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UH Football Coach Kevin Sumlin, Quarterback Case Keenum Earn HonorsSumlin Named Semifinalist for Coach of the Year, Keenum Named Semifinalist for Player of the Year

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November 6, 2009-
National honors continue to be directed toward University Of Houston head football coach Kevin Sumlin and his field general Case Keenum.

Sumlin has been named a semifinalist for the George Munger College Coach of the Year honor, while Keenum is a semifinalist for the Maxwell Award Player of the Year Award.

The George Munger Award is named for the former University of Pennsylvania coach whose devotion to ethics in athletics and his commitment to education set a standard for which all college coaches should strive. Voters for the Maxwell college awards are NCAA head college football coaches, members of the Maxwell Football Club and sportswriters and sportscasters from across the country.

Sumlin has guided the Cougars to a 7-1 record this season and has led the Cougars to their second-best start after eight games in Houston history. Sumlin's offense ranks first in the nation per game in total offense (563.3), passing yards (422.6) and first downs (31.9) while the scoring offense ranks second (41.6).

Semifinalists for the 21st George Munger Award:
Mack Brown, University of Texas
Kirk Ferentz, University of Iowa
Al Golden, Temple University
Paul Johnston, Georgia Tech
Brian Kelly, University of Cincinnati
Chip Kelly, University of Oregon
Urban Meyer, University of Florida
Joseph Paterno, Penn State University
Gary Patterson, TCU
Chris Petersen, Boise State University
Nick Saban, University of Alabama
Randy Shannon, University of Miami
Mike Stoops, University of Arizona
Kevin Sumlin,  University of Houston
Dave Wannstedt, University of Pittsburgh

Cougars quarterback Keenum, a junior, is a semifinalist for the 73rd Maxwell Award for the College Player of the Year. This award is presented in honor of Robert W. (Tiny) Maxwell, legendary college player, official and sports columnist. Voters for the Maxwell College Awards are NCAA Head College Football Coaches, members of the Maxwell Football Club and sportswriters and sportscasters from across the country

Semifinalists for the Maxwell Award
Best, Jahvid, University of California Berkley, RB, JR
Clausen, Jimmy, Notre Dame, QB, JR
Devine, Noel, West Virginia University, RB, JR
Gerhart, Toby, Stanford University, RB, SR
Ingram, Mark, University of Alabama, RB, SOPH
Keenum, Case, University of Houston, QB, JR
LeFevour, Dan, Central Michigan University, QB, SR
Lewis, Dion, University of Pittsburgh, RB, FR
Matthews, Ryan, Fresno State University, RB, JR
McCoy, Colt, University of Texas, QB, SR
Moore, Kellen, Boise State University, QB, SOPH
Ponder, Christian, Florida State University, QB, JR
Rodgers, Jacquizz, Oregon State University, RB, SOPH
Shipley, Jordan, University of Texas, WR, SR
Tate Golden, Notre Dame, WR, JR
Tebow, Tim, University of Florida, QB, SR

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