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Old 02-08-2012   #1
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Default Film study - Case Keenum vs. S. Miss

A couple days ago, I started with the UH vs. Rice game, wanting to compare and contrast it with the Baylor vs. Rice game.

A common opponent for RGIII/Wright and Keenum/Edwards.

But it was just an obscenely ridiculous day for the Coogs, halfway through, I thought I would hold that off as not to show even more homerism.

So I thought, how about taking a look at Keenum's "worst" performance of the year.
That should also shed some light on WR Patrick Edwards as well.

I spent some 10-12 hours on this game.
But I'm sure it's not entirely objective.

Quite a many people are pegging RGIII and Kendall Wright as first rounders.
I have yet to commit a grade to either Keenum nor Edwards.
I'm not expecting neither to go before the third round.
I have no idea where Edwards will land.

What I can tell you is that I like Keenum more than Kolb (and I've followed both of them for their entire career.) But obviously, Kolb has the physical while Keenum is about the same statue as Drew Brees, maybe a little on the plus side.

First, a little personal info:

Case Keenum spent his childhood in Abilene, Texas, and is the son of Steve Keenum who served as an offensive lineman and later as head football coach and athletic director at McMurry.
The elder Keenum, known for an aggressive passing offensive strategy, was also head coach at Sul Ross State, offensive coordinator at Tarleton State, and offensive line coach at Hardin-Simmons.

Case got married before coming back for his 6th year at University of Houston. Kimberly Keenum is also from Abilene, Texas and graduated from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene.

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They got married last June, I learned by googling the internet.

At halftime of the S. Miss game, they showed a little bit about the couple that I found quite funny and endearing at the same time, I thought I would share with those who didn't have the chance to watch the game.

The TV crew filmed Kimberly in their tiny garage apartment that is so tiny one has to ask "how tiny is it?"

Well, it's a garage apartment.
They have no coffee table because there's just no room between the couch and the TV.
The couch is 5 feet from the entrance door.
The King size bed almost fills up the bedroom.
They have no dishwasher; she does all the dishes by hand.

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Without further ado, let's examine Keenum's worst performance of the season.
Keep in mind that there should be some homerism in my review (how much depending on the individual who reads.)
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Default Re: Film study - Case Keenum vs. S. Miss

Coming into the game, Keenum had thrown 45 TDs and only 3 Ints
He would throw 2 Ints in this game.

Possession Clock Ball On
1 KO 15:00 20

(1st and 10) KEENUM, Case screen pass complete to SIMS, Charles for no gain to the HOU20 Q(JOHNSON, J.)

Cover 2 - 5 man under
Quick swing pass. Keenum saw the LDE gaining on his RT;
he threw the ball slightly behind the RB (so that the ball is away from the DE to avoid the batted ball).

The nickel back did a good job getting off the block of the slot receiver and get just a piece of Simms who couldn't maintain balance and was only able to get back to the LOS.


(2nd and 10) KEENUM, Case OT pass incomplete to JOHNSON, Justin.

Cover 2; 6 man under; rush 3
Keenum read coverage well; he double pumped and held off until he saw that the safety had bitten on the underneath route before throwing the out route.
The safety held the receiver slightly; the ball was just off the fingertips of Justin Johnson.
That could have been a TD or a very long gain.



(3rd and 10) KEENUM, Case rush QK for 5 yards to the HOU25 (JOHNSON, E.;LAW, Cordarro).

Pocket collapsed with just 4 rushers; Keenum ran toward the left side line, eyes looking downfield; ball cocked ready to throw


(4th and 5) LEONE, Richie punt 25 yards to the 50 yardline, downed.
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(4th and 13) BOEHME, Peter punt 53 yards to the HOU0, touchback.

Possession Clock Ball On
3 12:48 20

The first drive is number 1
S. Miss first drive is number 2
This drive is number 3

(1st and 10) HOUSTON drive start at 12:48.

(1st and 10) SIMS, Charles rush up middle for 17 yards to the HOU37, 1ST DOWN HOU (WHEATON, M.;JOHNSON, J.).

(1st and 10) KEENUM, Case screen pass complete to CARRIER, Tyron for 2 yards to the HOU39 (JOHNSON, J.).

Quick swing pass; good job by nickel back to defeat the receiver block.


