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5 Things to Know About New Vikings QB Case Keenum

The Vikings on Monday announced the signing of quarterback Case Keenum.

Keenum was with the Texans from 2012-14 before spending the past two seasons with the Rams.

The quarterback played 10 games during the 2016 season, starting nine of them, and was 196-of-322 passing for 2,201 yards, nine touchdowns and 11 interceptions. His quarterback rating in 2016 was 76.4.

Keenum was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2012 by the Texans and spent his rookie season on Houston's practice squad. In 2013, he was listed on the Texans active roster as the third-string passer behind starter Matt Schaub and T.J. Yates. He was promoted to second-string, however, and made his first career start on Oct. 20, 2013, when Schaub was sidelined due to injury. Keenum completed 15 of 25 passes for 271 yards, a touchdown and a passer rating of 110.6 in his NFL debut.

Here are five things to know about Keenum:


1. Decorated collegiate career

Keenum garnered attention during his career at the University of Houston. Former NFL quarterback Kevin Kolb was the Cougars starter in 2006, so Keenum redshirted his rookie season before coming on the scene in 2007.

During five active seasons at Houston, Keenum played 57 games and was 1,546-of-2,229 passing for 19,217 yards, 155 touchdowns and 46 interceptions. He also rushed for 897 yards and 23 scores on the ground. He missed a majority of the 2010 season with a torn ACL.

While playing for the Cougars, Keenum was named the Conference USA Freshman of the Year (2007); Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year (2008); was a two-time Conference USA Most Valuable Player (2009 and 2011) and also in 2009 and 2011 was awarded the Sammy Baugh Trophy as the nation's top collegiate passer.

View images of Vikings new QB Case Keenum from his days with the Los Angeles Rams and the Houston Texans.

2. Notable names

Keenum attended Wylie High School in Abilene, Texas, sharing an alma mater with actor Ty O'Neal, best known for his role as ice-skating cowboy Dwayne Robertson in D2: The Mighty Ducks and D3: The Mighty Ducks, both of which are set in Minneapolis. O'Neal is currently a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.

3. High school honors

During his high school career, Keenum made 42 starts and totaled 6,783 passing yards. He also added 48 touchdowns and added 2,000 rushing yards and 41 rushing touchdowns. Keenum in 2004 led Wylie to a 17-14 victory in the Texas Class 3A Division I championship game.


4. Texas connection

Keenum, who was born in Brownwood, Texas, joins four other Texas natives on the current Vikings roster. Vikings defensive end Brian Robison (Splendora), safety Andrew Sendejo (San Antonio), tight end David Morgan (Marble Falls) and wide receiver Cayleb Jones (Austin) also come from the Lone Star State. Defensive end Danielle Hunter moved to Texas during his youth but was born in Jamaica.


5. Football genes

Case isn't the only Keenum to love the gridiron.

Keenum's father, Steve Keenum, was an offensive lineman at McMurry University and later served as the school's head coach and athletic director. In addition, Steve served as head coach at Sul Ross State, was offensive coordinator at Tarleton State and was the offensive line coach at Hardin-Simmons.

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