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David J. Phillip, File, Associated Press
FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2010 file photo, Houston quarterback Case Keenum uses crutches as he makes his way onto the field before an NCAA college football game against Tulane in Houston. Houston's star senior quarterback was approaching several NCAA records when he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee against the Bruins and was lost for the 2010 season. The knee is healed now, and the rejuvenated Keenum is back for one more season with the Cougars after the NCAA granted him a sixth year of eligibility.

HOUSTON — Houston quarterback Case Keenum hasn't played in a game in nearly a year, not since he injured his right knee in a Sept. 18 loss at UCLA.

Keenum will resume his assault on the NCAA record book Saturday after getting a rare sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA. And he will do it at home against the Bruins.

He has come a long way from doctors telling him his season was over and sobbing in the arms of his father at the Rose Bowl. His school is promoting him as a Heisman Trophy candidate and barring another injury, Keenum could wind up making a case for himself.