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Houston QB Greg Ward Jr. was intercepted twice in Saturday's NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

The game and result itself do not matter in the long run, but Ward's two first-half interceptions (both made by St. Francis CB Lorenzo Jerome) stand out nonetheless, particularly given that there are already concerns as to whether he will be able to stick at quarterback in the NFL. The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder could switch to wideout as the process unfolds. We like that as a better pro-fit for the Houston magician, particularly given that Ward already has experience playing wideout with the Cougars.
Jan 21 - 7:49 PM

Houston hired former Miami DC Mark D'onofrio to serve in the same capacity.

D'onofrio was hired by Al Golden when Golden took over as Hurricanes head coach in 2011. When Mark Richt took over at the end of the 2015 season, D'onofrio was not retained. Prior to his five-year stint with Miami, D'onofrio had roamed the Temple sideline (also for a five-year stretch).
Jan 6 - 6:41 PM

Houston redshirt sophomore CB Howard Wilson announced that he will enter the 2017 NFL Draft.

Hat tip to the Sporting News' Eric Galko, who first reported this news back in late December. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Wilson missed the entire 2015 season with an ACL tear but returned to pick off five passes in 12 games. Physically reminiscent of UH 2015 first-round CB William Jackson, Wilson is projected in more of the Rds. 3-5 range in the 2017 NFL Draft. He probably should have returned to school. The questions surrounding Wilson -- anticipation, on-field discipline issues and durability -- are all things that could have been ironed out in the next year or two.
Jan 6 - 4:33 PM

The Sporting News' Eric Galko reports that Houston redshirt sophomore CB Howard Wilson will forego his final season of collegiate eligibility to enter the 2017 NFL Draft.

Wilson received a medical redshirt after suffering a season-ending ACL injury early in the 2015 campaign. He has come back in strong fashion after rehabbing that injury, recording 54 tackles while intercepting five passes over the course of 12 games played in 2016. Galko notes that while the 6-foot-1, 185-pounder has some similarities to last year's Houston first-round corner Will Jackson, Wilson "has plenty of footwork, anticipation and on-field discipline issues that will give teams pause before drafting him as high."
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 04:43:00 PM

Houston senior QB Greg Ward Jr. was intercepted four times in the second half in Saturday's 34-10 loss to San Diego State in the Las Vegas Bowl.

Things started out so well for Houston -- they led 10-0 following a first quarter in which they shut down SDSU's powerful running attack -- before the roof caved in. Blame Ward if you like, but he got little help from his offensive line and receivers and zero help from his running backs. In his last game for the Cougars, Ward threw for 229 yards and had a two-yard touchdown run. That ground score tied Ward with Bryce Beall for the school's record of 39 rushing touchdowns. Next up for Ward is the NFLPA Game, where he's listed as a quarterback. We'd advise him to take up receiver as quickly as possible. At that spot, he potentially projects as an intriguing NFL slot.
Sat, Dec 17, 2016 07:15:00 PM

Houston redshirt senior WR Chance Allen was suspended for Saturday's Las Vegas Bowl.

Allen missed curfew, always a possibility with players in the Las Vegas Bowl. He finished his last collegiate season with 56 receptions for 815 yards and six touchdowns.
Sat, Dec 17, 2016 06:54:00 PM

Houston QB Greg Ward Jr. has accepted an invitation to play in the NFLPA Game.

Ward is listed as a quarterback, but he might have to switch to another position in the NFL. We aren't necessarily saying that, but NFL teams are. Ward leaves Houston at the same time as Tom Herman, and the duo was perfect for each other.
Fri, Dec 16, 2016 11:23:00 AM

ESPN's Sam Kahn Jr. reports that Houston HC Major Applewhite will make an average of $1.5 million per season during his five-year contract.

In addition to that rough base salary, Applewhite has the opportunity to add to his Christmas cash bank through incentives. He will make $100,000 extra for every nine-win season under his watch, with additional wins after nine drawing him $100,000 per victory. Should he opt to leave the Cougars at some point, Applewhite's buyout would consist of the remaining money on his contract. That buyout will rise by 50% should he chose to leave for another school in the state of Texas.
Source: ESPN.com
Mon, Dec 12, 2016 04:39:00 PM

Multiple outlets are reporting that Texas has hired Rutgers OC Drew Mehringer to serve as passing game coordinator.