(2nd and 8) EDWARDS, P. rush reverse for loss of 9 yards to the HOU30 (LAW, Cordarro;POPE, Terrance).

S Miss defense is playing very fast but very discipline; they don't forget back side containment and they read plays very well.

Coogs were missing blocks all over the place.


(3rd and 17) KEENUM, Case rush QK for no gain to the HOU30
I just found out that I forgot to note this play.

On third and 17, must be that Keenum was running for his life.


LEONE, Richie punt 21 yards to the HOU46, downed.
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(4th and 6) HRAPMANN, Danny field goal attempt from 38 MISSED - wide left, spot at HOU21, clock 08:04.

S. Miss missed a FG

Possession Clock Ball On
5 FGA 08:04 21


1st and 10) HOUSTON drive start at 08:04.

(1st and 10) HAYES, Michael rush up middle for 8 yards to the HOU29 (COTTON, J.).


(2nd and 2) HAYES, Michael rush up middle for 11 yards to the HOU40, 1ST DOWN HOU (COTTON, J.;McCULLUM, D.).


(1st and 10) HAYES, Michael rush up middle for 1 yard to the HOU41 (McCULLUM, D.;WILSON, Khalid).


(2nd and 9) HAYES, Michael rush up middle for 5 yards to the HOU46 (THORNTON, R.;JOHNSON, J.), PENALTY USM personal foul 15 yards to the USM39, 1ST DOWN HOU.


(1st and 10) KEENUM, Case crossing pass complete to SIMS, Charles for 3 yards to the USM36.

S Miss played 3-5-3 defense, giving up nothing deep.
Keenum waited and waited before he hit the 4th read.
The RB slipped (he could have gained at least 3 more yards.)
I didn't note how long it took Keenum to get to his fourth read;
I will take a closer look, but I'm quite positive that it didn't take long.
I did make a few notes on other occasions.


(2nd and 7) SIMS, Charles rush draw play for 1 yard to the USM35 (THORNTON, R.).


(3rd and 6) KEENUM, Case crossing pass incomplete to JOHNSON, Justin, dropped pass (COTTON, J.).

S Miss brought 6 to the line and rushed 5
They tripled teamed WR Edwards.
RB stayed back to block.
Keenum looked left (Edwards), looked right (both receivers covered), and went back to the middle quickly to Johnson who dropped the ball.
This would have been enough for a FG attempt.



(4th and 6) KEENUM, Case deep in pass incomplete to EDWARDS, P..


Cover 2 with RCB played off the LOS in 1/4 with the safety.
Edwards was in between sitting in the zone or going deep (to burn the safety).
Keenum couldn't wait due to pressure and didn't want to throw the ball ahead of the receiver as not to subject him to a big hit by the safety.
Ball was slightly behind Edwards.
It would have been more than enough for a first down.
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(4th and 2) BOEHME, Peter punt 50 yards to the HOU7, out-of-bounds.

Possession Clock Ball On
7 PUNT 04:20 7

(1st and 10) HOUSTON drive start at 04:20.


(1st and 10) KEENUM, Case slant pass incomplete to CARRIER, Tyron (PRESLEY, K.).

With the ball at the 7, Cougars went with a quick pass looking to gain some yards.
Against a zone, Keenum found Carrier in front of the underneath zone on a pass that would have gained 4 if only Carrier hadn't bobbled the ball and then got hit by the RCB who reacted well. Ball was right on the money and on time.


(2nd and 10) KEENUM, Case deep in pass complete to EDWARDS, P. for 13 yards to the HOU20, 1ST DOWN HOU (PRESLEY, K.).

Against a 3-6-2 defense, Keenum looked right then went back to the left and found Edwards quickly in the zone for 13.
The safety reacted very well to get off the RB #5 (who ran a side line route) and limited Edwards to a 13 yd gain.


(1st and 10) SIMS, Charles rush right for loss of 3 yards to the HOU17 (LAW, Cordarro).
Poor blockings.


(2nd and 13) KEENUM, Case deep pass incomplete to CARRIER, Tyron, dropped pass.

Against a 4-5-2 defense, from his 17, Keenum laid a perfect pass right into the basket of the receiver who promptly dropped the ball at the S Miss 44.
(Carrier is the all-time reception leader at UH and in the CUSA, not Edwards.)

