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Houston freshman DE Bryan Jones said that he hopes to "destroy" the AAC.

Lofty aspirations, to be sure, but that attitude will fit in well next to sophomore DT Ed Oliver (who actually did destroy the conference as a freshman). The former Ole Miss commit opted for Houston over fellow finalist Texas A&M this winter. He ranked as ESPN 300's No. 170 overall prospect in the 2017 cycle. Last spring, ESPN's Craig Haubert tossed out a comp to Charles Tapper (formerly of Oklahoma), writing that he believes that the 6-foot-5, 240-pound Jones could see a similar career trajectory.
Feb 25 - 3:01 PM

The Sporting News' Eric Galko believes that Houston OLB Tyus Bowser deserves legitimate consideration as a first-round prospect.

"He’ll be on the second-round radar after the NFL Scouting Combine is through," Galko writes, "but his skillset, versatility, and remarkable value for 3-4 and 4-3 teams scream first-round prospect." Earlier this week, an AFC Scouting Director forwarded the belief that the 6-foot-3, 240-pounder will start early during his career in the NFL. Galko's Round 1 talk might be a little on the rich side, but a second- or third-round selection is very much in play.
Feb 24 - 8:01 PM

An AFC Scouting Director predicts Houston OLB Tyus Bowser will start early in the NFL.

"His tape from last year and this year are way different," he said. "He's getting better. There will be some teams who miss him because their scouts are too lazy to keep an open mind that they will have written him off. He will be an early NFL starter. Watch." This isn't the first time we've heard an anonymous scout praise Bowser recently. An NFC general manager predicted after the Senior Bowl that Bowser will go in Round 3. "I've been watching him out here (at Senior Bowl practices) and he is really athletic and really quick off the snap in these one-on-ones. If I had to guess a round without watching tape, I would say third based on what I've seen out here," he said. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Bowser to Eli Harold, writing: "Bowser lacks production, but his explosive characteristics off the edge will push him up the draft board and give him a chance to play well above where some scouts might project him."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 22 - 1:07 PM

Houston LB Steven Taylor was not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine.

This is a surprising development, as Taylor has been one of the nation's most prolific linebackers over the past few seasons. He piled up 13 sacks, 14 quarterback hits and 18.5 tackles for loss in 2015 before logging 12 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks in 2016. The 6-foot-1, 225-pounder has size concerns.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 15 - 2:14 PM

Houston signed three-star JUCO junior DT Joe Anderson.

Coming out of high school in 2015, Anderson originally signed with Ole Miss as a four-star prospect. "Has added quite a bit of size since coming out of HS with nice blend of height and bulk," ESPN wrote in a scouting report. "Flashes good lateral mobility to be active down the line. Can hold ground one-on-one and flashes heavy hands when he shoots them." Anderson will join a stout DT group led by Ed Oliver this coming season.
Source: ESPN
Feb 8 - 12:26 PM

The Houston Chronicle's Joseph Duarte reports that Houston has hired former Atlanta Falcons TE coach Chris Scelfo to serve as OL coach.

Scelfo has his fair share of coaching experience under his belt. He went 36-57 as head coach at Tulane from 1998-2006. After taking two years off from coaching, he then linked up with the Atlanta Falcons as TE coach from 2008-2014. Now onward to Houston, where he will take over the OL coach gig vacated by Darren Hiller, who is reportedly heading up to Indiana.
Feb 4 - 6:08 PM

Houston redshirt junior WR Ra'Shaad Samples has retired due to concussion concerns.

Per the Houston Chronicle's Joseph Duarte, Samples could potentially join the Cougar staff as a student-coach. This past season, he was dealing with the symptoms of concussion from August onward. The 5-foot-11, 178-pounder entered the collegiate ranks as a four-star recruit in Oklahoma State's 2013 class. He subsequently transferred over to Houston. Samples finishes his collegiate career having caught just three passes for 11 yards.
Feb 2 - 4:22 PM

An NFC general manager predicts that Houston OLB Tyus Bowser will go in Round 3.

"Heard about him late from the scout who does that area," he said. "Man, he was a dude at the (Senior Bowl) weigh-in. Impressive looking. I've been watching him out here (at Senior Bowl practices) and he is really athletic and really quick off the snap in these one-on-ones. If I had to guess a round without watching tape, I would say third based on what I've seen out here." NFL Media's Lance Zierlein agrees with the Round 3 prediction. "Bowser spent a couple of seasons playing basketball, which should give an indication of his quickness and athleticism," he wrote. "His tape is full of 'wow' flashes, but lacks complete 'wow' games. With his explosive traits as a pass rusher and his ability to move in space, look for teams to target Bowser on Day 2 (Rounds 2-3) of the draft as an ascending prospect."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 27 - 2:33 PM

Houston EDGE/LB Tyus Bowser will be selected no later than the third round, according to Lance Zierlein.

Zierlein is very well connected, so even though we are extremely early in the process Bowser looks to be coveted by teams as a top 100 pick. Bowser likely fits teams who utilize a stand up defender at the end of their line. Many question if Bowser's sack success and style will translate to production or disruption in the NFL. He is at the Senior Bowl.
Jan 25 - 9:08 AM

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


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