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Ryan Houston | Running Back

Team: North Carolina Tar Heels
Age / DOB:  (28) / 7/23/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 250

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Despite being held out of contact drills during camp, senior Ryan Houston will be North Carolina’s starting running back.
Remember Ryan Houston? ACC fans sure do. The bruising back ran for more than 700 yards and 9 TDs as a junior in 2009. He sat out the first five games of what would have been his senior season while the NCAA was looking into academic and other messes that were taking place in Chapel Hill a year ago. Houston, who is coming off shoulder surgery, then redshirted making him eligible for this season. He should carry quite a load as there is little experience on the Tar Heels’ depth chart at running back. Thu, Sep 1, 2011 02:56:00 PM

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Despite the fact that Ryan Houston is sidelined with a broken shoulder blade, head coach Butch Davis is confident in his ability to be an every-down back for the Tar Heels.  As for his recovery, the North Carolina medical staff says "he'll be back and ready to go for the season."

Houston has the size and power to be an workhorse back and as long as he recovers from his injury, he should be a good one.
Source: ESPN
Fri, Apr 15, 2011 03:23:00 AM

North Carolina running back Ryan Houston fractured his shoulder blade in last weekend's spring game, and will undergo surgery Thursday.

The severity of the injury won't be known until Houston goes under the knife.  While we'd expect him to be back by August, there certainly aren't any guarantees.  The 'Heels backfield is a mash unit, and you can expect a lot of RBBC to start the 2011 season.
Fri, Apr 15, 2011 03:23:00 AM

North Carolina running back Ryan Houston has been primarily a short-yardage specialist but after redshirting last season, he is expecting to be more of an every-down back. 

Houston certainly has the size to withstand the rigors of being a feature back and did pretty well in 2009 when Shaun Draughn went down with injury.  Look for the Heels to lean on Houston as they break in new quarterback Bryn Renner.
Source: ESPN
Wed, Mar 30, 2011 03:27:00 PM

After missing most of the season as part of the NCAA investigation, North Carolina may redshirt running back Ryan Houston.  "The resolution is if we need him to win games, we're going to play him," coach Butch Davis said. "In the ideal situation we would like not to."

With Johnny White and Shaun Draughn both graduating, Houston should be the feature back next year.
Fri, Oct 22, 2010 10:30:00 PM

North Carolina announced Thursday night that running back Ryan Houston is cleared to play starting this week against Virginia.

The questions here are how quickly Houston will work back into the playing rotation and what effect he will have on Johnny White's carries? Houston was UNC's leading rusher last season.
Source: ESPN
Fri, Oct 15, 2010 02:15:00 PM

North Carolina running back, and touchdown scorer extraordinaire Ryan Houston is down nine pounds since last season, and 37 pounds since arriving in Chapel Hill three seasons ago.

Houston is a touchdown vulture, scoring 17 times over the past two seasons.  Compare that to presumed starter Shaun Draughn's four, and you'll clearly see Houston's value to the 'Heels.  And your ACC squad.  Johnny White has been the star of the UNC's camp, but Houston may be your safest bet of the three.  Maybe the leaner look will yield a few extra carries outside of the 5 yard line as well!
Wed, Aug 25, 2010 04:00:00 PM

Running back Ryan Houston and the Tar Heel offense got back on track against Georgia Southern scoring 42 points. Houston scored on touchdown runs of one, one and seven yards to finish the touchdown vulturizing day with 56 yards and three scores.

After two tough outings against Georgia Tech and Virginia fantasy owners who had high hopes for this Tar Heel offense coming into the season should be happy to see an offensive output like this.
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Sun, Oct 11, 2009 11:00:00 AM

  North Carolina Tar Heels starting running back Shaun Draughn amassed 118 yards on 20 carries in a one-sided victory against The Citadel. However, junior wrecking ball Ryan Houston (6'2" 245lbs) put a damper on Draughn's fantasy day taking in runs of 3 yards and 5 yards for touchdowns. Houston finished the game with 45 yards rushing and two touchdowns on six carries.

Unfortunately for Draughn owners it appears touchdown runs will be hard to come by unless he begins a habit of scoring from 20 plus yards out. The red zone belongs to Mr. Houston in Chapel Hill. So if you'd like to add the East Coast version of Cody Johnson to your fantasy team, then Houston is your guy.
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Sun, Sep 6, 2009 07:45:00 AM

Giving UNC their first winning season in seven years and putting them in the drivers seat in the ACC Coastal Division was big 6'2" 250lb sophomore running back Ryan Houston. Houston led the Heels to two fourth quarter scores to put the game out of reach for Georgia Tech, and finished the day with 74 yards and two scores on 13 carries.

Houston will still be splitting plenty of carries with Shaun Draughn who led the Heels with 17 carries today, but he has huge potential to be a touchdown vulture.
Sat, Nov 8, 2008 06:15:00 PM