That was a clear TD if it ever was.

Keenum had looked right, up the middle to hold off the off-side safety, stepped up the pocket to keep away from the egde rush, held off just enough for the on side safety to bit on Edwards before delivering the strike.

He was hit by the RDE just after he released the ball. Only a quick delivery helped him get the ball off.


(3rd and 13) KEENUM, Case SIR pass incomplete to PEACE, Dewayne, QB hurry by THORNTON, Khyri.

Pressure by the RDE, the LDT and the LDE forced Keenum out of the pocket toward the side line and to throw the ball away.

He expected his receiver to come back toward the side line to help him, but the guy was still busy running his route.
It was 3rd and 13, the receiver #3 ran 12 yards past the first down marker without ever looking back.
He was wide open, too; the safety had stayed deep.


(4th and 13) LEONE, Richie punt 20 yards to the HOU37, out-of-bounds.
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With S. Miss facing 3rd and 10 at the HTN 14, the Coogs safety #41 missed a tackle that would have kept the receiver short of the first down and limit the opponent to a FG try.

S Miss scored the TD to lead 7-0


(1st and 0) HRAPMANN, Danny kickoff 70 yards to the HOU0, touchback.

Possession Clock Ball On
9 KO 01:09 20

(1st and 10) HOUSTON drive start at 01:09 at their 20


(1st and 10) KEENUM, Case deep out pass complete to JOHNSON, Justin for 17 yards to the HOU37, 1ST DOWN HOU (PRESLEY, K.).

Keenum looked left to hold both the CB and the safety and went back to the crosser coming from the other side for 17.

Case rolled left to buy time, one of the many things he's adept at.


(1st and 10) HAYES, Michael rush over right tackle for 3 yards to the HOU40.


(2nd and 7) KEENUM, Case screen pass complete to HAYES, Michael for loss of 6 yards to the HOU34 (COLLINS, Jamie).

Keenum looked left to set up the screen to the right to the RB Hayes.
(Similar to Newton, Keenum is also very good at this - not telegraphing the screen pass.)
Hayes caught the ball but slipped and fell down.
Poor blocking allowed the defender to make the tackle for a 6 yards loss.
Good read and react by the LB.



(3rd and 13) Start of 2nd quarter, clock 15:00.


(3rd and 13) KEENUM, Case sacked for loss of 17 yards to the HOU17 (COLLINS, Jamie).

Pocket collapsed quickly.


(4th and 30) LEONE, Richie punt 42 yards to the USM41, LAMPLEY, Tracy return 8 yards to the USM49, out-of-bounds (JOHNSON, Justin), PENALTY HOU personal foul 15 yards to the HOU36, 1st and 10, USM ball on HOU36.
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Default Re: Film study - Case Keenum vs. S. Miss

A 15 yd penalty after the PUNT gave the ball to S Miss at the Hou 36
They scored on 3 plays to lead 14-0
One subperb low catch and a botched assignment in coverage.
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So far Keenum stats line shows 6/12 and a meager 29 yards thanks to all the drop balls.

(1st and 0) HRAPMANN, Danny kickoff 51 yards to the HOU19, JOHNSON, Justin return 16 yards to the HOU35 (McCULLUM, D.;SMITH, Alex).

Possession Clock Ball On
11 KO 13:08 35


(1st and 10) HOUSTON drive start at 13:08 at the 35


(1st and 10) KEENUM, Case middle pass complete to WILLIAMS, R. for 3 yards to the HOU38.

5-man blitz and a quick pass; receiver slipped after catching the ball (another 2-3 yards possibility.)


(2nd and 7) SIMS, Charles rush up middle for no gain to the HOU38 (THORNTON, R.;SMITH, Michael).
S Miss won big at the line.


(3rd and 7) KEENUM, Case screen pass complete to SIMS, Charles for 31 yards to the USM31, 1ST DOWN HOU, out-of-bounds (COLLINS, Jamie).

Keenum looked right, left, middle before went back to the left for the wide-open RB (all 5 reads).
Ball left his hand in about 2-1/2 secs
He made all 5 reads and holding off 2 deep coverage including the LBs, not showing exactly where he might go with the ball.


(1st and 10) HAYES, Michael rush up middle for no gain to the USM31 (THORNTON, R.;COLLINS, Jamie).

