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Houston senior CB William Jackson is a "good-sized athlete for the position with an aggressive attitude that serves him well at the catch point," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler observes.

"Jackson will find himself off-balance in press and needs to refine his technique, anticipation and route recognition to eliminate false steps, but NFL coaches will want to develop with a player with his physical ingredients," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder recorded 10 pass breakups, 37 tackles and two interceptions last season for the Cougars. Houston's lockdown corner has already been added to watch lists for the Jim Thorpe Award, Nagurski Trophy and the Bednarik Award.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 27 - 3:33 PM

Former Texas redshirt freshman RB Duke Catalon has transferred to Houston.

Catalon will sit out the season and have three more years of eligibility starting in 2016. He was ranked as a top-25 running back out of high school, but college fans have yet to see Catalon touch the field.
Aug 20 - 9:43 AM

Houston HC Tom Herman said his backup receivers "stink" and aren't Division I caliber.

"Our 2s and 3s receivers stink," he said. "They don't belong right now in Division I college football." This isn't Ohio State, Mr. Herman, but we're guessing your public People's Elbow on your receiving corps is a motivational play. Demarcus Ayers (335 yards and two touchdowns) is Houston's lone returning receiver. The unit is going to be an issue all year.
Aug 15 - 7:33 PM

Houston senior RB Kenneth Farrow "might not be the fastest back in the country, but he might be the most difficult to bring down once out of the backfield," writes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

"He broke out for 1,037 yards and 14 touchdowns rushing in 2014, earning second-team All-AAC honors while running through linebackers and over defensive backs on his way downfield," Reuter wrote. The 5-foot-10, 218-pound Farrow is on the preseason Maxwell Award watch list, the Athlon Sports Preseason AAC First Team and Phil Steele's Preseason AAC First Team.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 10 - 8:32 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter argues that Houston senior DB Adrian McDonald will be a "force on special teams, as well, which is a requirement for any defensive back picked on Day 3 of the draft."

McDonald, a first-team All-ACC selection last year, has 13 interceptions and five forced fumbles so far in his career. Reuter says the 5-foot-10, 190-pounder "is a solid tackler despite his average size."
Source: NFL.com
Aug 10 - 12:53 AM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein reports that NFL scouts are "very intrigued" by Houston senior CB William Jackson's "length and athleticism as a pure cover corner."

The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder had 10 pass breakups, 37 tackles and two interceptions last year. "Jackson has very fluid hips and allowed just 39.4 percent of his targets to be completed," Zierlein wrote. "On the negative side, teams isolated him as a tackler with screen and running plays his way because of his poor angles and finishing ability." Jackson briefly considered jumping to the NFL after last season. It was reported that he received a third- to fourth-round grade from scouts.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 16 - 11:38 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein reports that Houston DE Eric Eiland "is unlikely to be drafted" in Thursday's supplemental draft.

The 6-foot-2, 225-pounder tried to enter April's draft but a paperwork mistake foiled those plans. Eiland is a former second-round pick of the Blue Jays who played four years of minor league baseball before returning to the gridiron. "He is undersized and unable to threaten the edge as a pass rusher, so he would have to move to a weakside linebacker spot in the pros," Zierlein wrote. "Eiland turns 27 in September and decided it was time to move on from college to give pro ball a shot."
Source: NFL.com
Jul 8 - 5:06 PM

Houston DE Eric Eiland is available to be selected in the Supplemental Draft.

Tony Pauline said as much in February. Eiland started 10 games last season and produced 3.5 tackles for loss. The 27 year old spent four years in the minor league baseball circuit after he was selected in the second-round by the Toronto Blue Jays. Apparently he tried to enter April's draft but screwed up the paperwork.
Jul 3 - 2:20 PM

Houston senior CB William Jackson "brings length and quickness to the Houston defensive backfield, with NFL potential," observes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder had 10 pass breakups, 37 tackles and two interceptions last year. Brown ranks him as the No. 18 defensive back in the land. Jackson briefly considered jumping to the NFL after last season and was believed to have received a third- to fourth-round grade from scouts.
Jun 28 - 5:47 PM

Houston senior CB William Jackson "is getting stronger each year and possesses the height and quickness that impresses NFL defensive back coaches," observes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder began his career at Trinity Valley Junior College and has been contributing at Houston since 2013. "He stepped up his game to become a second-team American Athletic Conference pick (two interceptions, 10 pass breakups) as a junior," Reuter wrote. Another step forward by Jackson would spur a jump up boards.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 18 - 6:17 PM

Houston HC Tom Herman has "to prove that he can keep the momentum he has going from his days as a Buckeye and turn around the Houston offense and get this team back to being a contender for a conference title," notes the Sport Quotient.

Herman agreed to take over the Cougars after helping to lead Ohio State to a national championship last year. Houston had a pretty good defense last year, so Herman's first task lies in fixing a sputtering offense which gave up 2.62 sacks per game in 2014. If Herman succeeds at Houston, he'll have his choice of high-profile positions opening up over the next few winters.
Jun 7 - 9:15 PM

ESPN's Tom Luginbill believes Houston DT commit Ed Oliver is a three-and-out candidate.

"If Oliver sticks with his commitment to Houston he is going to stand out early not only within the Cougars' roster, but in their conference," Luginbill wrote. "This kid is a load and is again, at defensive tackle, playing a position of major importance." ESPN ranks Oliver as the No. 6 prospect in the 2016 ESPN 300. The Cougars are going to have to beat away a myriad of suitors to keep Oliver's pledge.
Jun 4 - 4:45 PM

Oregon transfer Chance Allen has been granted immediate eligibility with Houston.

Allen, a redshirt junior, is transferring closer to home to help with a family situation. The NCAA likely took the circumstance under consideration and granted him an exemption. Allen has barely recorded any receiving stats during his college career.
Jun 4 - 10:11 AM

Houston received the commitment of 2016 4-star DT recruit Ed Oliver.

Oliver was ranked as a 4-star recruit by Rivals and the seventh recruit in the state of Texas. Other services rank him second in the state and a 5-star recruit. It is a big signing for Tom Herman, the Cougars' new head coach. Herman will add Oliver for the 2016 season.
May 22 - 11:48 AM

Former Houston redshirt sophomore WR Ra’Shaad Samples transferred to Oklahoma State.

The speedy wide receiver is a former four-star recruit and a member of the Rivals 250 in 2013. He posted three catches for 11 yards as a redshirt freshman in 2014. Samples' father Reginald Samples is the head coach at Duncanville High School. He's considered a key figure in Texas recruiting circles. The younger Samples is eligible to play again in 2016.
May 6 - 8:11 PM


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