Case Keenum Named Texans Starting QB Against Chiefs

Published 10/17 2013 01:52PM

Updated 10/17 2013 02:21PM

Former Wylie Bulldog Case Keenum was named the starting quarterback for the Houston Texans this week after Matt Schaub was ruled out on Thursday.

Earlier this week, Keenum and T.J. Yates started splitting reps with the first team offense after Schaub's injury against St. Louis on Sunday.

The Texans at the time were still saying a decision regarding this Sunday's starter may not come until later in the week, and perhaps as late as Sunday. Then on Thursday afternoon head coach Gary Kubiak named Keenum the starter immediately after announcing Schaub was out for Sunday's game.

Back in the preseason Keenum and Yates were locked in a competition for the back-up quarterback spot. During that time Keenum threw for 482 yards and 3 touchdowns in four games, including one as the starter.

Yates eventually took the back-up quarterback spot, and replaced Schaub on Sunday against the Rams. After coming into the game, Yates through for 98 yards and two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown.

Now the Texans will turn to Keenum to be the spark that snaps their four game losing streak.

"He's given me confidence through camp. He continues to grow. We're looking for a spark and he deserves an opportunity," said Kubiak.

This Sunday will also be the first time Keenum has been active for a game this season, and his first appearance in a regular season game in the NFL.

"We just want him to go out there and react. That's why he's on this football team," said Kubiak.

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