(2nd and 10) KEENUM, Case screen pass complete to SIMS, Charles for 7 yards to the USM24 (PRESLEY, K.).
Screen pass to the RB all the way.


(3rd and 3) HAYES, Michael rush up middle for 2 yards to the USM22 (THORNTON, R.;WILSON, Khalid)
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(4th and 1) Timeout Houston, clock 10:13.

(4th and 1) HAYES, Michael rush up middle for 2 yards to the USM20, 1ST DOWN HOU (GREEN, Tim;COTTON, J.).

(1st and 10) PENALTY HOU false start 5 yards to the USM25.


(1st and 15) KEENUM, Case deep out pass complete to JOHNSON, Justin for 6 yards to the USM19.

Quick decision to get back some yards after the false start penalty.


(2nd and 9) KEENUM, Case screen pass complete to HAYES, Michael for 9 yards to the USM10, 1ST DOWN HOU (PRESLEY, K.).

Quick swing pass to the RB to get the first down.

S Miss played a lot of cover 2, cover 4, sometimes rushed only 3.
Their game plan was to take away the deep throw (especially to Edwards), forcing the QB to be patient.
The running game should have better due to this, but S. Miss were winning at the line more often than not.



(1st and 0) HAYES, Michael rush up middle for 1 yard to the USM9 (THORNTON, R.;COLLINS, Jamie).


(2nd and 0) KEENUM, Case crossing pass complete to JOHNSON, Justin for 9 yards to the USM0, TOUCHDOWN, clock 07:48.

S Miss played 4 deep; Keenum saw that the safety took a step back and quickly fired the ball to the right slot receiver who beat the LB before the safety came back. TD.
Keenum usually can see a lot of things on the field.
His pre-snap and post-snap reads are very good.



(1st and 0) HOGAN, Matt kick attempt good.
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(4th and 10) HRAPMANN, Danny punt 41 yards to the HOU39, fair catch by EDWARDS, P..

Possession Clock Ball On
13 PUNT 07:27 39

(1st and 10) HOUSTON drive start at 07:27 at the 37


(1st and 10) KEENUM, Case slant pass complete to EDWARDS, P. for 2 yards to the HOU41 (POPE, Terrance).

Keenum looked right and then to the middle to set up a receiver screen to Edwards on the left.
Still, the 43 NT did a great job reading the Center and defeat his seal block to come back and make the tackle.
Edwards had a very good chance to get a first down there.


(2nd and 8) KEENUM, Case middle pass complete to JOHNSON, Justin for 6 yards to the HOU47 (THORNTON, R.;PRESLEY, K.).

Keenum saw the confusion in the defense at the line and called for a quick snap.
Seeing a 5-man blitz, he went quickly with a slant in (to the vacant middle) for 6.
Keenum has good awareness, and he will take advantage of lapses in the defense.


(3rd and 2) HAYES, Michael rush up middle for 2 yards to the HOU49, 1ST DOWN HOU (POPE, Terrance).


(1st and 10) KEENUM, Case post pass complete to JOHNSON, Justin for 50 yards to the USM1, 1ST DOWN HOU (COTTON, J.;WHEATON, M.).

A great ball fake by Keenum to the RB drew 6 defenders to the line.
Knowing that Edwards was double-teamed (as he was the whole game - even triple-teamed at times), Keenum striked quickly to one of the slot receivers before the on-side safety can react (as he was also occupied by another vertical.) Keenum can read coverage well to take advantage.
50 yards catch and run all the way to the one.


(1st and 0) HAYES, Michael rush up middle for 1 yard to the USM0, TOUCHDOWN, clock 05:47.

(1st and 0) HOGAN, Matt kick attempt good.

Score tied 14 all.
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A miss tackle by the Coogs LCB and poor angle by the safety gave S. Miss an easy 69yd TD

S Miss led 21-14

(1st and 0) HRAPMANN, Danny kickoff 39 yards to the HOU31, LEWIS, Jeffery return 3 yards to the HOU34 (BECTON-MARTIN,T;HOWZE, Alan).

Possession Clock Ball On
15 KO 04:16 34


(1st and 10) HOUSTON drive start at 04:16.


