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Houston junior DB William Jackson has decided to return for his senior season, according to Houston Associate AD David Bassity.

Despite other reports floating around that Jackson was off to the NFL, Bassity cleared things up, calling the reports "inaccurate." The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Jackson was believed to have received a third to fourth-round grade from scouts, if he entered the draft.
Jan 15 - 4:01 PM

The Syracuse Post-Standard reports that Houston sophomore QB John O'Korn has looked into Miami, Syracuse and Wisconsin as possible transfer destinations.

Florida and Texas had previously been reported as potential landing spots for the Cougars' signal-caller. O'Korn threw for 3,117 yards and 28 touchdowns as a true freshman and was named the AAC’s 2013 Rookie of the Year. He started the first five games of 2014 (eight interceptions in 173 pass attempts) before losing his job to Greg Ward Jr., leading to rampant transfer speculation.
Jan 10 - 9:55 PM

Houston junior WR Deontay Greenberry will enter the 2015 NFL Draft.

In terms of production, Greenberry's 2014 was a step back from 2013, but he still caught 72 passes for 841 yards and six touchdowns. However, we would attribute a lot of that to poor quarterback play. That is not to say Greenberry is ready to contribute immediately in the NFL. He will likely have a role as a No. 4 receiver early, and will be labeled with "upside."
Jan 6 - 7:58 PM

NFLDraftScout.com analyst Dane Brugler said Houston junior WR Deontay Greenberry "has been very effective as a slot receiver and displays playmaking ability after the catch, but he too often allows defenders to dictate his path and needs to show more intensity as a blocker."

Greenberry signed with an agent and will enter the NFL draft. The 6-feet-3, 198-pounder finished with 841 yards and six touchdowns in 2014 after collecting 82 receptions for 1,202 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2013. We attribute a lot of the struggles to poor quarterback play. Back in the preseason, TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline graded him as a third-rounder and wrote that Greenberry has "big potential." Greenberry grades out as the No. 11-rated junior WR by NFLDraftScout.com.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 6 - 5:45 PM

Houston junior WR Deontay Greenberry has signed with an agent and will enter the NFL draft, according to TFY Insider Tony Pauline.

"Word circulating is Deontay Greenberry/WR/Houston has signed with an agent and will enter the draft. Like his game a lot," Pauline tweeted. Back in the preseason, Pauline graded him as a third-rounder in the preseason and wrote that Greenberry has "big potential. Last season, the Cougars prospect hauled in 82 receptions for 1,202 yards and 11 touchdowns. Greenberry's numbers have been down this season, due to poor QB play, as he only has 68 catches for 756 yards and four touchdowns.
Wed, Dec 31, 2014 02:04:00 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler reports that "some scouts are highly intrigued" by Houston senior WR Markeith Ambles.

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Ambles, a former stud recruit, has traveled a long road to draft relevancy. He committed to Tennessee in high school, switching to USC when Lane Kiffin bolted in 2010. He couldn't work his way onto the field, so two years later spent a season at Arizona Western junior college. Prior to last season, he transferred to Houston. "He is a NFL prospect to watch as a later round possibility," wrote Brugler.
Source: CBS Sports
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 05:23:00 PM

Houston will fire HC Tony Levine, according to multiple news outlets.

After Levine meets with Cougars' AD Mack Rhoades on Monday, a formal announcement will be made. Kevin Sumlin‘s replacement received a new five-year contract in May after a promising 8-5 season that culminated in a bid to the BBVA Compass Bowl. This season's 7-5 mark doesn't come across as fire-able, though Houston had a pair of humiliating losses at its brand-new $120 million TDECU Stadium. Perhaps Rhoades already has his eye on a replacement. Former Cougars' OC Doug Meacham, who transformed TCU's offense overnight into one of the nation's scariest and is one of five finalists for the Broyles Award as the country's top assistant coach, makes almost too much sense.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 08:49:00 PM

Houston junior WR Deontay Greenberry snatched five catches for 36 yards in Friday's win over SMU.

