Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 2/16/12
Overview-
2011 Houston Football was basically the Case Keenum Spectacle. Sure, there were other good performances from players such as Patrick Edwards and Justin Johnson, but Keenum stole the show. It will be hard to forget that nine-touchdown display against Rice, or the 532-yard game in his final showing against Penn State in their bowl game. Let’s take a look at what else took place for this offensive juggernaut that is the Houston Cougars.

Biggest Surprise- Case Keenum, Senior Quarterback
To some this isn’t a surprise at all. But considering the devastating injuries Keenum was returning from, and then looking at the jaw-dropping numbers he put up, it’s by far one of the best comeback stories from this past season. Given the amount that Houston throws the football, 48 touchdowns really isn’t even the biggest shocker. Keenum, despite 603 passing attempts, only threw 5 interceptions on the entire season. Sure, his game may not translate to the NFL, but he was perfect for the system they ran at Houston and the senior finished out his long career a winner and record holder.

Biggest Disappointment- Bryce Beall, Senior Running Back
After he burst onto the scene in his first season, Beall’s career took a steep downfall with injuries being the main factor. No more so than in 2011 when the senior finished with his lowest rushing totals of his career with only 311 yards. He did finish with seven touchdowns, but Beall just could not get over a nagging hamstring injury which severely hurt his ability to stay on the field even when he was suited up. Add in the depth that Houston boasted at the position with Charles Sims and Michael Hayes, and Beall was never the same offensive playmaker that many projected him to be after his freshman year.

2012 Outlook-
Big changes surround the 2012 Cougars’ offense. Gone are the head coach, top two quarterbacks, two running backs, and the top three wideouts. Despite those losses, each position has potential replacements with a great deal of experience already in hand. At QB, David Piland will get the first opportunity at taking over for the legendary Case Keenum. Piland became the starter when Keenum was injured a few years ago and played extremely well. He could have plenty of weapons to throw too with as many as eight receivers returning who caught a pass in 2011. Not to mention they add in BC transfer Clyde Lee and top recruit Deontay Greenberry whom they nabbed from Notre Dame on signing day. Both could have a big impact in 2012.

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