(1st and 10) KEENUM, Case OT pass incomplete to CARRIER, Tyron.

Both edge rushers beat the two OTs quickly; Keenum had to step up the pocket and had no time to wait.
(There were only 4 rushers and 7 in coverage.)

The DE was right behind Keenum just after he released the ball.
Carrier was open at the 46 for a first down but the catchable ball went right through his hand.
(Catchable ball called by the announcer.)
Carrier could have gained at least another 5 YAC as well.


(2nd and 10) KEENUM, Case rush QK for 9 yards to the HOU43 (JONES, Deddrick;THORNTON, R.).

Keenum saw that the swing pass was taken away as well as the short pass so he took off and ran for 9-1/2 to make it 3rd and a short 1.

(3rd and 1) HAYES, Michael rush up middle for no gain to the HOU43 (SNOWDEN, Jeremy;COLLINS, Jamie).

Coogs went with the jumbo formation but failed to gain 1/2 a yard.
S Miss win at the line again, especially in crucial situation.



(4th and 1) LEONE, Richie punt 57 yards to the USM0, touchback.
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S, Miss get the ball back at their 20 and held on to the ball for the last 2:41 mins to run out the half.

They led 21-14 at the half.
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Hey, I really like reading your breakdowns. Since you had that game out, what do you think of SoMiss OLB/DE Ronnie Thorton?
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Another OLB/DE prospect from that team is Cordarro Law, who's probably a 4-7 round guy. He may be worth watching as well if you're going to review it for Thorton
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Another OLB/DE prospect from that team is Cordarro Law, who's probably a 4-7 round guy. He may be worth watching as well if you're going to review it for Thorton
These two guys played very well in this game.
Law's name was called a lot.
I've gone back and focused on them in the first half.
I will do a recap tomorrow when I have a day off.

S. Miss played a lot of 3-2-dime and 4-2-nickel.
Law was used as a 43 DE or 34 DE on either side.
His primary task is an edge rusher;
he will attack the inside from time to time;
he will also take on double teams or go on a stunt himself.

Thorton played a similar role as Cushing.
He patrols the middle of the field often.
But he will come up on blitzes or run blitzes on the edge or up the middle.

First impression is that they are both draftable.

I will recap their play in the first half and include most of their plays into the second half action.
(I've already finished with the break-downs, but I didn't focus on them.)

One thing I can tell right now is that their plays were among the main reasons (if not the very key ones) S. Miss won on defense in this game.

PS - I noticed that beerlover didn't even have Keenum in his QB list.
I found that rather odd.
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For the half, Keenum was 15-22 for 152 yards and 1 TD.

However, there was that sure drop where Keenum laid the ball in the receiver basket that should have gone for an 83 yd TD.

There were 3 other drops for at least 28 yards.

There was a hold by a safety that prevented a receiver from catching a possible 80yd TD on a catch and run or at least a very long gain.

The receivers also slipped at least 3 times (on a quick re-count) negating at least 9 YAC.

It could have been easily a half with over 300 passing yards and 2 or 3 TDs for Keenum against a good defense.
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Recap for Law and Thorton.

Law played 34 DE or 43 DE; basically he lines up in the same spots.
Somewhere near the OT.

Thorton played inside LB; he normally patrols the middle field in a similar fashion to Cushing (and he can play side line to side line just the same).


Some of the notes in the first half for these two guys are as followed:

Quick swing pass. Keenum saw the LDE Law gaining on his RT;

LDE Law was on the other side and chased from the back side of the play. Good effort to make the tackle.

MLB Thorton took on the LG block very well; others in the secondary missed their gaps and tackles.

LDE Law stayed disciplined, containing the back side RB and got off to stop the play.

Thorton played his coverage correctly.

Law and Thorton kept their gap assingments (4 consecutive plays.)
For the half, both of them were doing their job.

Thorton read the play very well and shot the gap to make the tackle.

Poor blockings. LAW shut down the play.

Keenum was hit by the RDE LAW just after he released the ball. Only a quick delivery helped him get the ball off.

Pressure by the RDE Law, the LDT and the LDE forced Keenum out of the pocket toward the side line and threw the ball away.
ROLB Thorton played on the line and took on the double team LT/LG to allow Law to stunt and chased Keenum from the back side.

LDE Law won over the RT; he was also on Keenum.

