Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin is thrilled his former quarterback, Case Keenum, will make his first NFL start for the Houston Texans on Sunday.
Texans head coach Gary Kubiak made the announcement about Keenum on Thursday.
Keenum became a record-setting quarterback for Sumlin fROM 2008-2011 at the University of Houston.
"I couldn't be happier for Case and his family just because of all the hard work he's put in," Sumlin said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports.
"From where he's come from to where he is now, it's the pinnacle of what you do athletically, and to have the opportunity to start in the NFL is probably a dream come true for him and I can't tell you how excited I am for him personally to get this opportunity."
Under Sumlin Keenum became the NCAA's all-time leader in total passing yards, touchdowns, and completions.
He joined the Texans in 2012 as an undrafted free agent, was on the practice squad all last season and inactive during the first six games of 2013.
"Whenever you are undrafted and a free agent, it becomes a lot more difficult," Sumlin said. "If you keep working at it the way he has, it doesn't surprise
me. Anybody who knows Case, going through the injury in college, coming back setting the records he set, I'm not amazed that he's put himself in this
position and I think he's going to take full advantage of it."
Sumlin has already reached out to Keenum's family to congratulate them.
"Anytime as a coach this happens to one of your players, it's kind of like a parent and their children," Sumlin said. "I just sent his dad a text.
"I know Steve Keenum is about as excited as anybody."
And so is the head football coach at Texas A&M.