Ailing Houston Texans Name Case Keenum Starting QB

The ailing Houston Texans will turn to Case Keenum to start at quarterback Sunday.

Keenum, a University of Houston product, will take his first NFL regular season snap against the unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs’ third-ranked pass defense. Matt Schaub is still recovering from injuries sustained against the St. Louis Rams.

“We’re struggling, and we’re looking for a spark,” Houston coach Gary Kubiak said. “I think he deserves an opportunity to go out there.”

Case Keenum, who led his alma mater to an undefeated season in 2011, said it’s still sinking in.

“It is real,” Keenum said. “I have to pinch myself every now and then. It’s exciting. It’s what I want. It’s what I’ve wanted for a long time.”

ESPN’s Adam Teicher questioned the move to put rookie Case Keenum under center.

“On the road? Tough thing to ask of a young guy. Seems likeT.J. Yates, who won a playoff game for the Texans two years ago for the injured Schaub, would have been the better choice,” Teicher opined.

But Kubiak has faith in the young QB. And it’s not like he’s feeding Case Keenum to the wolves.

“It’s a tough place to get your first start and all that good stuff. But I’m not sending him out there by himself. I’m sending him out there with his football team, and the guys understand that.”

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