MLB Thorton came in on a blitz to beat the LG and was in Keenum's grill.

MLB Thorton read the play easily and came in unblocked to stop the RB for no gain.

RDE Collins made the play. Thorton flowed well. LDE Law was actively chasing from the back side.

Screen pass to the RB all the way.
Thorton showed good awareness, reaction and a good burst.

Thorton showed discipline and was rewarded with an easy tackle.

RDE Law and LB Thorton (blowing up the LG's block) shut down the left side.

Thorton was quick to help the LCB

Thorton chased well from the back side.

Thorton unblocked, showed good hip fluidity to cut inside and take the runner down from behind (1yd gain).

Thorton read the QB and reacted quite well.

RDE Law beat the LT

Thorton read well and took away the short pass to the receiver on an inside route.

Again, Law and Thorton shut down the D right side.

Law had a combined 4 QB pressure/hurry/hit
Thorton had one and played very well both against the run and in coverage.
You can see that they had good impacts for the defense.

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SECOND HALF ACTION

Possession Clock Ball On
18 PUNT 13:33 17

4th and 6) HRAPMANN, Danny punt 48 yards to the HOU17, downed.
(1st and 10) HOUSTON drive start at 13:33 from their 17


(1st and 10) KEENUM, Case deep in pass incomplete to PEACE, Dewayne (WHEATON, M.).

After the ball fake, Keenum looked left and saw that Edwards was triple-teamed temporarily.
He went to the right and saw that the RB screen was well covered and pulled the ball back.
As he stepped up the pocket to avoid the pass rush by the RDE, he delivered a low but catchable ball that could have gained 7-8 yards but Peace dropped the ball.Keenum was hit right after. QB Hurry and QB Hit.

42 LDE Law checked the receiver's reverse from the other side and did not rush.
RILB Thorton checked the RB out in the offense left flat.
He was also smart to keep an eye on Edwards early and late (this is the triple-team.)


(3rd and 3) SIMS, Charles rush over right guard for 3 yards to the HOU27, 1ST DOWN HOU (JONES, Deddrick;WILSON, Deron).

32 RDE Law stunted to inside the LG; Simms ran up the other A gap.
The only OLB played on the line.

Thorton stayed back as the lone ILB.
He couldn't commit early and was neutralized the RG releasing off the combo block.
He needed to take on the block stronger as he couldn't shred off the RG soon enough.
Simms got enough for a first down; a better play by Thorton here could have helped foil the conversion.


(1st and 10) KEENUM, Case post pass complete to CARRIER, Tyron for 15 yards to the HOU42, 1ST DOWN HOU (PRESLEY, K.).

Keenum found the open man in a 43 zone for 15.
The ball was out of there in a hurry.
41 RDE beat the LT to the inside, but Keenum got rid of the ball too quickly.
Thornton was the lone LB; he spied on the RB and covered the short hole.
He reacted back quickly and was near the ball in case the other defender miss the tackle.


(1st and 10) SIMS, Charles rush up middle for 1 yard to the HOU43 (THORNTON, R.;COLLINS, Jamie).


Cannot see the beginning of the play, but Law controlled his edge.
Thorton went just past the LOS and reached out to grab the RB with the help of another defender (Collins).


(2nd and 9) KEENUM, Case deep out pass incomplete to SIMS, Charles (JONES, Deddrick), QB hurry by JONES, Deddrick.

Keenum was hit as he threw the ball, causing an incompletion.
The LG was beaten quickly by a LB in a 4-man zone blitz.
Looks like Keenum saw an open man downfield, too.
QB Hit/Hurry directly caused the incompletion.
Law not in line up. Thorton dropped into coverage - NA


(3rd and 9) KEENUM, Case SIR pass incomplete to PEACE, Dewayne, QB hurry by SMITH, Michael.

Pocket collapsed with just another 4-man rush; Keenum was hit by the DT as he threw the ball.
The come back route would have gained more than enough for a first down (about 12 yards.)
S Miss win too often at the line in crucial situation.
Keenum had looked left (nothing open) before going back to the right.
Ball left his hand just a hair after 2 secs and he was hit right away.
Law not in line up. Thorton dropped in coverage and redirected the slot receiver, trailing well.
Another QB Hit/Hurry directly caused the incompletion.


