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Bleacher Report's Brian Pedersen compared Houston senior QB Greg Ward Jr. to former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson.

Because of the 5-foot-11, 185-pound Ward's frame, Pedersen wrote that his "future in the NFL will probably come at another position." Ward is a far superior passer to Navy's Keenan Reynolds, but then of course Robinson was fairly productive through the air in college as well. Ward played wide receiver before taking over the Cougars' full-time QB job midway through 2014 (he had 25 receptions), so he may kick back outside in the NFL. Or he may shift to running back. "Or he could be both, much like what Robinson has been for Jacksonville after getting drafted in the fifth round in 2013," suggested Pedersen. Sam Monson of Pro Football Focus previously went retro with his comp, likening Ward to former Pittsburgh Steelers dynamo Antwaan Randle El.
Jul 22 - 7:13 PM

In an anonymous ESPN poll of Big 12 coaches, Houston and BYU were the most favored candidates to join via expansion.

Each of the 10 coaches in the Big 12 were asked by the Worldwide Leader to name their two preferred expansion candidates. And apparently they had Cougars on their minds, as both Houston and BYU received five votes apiece to pace the field. That pair was followed up by Cincinnati and Memphis (four votes each), with Colorado State and UCF rounding out the proceedings with solitary votes. All of these teams outside of Colorado State and BYU ply their trade in the AAC. If one of them were to eventually opt to join the Big 12 (or any other conference, for that matter), they would have to provide 27 months' notice and a $10 million exit fee.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 21 - 12:57 PM

AAC commissioner Mike Aresco indicated that he is focusing on his own conference, rather than Big 12 expansion.

"Whatever is going to happen is going to happen. I'm working hard for this conference, and I'm proud of what we've accomplished with this conference," Aresco said. "You just tune out the distractions." Houston, Memphis and Cincinnati are among the conference members who could theoretically jump ship. He said that at this juncture, he has not spoken with any AAC athletic directors about the Big 12's decision to expand. "I really don't want to bring a lot of attention on this."
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 20 - 4:04 PM

Houston athletic director Hunter Yurachek recently met with Pac-12 Conference commissioner Larry Scott.

"A university source did not disclose the nature of the talks," reported the Houston Chronicle, "but it is believed that one of the topics was conference expansion." As ESPN's Travis Haney wrote on Twitter, leaking discussions the day before the Big 12 decides whether to expand is nothing short of inspired. The Cougars have been trying to break into the Big 12 for a few years now -- and have a compelling case to do so -- but have reportedly been barred by the conference's Texas-based schools in an effort to protect market share, both from a financial and recruiting standpoint. But if the Big 12 allows Houston to escape to the Pac-12, that power conference would infiltrate not only the fertile state of Texas but the nation’s fourth-largest city. Stay tuned for high drama on the expansion front. In addition to UH, the Big 12 has reportedly considered Cincinnati, BYU, Memphis, UCF, USF, UConn, Boise State and Colorado State.
Jul 18 - 6:24 PM

Houston HC Tom Herman dismissed reports that he had spoken with Baylor about their head coaching job.

On Thursday, reports from both Heartland College Sports and 247Sports claimed that Herman met with Baylor regarding the job vacated by Art Briles. He is vociferously denying this and told the Houston Chronicle, "Reports of any contact between me and any other schools are completely ridiculous and absolutely false." ESPN's Adam Rittenberg and Yahoo Sports' Pat Forde both tweeted out reports confirming Herman's side of the argument, with Rittenberg calling the Herman-to-Baylor buzz "very premature." These rumors of Herman's interest in the Bears (to whatever degree that may actually exist) come directly on the heels of the university's decision to hire Missouri AD Mack Rhoades, who himself hired Herman at Houston back in December of 2014 before shifting over to Mizzou.
Jul 14 - 3:00 PM

Pro Football Focus pegs Houston redshirt senior LB Steven Taylor as the No. 88 overall player in college football.

Taylor's monster 2015 included 13 sacks, 14 quarterback hits and 25 hurries on 252 rushes. His 57 total stops ranked No. 10 among the nation’s returning linebackers. "Taylor made plays all over the field for Houston, grading positively against the run, as a pass rusher, and in coverage," wrote Steve Palazzolo.
Jul 7 - 7:22 PM

Houston sophomore CB Howard Wilson was granted a medical redshirt after missing the majority of the 2015 campaign with a knee injury.

Wilson suffered an ACL injury three games into the 2015 campaign, one which sidelined him for the duration of the season. Tough blow, but the medical redshirt should ease that, as he now has three years of eligibility remaining rather than just two. As a true freshman in 2014, the 6-foot-1, 185-pounder appeared in every game -- including three starts -- and recorded 48 tackles while intercepting a trio of passes.
Jun 27 - 1:27 PM

Baylor graduate WR/TE Chris Johnson transferred to Houston.