Mehringer is readily familiar with new Texas HC Tom Herman, having played under him for two years at Rice and and serving another four years as a graduate assistant by Herman's side at Iowa State and Ohio State. At just 29 years old, his recruiting work is already viewed as a plus. His offense at Rutgers finished as the worst in the country this past season, though to be fair, the Scarlet Knights are in the midst of a large rebuilding project.
Source: NJ.com
Mon, Dec 12, 2016 04:25:00 PM

Houston will play San Diego State in the Las Vegas Bowl next Saturday.

Sin City will play host to one of the postseason’s most intriguing matchups: SDSU star RB Donnel Pumphrey (2,018 yards and 16 touchdowns on 330 carries) versus Houston’s No. 2 run defense (98 yards per game allowed). Pumphrey's backup is one of the nation's best second-bananas as well; RB Rashaad Penny has 995 yards and 11 touchdowns on 126 carries. Penny is a great returner and pairs with K John Baron II (52-of-54 extra points and 19-of-21 on field goals) to give SDSU the special teams edge. The Aztecs have the slight edge in scoring defense (No. 19 at 21 points per game), but S&P+ prefers Houston's defense (No. 22 to 33). S&P+ also gives the Cougars a sizeable offensive edge (No. 54 to 72). Houston has the talent edge, but will have to overcome the loss of beloved HC Tom Herman, now Texas' head coach.
Sat, Dec 10, 2016 05:52:00 PM

Tilman Fertitta, Houston's board of regents chairman, indicated that high school coaches in Texas pushed hard for the promotion of HC Major Applewhite.

"Here's a guy that's been on the big stage, he was the quarterback at the University of Texas, he has a great relationship with the coaches and high school football in Texas," Fertitta said of Applewhite, who was promoted from offensive coordinator to head coach late in the week. These Texas recruiting ties, Fertitta said, played a legitimate role in Houston's decision to roll with Applewhite over Alabama OC Lane Kiffin (who was also seriously considered for the job). Houston will be Applewhite's first head-coaching gig.
Source: ESPN.com
Sat, Dec 10, 2016 05:47:00 PM

Houston named offensive coordinator Major Applewhite the school's next head coach.

It is a direct promotion for Tom Herman's offensive coordinator since 2015. Applewhite has strong ties to Texas, after playing for the Longhorns and spending most of his career in the state with stints at Syracuse and Alabama. Applewhite has zero head coaching experience. As you know, it was previously reported by Dan Wolken that Lane Kiffin would likely be named coach, but Applewhite is more likely to stay at Houston long term.
Fri, Dec 9, 2016 10:16:00 AM

Houston senior QB Greg Ward Jr. completed 44-of-66 passes for 489 yards, four touchdowns and an interception in Friday's 48-44 loss to Memphis.

He also led the team in rushing with 65 yards on the ground. It wasn't enough, but it sure looked to be after Chance Allen's phenomenal go-ahead, toe-tapping touchdown with 1:29 left. Memphis proceeded to march down the field to steal the win in what might have been Tom Herman's last game at the school. Houston will head into bowl season with a 9-3 record.
Fri, Nov 25, 2016 04:16:00 PM

Houston redshirt sophomore RB Duke Catalon rushed for one touchdown and caught two additional scores in Thursday's 36-10 win over Louisville.

Catalon's yardage total on the ground left something to be desired -- he managed just 39 yards (2.8 YPC) with a long run of eight yards -- but he did phenomenal work as a receiver. The 5-foot-11, 210-pounder finished out his evening having caught nine passes for 68 yards (plus the two touchdowns). Concussion and ankle concerns have forced Catalon to miss four games this season. In his seven relatively healthy contests, the Texas transfer has rushed for 450 yards (3.8 YPC) and three touchdowns while catching 33 passes for 231 yards and another three scores.
Fri, Nov 18, 2016 04:01:00 PM

Houston freshman DT Ed Oliver (knee) is undergoing an MRI on Friday.

Oliver bulldozed Louisville with two sacks, three tackles for loss, two pass breakups and a forced fumble on Thursday, but he also injured his knee in that contest. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound freshman's MRI should shed light on the extent of that injury and what kind of a recovery timetable Oliver might be looking at. His status for next Friday's game against Memphis remains a question mark.
Fri, Nov 18, 2016 02:44:00 PM


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