(4th and 9) LEONE, Richie punt BLOCKED, recovered by USM BRADLEY, F. at HOU11 (blocked by BRADLEY, F.), BRADLEY, F. for 11 yards to the HOU0, TOUCHDOWN, clock 11:35.
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S Miss blocked the punt and recovered it for a TD to lead 28-14
NOBODY blocked the edge guy, dang it!
Actually, S Miss sent the house; the Coogs let too many guys going to the second level.
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Possession Clock Ball On
20 KO 11:35 38

(1st and 10) HOUSTON drive start at 11:35.

(1st and 10) KEENUM, Case post pass complete to CARRIER, Tyron for 12 yards to the 50 yardline, 1ST DOWN HOU.

Keenum found the deepest receiver in the zone for 12.
A 3-man rush pushing the pocket.
S Miss keep bringing in fresh body trying to wear out the Cougars line.
Can't see where Law was.
LDE took on one double team for NT to stunt to the outside.
RDE took on double team LT & LG; the LG played too high and lost his balance by the push.
RDE then pushed LT dangerously close to Keenum.

Good thing the pass was gone in 1-1/2 secs.
Not quite a QB pressure, but it would have been if the QB doesn't have a quick delivery and/or couldn't make the quick decision.
Thorton stretched his zone pretty well, but Keenum's pass was just too quick and fast.
The INT possibility was there.


(1st and 10) KEENUM, Case post pass complete to JOHNSON, Justin for 13 yards to the USM37, 1ST DOWN HOU (PRESLEY, K.).

They continue scheming to take away Edwards.
Keenum completed a pass into a tight window to Johnson for 13.

Keenum was hit again as he release the pass (another 4 man zone blitz)

The 34 RDE put on a good club move to make the LG whiff completely.
He threw Keenum to the ground in less than 2 secs.

Keenum was still able to deliver a pin-point pass.
Announcer: Knowing he's going to get hit. Well-thrown ball into traffic .

Law was not in the line-up.

Thorton was spying on Edwards (triple-team) and reacted pretty well to stay close to the ball.
This guy looks to have smooth and flexible hip; he changes direction in coverage very well.
Hence the tight window (CB, LB, and safety).


(1st and 10) KEENUM, Case rush QK for 4 yards to the USM33, out-of-bounds (WILSON, Deron).

Another 4-man zone blitz force Keenum to run (even with the RB staying back to block.)

RT handled the LDE (it wasn't Law) pretty well. Keenum saw the RB cut block the LB Thorton who blitzed off the edge.
He had a good wall in front (due to two double-teams) so he kept hop-stepping/sliding forward.
Keenum continued to look downfield but there was nothing open.

Past the 3 sec mark, Keenum knew he couldn't wait any longer so he took off and ran.
(Eyes in the back of his head; or rather QB smart.)

Thorton got up and chased after him.
Good job by the RB (who also got up) getting just a little of Thorton to slow the LB down just a hair so that Keenum can scramble out to the side line as two more defenders converged.


(2nd and 6) SIMS, Charles rush over left tackle for 2 yards to the USM31 (POPE, Terrance;THORNTON, R.).

RDE blew up the play.
Thorton did a decent job shredding the lineman's block to join in late.


(3rd and 4) KEENUM, Case SIL pass incomplete to EDWARDS, Patrick (McCULLUM, D.).

S Miss brought 7 men to the line and blitzed 5.

The ball was tipped at the LOS by McCullum as Keenum went with a quick side line throw. Incomplete pass.

RB stayed to help to block, but the whole D line was pushing the wall back with no room to step up.

Edwards ran a quick out and would have gained about 7-8 yards and a first down.


(4th and 4) KEENUM, Case crossing pass complete to JOHNSON, Justin for 16 yards to the USM15, 1ST DOWN HOU (THOMPSON, M.).

S Miss brought 7 to the line but rush only 4.
Keenum made a good read.
He looked right to lure the hole defender toward the side line and to freeze the safety temporarily, then went back to the middle (his third read) and completed a pass easily and quickly to Johnson for 16 yards, leading the receiver well.
(YAC due to QB leading the receiver toward the open field. Keenum protects his receiver from the safety.)

LDE Law took on a double team; can't see Thorton - he may not be on the field.