Set to graduate from Baylor this summer, Johnson can play immediately and retains two years of eligibility total. A highly-rated dual-threat QB out of high school, Johnson failed to beat out a procession of lauded signal-callers like Bryce Petty, Seth Russell and Jarrett Stidham over the years. The Bears moved Johnson to WR last summer, but had to reverse course in a big spot when Russell and Stidham went down. Johnson's first career start at QB came in the embarrassing loss at TCU (7-of-24 for 62-1-1). Johnson suffered a concussion the following week against Texas -- another embarrassing loss -- but returned to lead Baylor to a bowl win over UNC in a run-heavy affair. Per SicEmSports, the Cougars intend to use Johnson as a tight end. We've also seen reports indicating Johnson will play WR. Move TE may be Johnson's ultimate destiny, both under Tom Herman and then in the NFL. Either way, Johnson's quarterbacking days are over. He should contribute immediately.
Jun 26 - 6:25 PM

Baylor freshman WR Tren'Davian Dickson transferred to Houston.

Dickson was a member of Baylor's 2016 signing class, but decided to transfer after the firing of HC Art Briles at the end of May. The Bears would not allow him to transfer within the Big 12. After visits to Houston and Oregon, he sided with the Cougars. Scout.com ranked him as the No. 33 overall prospect for this past recruiting cycle. They praise the 5-foot-11, 171-pounder's body control and precision in running routes. With Houston, Dickson will be forced to sit out the 2016 season due to transfer regulations.
Jun 19 - 12:51 PM

ESPN's Tom Luginbill called Houston four-star 2017 CB Javelin Guidry "one of the fastest commitments in this class."

"Guidry checks a lot of boxes you want in critical factors at the corner position and his ball skills and open-field traits are excellent," Luginbill wrote. "He could be every bit the weapon on offense as he is on defense." While he has the skill to perform on both sides of the ball, the 5-foot-10, 180-pounder is listed at "corner," rather than "athlete" (a designation used for prospects whose positions are less defined) and that is his likely position once he hits the college scene. He just makes the ESPN 300 cut, slotting into the Worldwide Leader's master list at No. 298.
Jun 17 - 3:48 PM

Houston seems to be the favorite to land Baylor freshman WR transfer Tren'Davian Dickson, according to Max Olson of ESPN.

Dickson originally committed to Texas last November, but flipped to Baylor and enrolled in January. Because of that, Dickson will be forced to sit out the 2016 wherever he transfers to. Dickson is one of the seven members of the 2016 class who hope to transfer, and most will likely be prohibited from transferring to other Big 12 programs.
Source: ESPN
Jun 16 - 8:18 AM

Transferring Baylor freshman WR Tren'Davian Dickson visited Houston.

ESPN's Max Olson hears that it was a "great visit" for Dickson. The 5-foot-11, 171-pounder initially was hoping for a release from his letter of intent, but instead opted to transfer. Baylor is restricting him from any potential Big 12 transfer. Olson reported earlier in the week that Dickson's preferred destination would be Houston, so this weekend's visit could be a step toward solidifying that relationship. Per Olson, a visit to Oregon could be in the cards this coming week.
Jun 12 - 1:12 PM

ESPN's Max Olson reports that Houston is Baylor freshman WR Tren'Davian Dickson's preferred transfer destination at this juncture.

Dickson requested a release from his letter of intent on Wednesday. He was only looking at a release from the NLI at that point, saying that the possibility of a transfer was one he had yet to discuss with his parents. That discussion appears to have taken place, as the 5-foot-11, 171-pounder told ESPN that he has requested his release from the program and will transfer. Baylor, who can restrict his transfer options, is allowing him to speak to any school outside of the Big 12. Olson is reporting that Houston is the current frontrunner for his services. Scout.com -- the highest on him among national recruiting outlets -- ranked Dickson as the No. 33 overall prospect for the 2016 cycle.
Jun 9 - 3:21 PM

Baylor freshman WR Tren'Davian Dickson told 247Sports' Taylor Hamm that he has requested a release from his National Letter of Intent.

Dickson, a four-star prospect, ranked as Scout.com's No. 33 overall recruit for 2016. Baylor has yet to respond to his request for the NLI release, but has 30 days to do so. The 5-foot-11, 171-pound wideout would not rule out a possible transfer should the Bears deny him that request. "Maybe. I don't know. I need to talk with my parents about that first," he said. While Dickson would not go on the record regarding what schools he is considering once (if) he receives his release, Hamm is reporting that Texas A&M would be a prominent name in that picture. Dickson set a high school record for single-season touchdown catches with 39 of 'em in 2014.
Source: 247Sports
Jun 8 - 3:18 PM

Per Bleacher Report's Jason Ferguson, Houston redshirt sophomore WR Isaiah Johnson's "speed and nose for the end zone could make him a breakout star this season in one of the nation's most exciting offenses."

The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Johnson caught 15 passes for 292 yards and three touchdowns in the spring game -- the scoring receptions came from 48, 51 and 90 yards -- and had "a phenomenal connection" with QB Greg Ward, according to Ferguson. Tom Herman's spread attack facilitates big production for players with Johnson's skill set.
Jun 6 - 6:09 PM


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