Originally posted on Fox Sports Houston  |  Last updated 4/30/12
Case Keenum always has the right perspective. So rather than displaying annoyance with not being drafted, Keenum is taking delight in the fact that he's getting his shot in the NFL and getting it with the team he fantasized about joining. The Texans will sign Keenum, the former University of Houston star and college football's all-time leading passer, as an undrafted free agent. "It still hasn't hit me," said Keenum Monday at UH. "I haven't even signed my contract yet. I'm just excited that I get a chance to go play in the NFL. It's pretty cool that it's coming true. I said before the draft that all I need is one chance and I got my one chance here with a great organization, great coaches." As a high school quarterback at Abilene's Wylie High School Keenum was not recruited heavily. But when he got an opportunity at UH, he made the most of it. But Keenum also had to overcome a major setback during his college career when he tore an ACL three games into the 2010 season. Keenum recovered and was awarded an extra year of eligibility for the Cougars, allowing him to set college's football's passing mark. Keenum was forced to sit through the NFL draft hoping his name would be called but that announcement never came. "If you would have told me two weeks ago that this is where I would be, with the Texans, I wouldn't have cared where I got drafted or even if I was drafted," said Keenum. "You want to get drafted but how it happened, it's perfect. I couldn't be happier" Now Keenum faces the challenge of sticking with an NFL franchise despite not being selected in the draft. He said that during a short workout session with Texans coach Gary Kubiak prior to the draft, he picked up a few pointers that have already improved his game. "I got a better in just twenty or thirty minutes," Keenum said. Keenum said Kubiak discussed with him, "Being able to play tall. Getting that energy going backwards and then coming back forward and getting the ball where it needs to be out on the corners and just being as quick as possible doing that. There are so many little things like patting the ball when I'm about to throw. I was throwing the ball well but I even threw the ball better when I was able to implement those things during the workout." Keenum has already heard from fellow Texans quarterback Matt Schaub. "Matt called Saturday night and said he was really excited, ready to get to work," said Keenum. "That meant a lot. I've got a lot to learn from him so I'm excited to get in the meeting room with him and get that going. It's going to be a lot of fun. I'm really excited for so many reasons that I really couldn't list them all right now if I tried." What remains to be seen is if the Texans will stick with a group which consists of Schaub, the veteran, second-year player T.J. Yates and Keenum as the only quarterbacks on the roster during training camp or if a veteran will be added to the mix. Nevertheless, Keenum is certainly in the mix and he relishes the chance: "It's awesome. It's truly unbelievable."
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