(1st and 10) KEENUM, Case screen pass complete to EDWARDS, P. for 5 yards to the USM10 (COLLINS, Jamie).


Quick screen pass to Edwards to gain 5 yards to get Edwards involved as S Miss often play the RCB off the line in 1/4 with the safety.
They will not let him over the top.

LB Thorton reacted well and used his hands to get off one of the receiver's block to get to the receiver along the side line.
Edwards made a good move to duck under Thorton but another defender came in to clean it up.


(2nd and 5) HAYES, Michael rush over left tackle for 9 yards to the USM1, 1ST DOWN HOU (THORNTON, R.).

Hayes made three guys miss but couldn't keep his balance.
He barely escapted Thorton's tackle.
Thorton had read and flowed well to the ball.


(1st and 0) KEENUM, Case flag pass intercepted by WILSON, Deron at the USM0, WILSON, Deron return 0 yards to the USM0, touchback.

S Miss stacked the line to play the run, but the Coogs couldn't take advantage of the one-on-one in the corner.

The RCB Wilson played the back shoulder fade well and made a nice INT.

Edwards took a wide split and needed to take a harder inside stem to move the CB a little to the inside (like Wayne on Jackson), especially since he's a small receiver, the CB won't worry too much about a deep throw into the corner.

Also, Edwards turned his head too soon, IMO.
He "photographed" the route to the CB here.

(It will be interesting to rewatch how other receivers run the fade route in the redzone.
I'm making a note to myself here so I can go back and watch how the pros do it.)

The RB had missed the blitzing LB who hurried Keenum into a decision.
But then again, Keenum might have his mind made up already; this part I don't know.
Keenum's first bad pass in the game and it was costly.

.....

I did go back and check out several other fade routes;
the observations will be posted soon.
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I went back and watch the pros.


In the Colts game, Reggie Wayne took an inside stem (a couple of small steps) to take the CB inside a little bit to give him more room on the side line.
He started by planting his right foot, then took two small steps - left, right - (slightly toward the inside with his body showing a dounle move) looking at Jackson all the while.

He then made the cut to the outside with two big steps - left, right, still looking at Jackson.

Only when he started to take the third step to the left - toward the side line (the fifth steps if counting from the beginning of the route) did Wayne started turning his head to look for the ball.

....

On the other hand, Edwards turned to look at the ball from the get-go.
He didn't take his stem to the inside either.
Just as I suspected.

....

In the Titans game, Donnie Avery faked an inside slant to Jason Allen before turning to the corner; something Edwards didn't do.

.....

In the Ravens game, Boldin's TD over Allen is a little different since it was from the 10.
But similarly, Boldin did take an inside stem before cutting toward the side line in the end zone.
Same concept of taking the CB to the inside to give the receiver and QB more room on the side line.

....

I have to conclude that Keenum's INT was due to Edwards' poor route running; as the following obseervations will further illustrate.
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Default Re: Film study - Case Keenum vs. S. Miss

While checking on how Edwards may run the fade route on other occasions, I went back to watch another UH game - against the UCLA Bruins;

then I side-tracked and went on to watch the Bruins played the Cardinals Stanford.

When I come back to those two games, people will be surprised as to how I grade the two QB plays: Andrew Luck vs. Keenum.

...

But back to the point; Edwards does know how to change up his route running.
He did run a fade with an inside stem.
He did run another fade without looking back early at the ball.

So he does know how to run the route, but he wants to mix things up so that the opponent can't pick up a tendency when they study his game film.

On this particular play in the S. Miss game, he telegraphed the route just because he chose not to do the two things that are important for a successful fade route (stemming inside and not looking back early), and the CB took advantage of it.
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Coogs get the ball back with an INT of their own.

(3rd and 9) DAVIS, Austin deep in pass intercepted by STEWARD, P. at the USM29, STEWARD, P. return 25 yards to the USM4, out-of-bounds (HOLMES, Lamar) (McGRAW, Marcus).

22 INT 07:08 4

(1st and 0) HAYES, Michael rush over right tackle for 4 yards to the USM0, TOUCHDOWN, clock 07:05.

The RT did a great job clearing LB Thorton out of the way.



(1st and 0) HOGAN, Matt kick attempt good.
Coogs drew within 7 (21-28)
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