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Houston sophomore QB Kyle Allen -- a recent Texas A&M transfer -- was critical of the Aggies' "culture" and program "vision."

"I think the culture was a big part of it, and I think that stems from Johnny [Manziel's] era there -- the way that they let Johnny and [others] act there," Allen said in an interview with CBS Sports. "They [could] do that and still win games because they had Johnny ... and five offensive linemen playing in the NFL right now. A lot of people were riding off that, 'I can do whatever the hell I want and win on Saturday.'" Allen left the Aggies for Houston in December (fellow QB Kyler Murray transferred to Oklahoma this winter as well). "Everyone wasn't in a straight line," Allen said. "Everyone was going this way, this way, this way. We had a ton of talent there. I think that, once you get all the right coaches there and get the vision right, you can do a lot of things."
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 9 - 3:24 PM

Houston signed four-star ATH D'Eriq King.

Manvel, Texas, seems to churn out multi-position players left and right, with King a prime example of just how difficult it can be to peg a developing high schooler into any one role. The 5-foot-11, 170-pounder has the physical talent to play QB, CB or slot WR at the collegiate level. He was committed to TCU from January to December of 2015, but HC Tom Herman ultimately managed to lure him away. ESPN 300 doesn't see him as a quarterback moving forward, with the outlet saying, "King is a guy that under the right circumstances could play quarterback at the next level, but his overall skill and versatility will likely land him elsewhere. If he was two or three inches taller he would be exclusively a quarterback prospect. Nonetheless, his competitive temperament gives him an edge regardless of position."
Source: scout.com
Feb 8 - 9:44 PM

Pro Football Focus analyst Gordon McGuinness wrote that Houston CB William Jackson III's "ability to make plays on the ball could be just what the Panthers need to add to an already talented defense."

"If someone as talented as Jackson was to be there in the late first round," McGuinness speculated, "he’d make a lot of sense as an upgrade as the [Panther's] third cornerback immediately, and someone who can develop into a top cornerback." The 6-foot-2, 195-pound former Cougar turned in a stellar 2015 campaign, recording 43 tackles (1.5 for loss), 23 passes defended and five interceptions (two of which he took to the house for touchdowns). The Panthers probably won't even have to reach in the first round, here. In a late January four-round mock draft, NFL Media analyst Chad Reuter didn't have Jackson III being drafted until the third round. He projects the Houston product to the Colts at Pick No. 82, though obviously it becomes more and more difficult to accurately peg the draft once you extend the mock-up to four rounds.
Feb 8 - 8:25 PM

Houston HC Tom Herman recalls that during his staff's first recruiting meeting entering the 2016 cycle, he told them, "There is no [expletive] reason that there shouldn't be a four- or five-star recruit walking these halls every single day this spring."

Herman said to his coaches, "Get 'em here, because they're here. They're everywhere. There are hundreds of them within 50 miles of us. Get 'em here." His hard-charging attitude did ultimately secure him DT Ed Oliver, No. 4 overall on the ESPN 300. They also snagged four-star recruits in ATH D'Eriq King (202) and WR Courtney Lark (231). Texas Tech HC Kliff Kingsbury chimed in on Herman's recent push up the recruiting rankings, noting, "I think when you have the success they did this year, that opens those doors."
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 8 - 4:03 PM

Houston five-star DT Ed Oliver "doesn't really get caught up in all the fanfare and the show," according to TE coach Corby Meekins.

Meekins joined the Cougar coaching staff in 2015, but prior to that, he was Oliver's coach at Westfield High School. "He's got two unbelievably grounded parents that raised him the right way, a really close-knit family. He is different, because for 17-and-18-year-olds...it's easy to get caught up in the laser-light show, so-to-speak. He's not about that," Meekins said of the 6-foot-2, 260-pounder. Oliver ranks as ESPN 300's No. 4 overall prospect, but because he had been committed to Houston since last summer, he didn't draw nearly as much buzz around National Signing Day as the likes of consensus No. 1 Rashan Gary. That doesn't change his talent, of course, and Houston is set up to make noise for the 2016 season.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 8 - 3:07 PM

ESPN's Andrea Adelson believes former Houston redshirt freshman RB Duke Catalon can win the starting job next year.

Catalon, a high-profile transfer from Texas, was a member of the ESPN 300 and ranked as a top-25 running back coming out of high school. The Cougars lost their top two running backs, Kenneth Farrow and Ryan Jackson, opening the door for Catalon to get a quick start for Tom Herman.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 28 - 11:32 AM

Houston CB William Jackson III will not attend the Senior Bowl.

