July 16, 2012
IRVING, Texas - Conference USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky announced today that former Houston quarterback Case Keenum and UTEP softball player Camilla Carrera were selected as the 2011-12 C-USA Athletes of the Year.
Complete Athletes of the Year Release
In addition to this award, Keenum was the first two-time recipient of the Conference USA Most Valuable Player Award for football. These awards add to a history-making senior season for the Abilene, Texas, native. Keenum broke NCAA records for career passing yardage (19,217), total offense (20,114), touchdown passes (155), total touchdowns (178), completions (1,546) and 300-yard games (39). He owns virtually every NCAA career passing mark and is the first player in NCAA history with three career 5,000-yard seasons. Keenum was the country's top passer in 2011, throwing for 5,631 yards and 48 touchdowns. His yardage and TD totals led the country, while his completion percentage (71.0) and passing efficiency (174.0) ranked among the top six in America. Keenum won the 2011 Sammy Baugh Award, given to the nation's top passer, becoming just the second two-time winner in the history of that award as well. During his career, Keenum won the C-USA MVP award in 2009, the Offensive Player of the Year award in 2008 and Freshman of the Year honors in 2007. He signed with the Houston Texans in April.
Carrera became the first C-USA player since 2003 to be tabbed to the NFCA All-America First Team and the second player in conference history to win two Player of the Year honors. Carrera put together one of the most prolific offensive seasons in NCAA Division I history, blasting 32 home runs and slugging 1.199 for the season. Both marks are the second-best in NCAA Division I single-season history. She averaged 0.60 home runs per game to set a new single-season standard in the NCAA record book. Carrera hit a league-leading .447 overall, while posting C-USA-bests in runs (62), RBI (66), on base percentage (.597), total bases (169) and walks (49). Carrera's home run and total bases tally are C-USA single-season records, while her batting average, run and RBI totals are the second-best single-season totals in league history. She recorded 18-multi RBI games, 17 multi-hit games, and seven multi-HR games during 2012. Carrera becomes the second Miner in three seasons to earn the women's award.
The 2011-12 athletic season marked the ninth time that C-USA has honored Male and Female Athletes of the Year. The award is based solely on athletic achievement during an academic year and the winners are determined by a vote of the conference's 12 Directors of Athletics. A complete list of winners to follow:
Conference USA Athletes of the Year
2011-12 Case Keenum, Houston football/Camilla Carrera, UTEP softball
2010-11 Chad Zurcher, Memphis baseball/Tori Bowie, Southern Miss track & field
2009-10 Anthony Rendon, Rice baseball/Blessing Okagbare, UTEP track & field
2008-09 Jason Colwick, Rice track & field/Toni Paisley, East Carolina softball & Sara Radosevic, Tulane volleyball
2007-08 Chris Douglas-Roberts, Memphis basketball/Angel Shamblin, Houston softball
2006-07 Joe Savery, Rice baseball/Ebonie Floyd, Houston track & field
2005-06 Brad Lincoln, Houston baseball & DeAngelo Williams, Memphis football/Jillian Robbins, Tulsa basketball
2004-05 Lance Broadway, TCU baseball/Sandora Irvin, TCU basketball
2003-04 Michael Kogan, Tulane tennis/Chandi Jones, Houston basketball