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University of Houston to retire Case Keenum's number

The University of Houston announced Wednesday it would retire the No. 7 worn by former quarterbacks David Klingler and Case Keenum.

Case Keenum is having his number retired. 

The University of Houston announced Wednesday it would retire the No. 7 worn by former quarterbacks David Klingler and Keenum on Oct. 29 during a game against UCF. 

The number will be third retired by the school, joining the No. 11 worn by 1989 Heisman Trophy winner Andre Ware and the No. 78 worn by 1976 Lombardi Award winner Wilson Whitley. Both Ware and Whitley are members of the College Football Hall of Fame. True freshmen receiver Marquez Stevenson and cornerback Patrick Rosette will be the last players to wear No. 7 and will switch jersey numbers next season. 

Keenum, the current starting quarterback for the Los Angeles Rams, had three 5,000-yard passing seasons at Houston. He finished his collegiate career with 17 NCAA records, including 19,217 career passing yards and 20,114 yards of total offense. His 155 career passing touchdowns are also most all time. Keenum twice won the Sammy Baugh Trophy and was the Conference USA MVP in 2009 and 2011 and the conference's offensive player of the year in 2008. 

Keenum was the winningest quarterback in Houston history with 37 wins in 51 starts.

Before Keenum shattered the record books at Houston, there was Klingler, who set an NCAA record with 11 passing touchdowns in an 84-21 win over Eastern Washington on Nov. 17, 1990. He threw for a then-NCAA record 54 touchdowns that season. Klingler threw at least seven touchdown passes in a single game five times over his career. He threw set an NCAA record in 1991 with eight touchdowns in the second quarter of a 73-3 win over Louisiana Tech. 

The Cincinnati Bengals selected Klingler with the sixth overall pick in the 1992 draft, but he was one of the biggest NFL busts of all time. He started four games as a rookie and was given the starting job in 1993, but eventually lost it to Jeff Blake. After four disappointing seasons with the Bengals, Klingler finished his career with two seasons in Oakland. He threw for 3,994 yards with 16 touchdowns and 22 interceptions in 33 career games with 24 starts. 

Keenum was undrafted out of Houston in 2012, but signed by the Houston Texans and spent his rookie season on the practice squad. He started eight games in 2013, throwing for 1,760 yards with nine touchdowns and six interceptions. After being released in 2014, he was signed to the St. Louis Rams practice squad, but returned to Houston in December to start a pair of games.

The Rams brought him back last year and he started five games. He beat out rookie Jared Goff, the No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft, for the Rams starting job this season. Keenum is coming off the second 300-yard game of his career and matched a career high with three touchdown passes in last Sunday's 31-28 loss at Detroit. 

The Rams are in London for Sunday's upcoming game against the New York Giants, but then will have a bye — meaning Keenum can return to Houston for the Oct. 29 ceremony.