Phil Savage told the media Jackson suffered some type of injury during his bowl game which caused him to miss the event. Jackson would have been one of the top corners at the Senior Bowl and offers plus-6'0 size in a corner class lacking height and length. Jackson is a possible top 100 selection.
Jan 26 - 7:45 AM

Houston senior LB Elandon Roberts accepted an invite to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

A 14-game starter this past season, Roberts logged a stellar 142 tackles (19 for loss), six sacks and an interception. The 6-foot, 235-pound senior also forced two fumbles, just for kicks and giggles. Those numbers are a quantum leap over his stats from previous seasons. In his most recent action, Roberts terrorized Florida State with 10 tackles and a pair of sacks in the Peach Bowl. That was the seventh time during the 2015 campaign in which he recorded double-digit tackles. All this adds up to an NFLPA Collegiate Bowl invitation as he looks to boost his draft stock.
Jan 9 - 9:16 PM

Texas A&M sophomore QB Kyle Allen will transfer to Houston, according to beat writer Joseph Duarte.

Allen will need to sit out the 2016 season, which is perfect timing for Houston as Greg Ward will graduate following next season. Allen will be able to practice all season with the Cougars, which likely sets him up as Tom Herman's starting quarterback in 2017. Allen started a number of games as a freshman and sophomore and posted a career 33:14 TD to INT ratio.
Jan 5 - 12:05 PM

Houston junior WR Demarcus Ayers declared he will enter the 2016 NFL Draft.

We doubt Ayers received a first or second round grade form the advisory board, if he requested an evaluation at all. On the season, Ayers caught 98 passes for 1,222 yards and six touchdowns. There is no doubt that Ayers maximized his opportunities in such a productive offense, but evaluators will question if he is a product or can sustain in a more traditional system.
Jan 1 - 9:50 AM

Former Texas A&M sophomore QB Kyle Allen was seen at Ohio State's practice on Wednesday.

It is currently a "dead period" for recruiting, so Allen was unable to contact coaches. Allen will not be playing for Texas A&M in 2016, and will have plenty of options. His teammate, Kyler Murray, transferred to Oklahoma. Allen will need to sit out the 2016 season wherever he lands.
Jan 1 - 9:45 AM

Houston junior QB Greg Ward Jr. completed 25-of-41 attempts for 238 yards, a touchdown and an interception in Thursday's 38-24 Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl victory over Florida State.

He also ran for 67 yards and two additional scores. Since FSU actually did a decent job of bottling Ward up early on, Tom Herman and Major Applewhite reached deep into their bag of tricks and pulled out some absolute beauties. Midway through the second quarter, for instance, WR Demarcus Ayers got the ball off a fake read-option, double-reverse and threw a beautiful across-the-body strike 35 yards downfield to wide-open Oregon transfer Chance Allen in the end zone (the defense collapsed on Ward, who was running a wheel route). Since Houston's defense did whatever it wanted to FSU in creating five turnovers, the Cougars offense was able to play it more conservatively in the second half. The Cougars won the yardage battle close -- 448 to 413 -- but dominated the turnover battle five to one.
Thu, Dec 31, 2015 04:55:00 PM

Houston offensive coordinator Major Applewhite admitted senior RB Kenneth Farrow (ankle) is not 100 percent healthy.

Heading into a marquee bowl matchup against Florida State, that's not great news. Farrow has missed the past two games against Temple and Navy. If he's out, the Cougars figure to rotate Javin Webb and converted CB Brandon Wilson again.
Tue, Dec 29, 2015 08:37:00 PM

Houston HC Tom Herman said that the grill fitted for him by hip-artist Paul Wall cost "a little less than $15,000."

If you're looking to get over a case of the holiday blues, just search for news articles and videos of Tom Herman being fitting for a diamond grill. He promised the team he would go through with said grilling if they won the AAC, which they did on the strength of a stellar 12-1 campaign. And so it has come to pass that the coach of a Peach Bowl-bound coach ponies up "a little less than $15,000" to work with Paul Wall. There's still some brightness in this universe.
Tue, Dec 15, 2015 03:47:00 PM

Houston HC Tom Herman will meet with hip-hop artist Paul Wall on Tuesday to be fitted for a diamond grill.

Herman promised the diamond grill to his team if they won the AAC. Fueled by this motivation, the Cougars subsequently went 12-1 and defeated Temple in the AAC Championship Game on December 5. And Herman's a man of his word. He just signed a new five-year contract worth $2.8 million annually, so there's bling galore to throw around if he wants to additionally upgrade the rims of his car. Houston plays Florida State in the Peach Bowl on December 31.
Mon, Dec 14, 2015 05:12:00 PM


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