Greenberry's production is down this season -- 59 catches for 653 yards and three touchdowns after leading the squad last year with 82 receptions for 1,202 yards and 11 touchdowns -- but much of that can be blamed on the Cougars' awful QB play. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline graded him as a third-rounder in the preseason and wrote that Greenberry has "big potential," while CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote in June that he was intrigued by Greenberry's "NFL tools," but added "he needs a ton of work." Greenberry should return to school in 2015.
Sun, Nov 30, 2014 03:41:00 PM

Houston senior DT Joey Mbu accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

Mbu will also play in the Senior Bowl. Yes, it's going to be a busy winter, but it's likely Mbu knows that he has plenty of work to do in order to get drafted. CBS ranks him as the No. 383 overall prospect in the class, just outside Round 7 territory.
Thu, Nov 27, 2014 12:02:00 AM

Houston senior DT Joey Mbu accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl.

Mbu has also been invited to the East-West Shrine Game. It's good he'll get postseason exposure, because Mbu currently finds himself right on the line of draftable prospects. CBS ranks him as the No. 383 overall prospect in the class, just outside Round 7 territory.
Source: Senior Bowl
Tue, Nov 25, 2014 07:48:00 PM

Houston junior WR Deontay Greenberry recorded 10 catches for 63 yards and a touchdown in the school's 31-10 win over Temple.

Greenberry's touchdown was impressive despite only going for seven yards. He beat his man with slant, elevated, and caught the ball in traffic despite another defender bearing down on him. His longest catch went for 17 yards in this contest.
Sat, Oct 18, 2014 11:24:00 AM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline named Houston senior LBs Derrick Mathews and Efrem Oliphant as co-Sleepers of the Week.

"Undersized but scrappy and productive, both Mathews and Oliphant are overlooked in the scouting community but must not be taken for granted," Pauline wrote. "Both are tackling machines as Oliphant led Houston with 134 last season followed by Mathews with 116. Both are terrific in pursuit with the ability to make plays sideline to sideline and though neither are likely to be selected in the draft each could make an impact in camp next summer." Both Mathews and Oliphant were on Phil Steele's Preseason AAC First Team. Mathews is also on the Butkus Award Watch List, the Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List, and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List.
Tue, Sep 23, 2014 07:27:00 PM

Houston junior WR Deontay Greenberry snatched six catches for 74 yards and two touchdowns in Thursday's 33-25 loss to BYU.

Greenberry's second touchdown catch from John O'Korn, midway through the fourth quarter, pulled the Cougars to within 11 points, but they couldn't quite complete the comeback. The stud wideout led the squad last year with 82 receptions for 1,202 yards and 11 touchdowns. He's up to 17 catches for 280 yards through three games. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline graded him as a third-rounder and wrote last month that Greenberry has "big potential." CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote in June that he was intrigued by Greenberry's "NFL tools," but added "he needs a ton of work."
Fri, Sep 12, 2014 12:54:00 AM

Houston senior DT Joey Mbu "showed little improvement on the field last season," writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

The analyst had "high hopes" for Mbu heading into last season, but left the campaign disappointed. "He comes with average size/speed numbers and really doesn’t make enough plays on the ball," Pauline wrote. Mbu started all 13 games last year and led Cougars' defensive tackles with 29 tackles.
Fri, Aug 8, 2014 11:44:00 AM

Houston junior WR Deontay Greenberry has "big potential," according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

The Cougars' star led the squad last year with 82 receptions for 1,202 yards and 11 touchdowns. "Greenberry, who I presently grade as a third rounder, has big time potential," the analyst wrote. "He’s not very big but shows vertical speed on the field and reliable hands." The former five-star recruit -- rated the No. 46 overall player and the No. 7 WR by Scout.com in the 2012 class -- has the attention of evaluators.
Fri, Aug 8, 2014 10:34:00 AM


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