Keeping Score

C-USA Top 5: Houston's Keenum leads way as league's best player of all time

Former Houston quarterback Case Keenum stands out as the most prominent football player in Conference USA history. 

As the holder of several FBS career passing records, there's no doubt as to who deserves to be considered the best football player in C-USA's existence.

While offensive numbers seem to be on the rise with each season, there are some records that Keenum set that may never be broken. 

Keenum's 19,217 career passing yards is over 2,000 more than the man in second place, Hawaii's Timmy Chang.

Here you have it, the five best players in C-USA history regardless of position:

1. Case Keenum (Houston, 2007-11): Keenum's numbers were slightly padded due to receiving a medical redshirt after to an injury in the third game of the 2010 season, but he would still be the FBS record holder even without the 636 yards he threw for in 2010. The quarterback threw for 155 touchdowns and ran for 23 more. He only threw for 46 interceptions.

2. DeAngelo Williams (Memphis, 2002-05): The running back deserves his place among the best rushers in FBS history. He ranks fifth all-time in BCS with 6,026 yards. Of Memphis' seven bowl games, Williams was a part of three of them.

3. Adalius Thomas (Southern Miss, 1996-99): He was the best player on the field every time he faced off against Conference USA competition. Thomas was twice named Conference USA Defensive Player with 34.5 career sacks and 242 tackles. USM won three conference titles in his time at the school.

4. Jarett Dillard (Rice, 2005-08): Like Keenum and Williams, Dillard hovers near the top of the all-time receiving records in FBS. He holds the FBS record for most career touchdown receptions with 60, which is 10 ahead of the second-place man, Louisiana Tech's Troy Edwards. 

5. Vinny Curry (Marshall, 2008-11): His last two years in C-USA were as dominant as any defender in league history. The defensive end had 94 tackles and 12 sacks as a junior and had 77 tackles and 11 sacks in his senior season. As a senior, Curry forced seven fumbles.

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