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  09/27/21 - Marcus JonesrSr/2022, Houston, 5-08, 185 (DS#44 CB) + More +

  SEPT 27 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Marcus Jones, Sr., CB, Houston,...Jones had 152 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns, including a 73-yard punt return for a score, in Houston's 28-20 win against Navy. Jones, the only player in NCAA FBS with two punt return touchdowns this season, registered his second consecutive game with a special teams touchdown and became the first Houston player since 2011 to have punt return and receiving TDs in the same game. - American Athletic Conference Football

(DS#44 CB) rSr/2022 CB Marcus JonesHouston
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  09/27/21 - Derek ParishrSr/2022, Houston, 6-1, 245 (DS#149 OLB) + More +

  SEPT 27 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Derek Parish, Jr., LB, Houston,...Parish had a game-and career-high 12 tackles, including a sack and 2.0 tackles for loss to help Houston to a 28-20 win against Navy in the American Athletic Conference opener for both teams. Parish led a defense that limited Navy to 64 total yards in the second half as the Cougars held the Midshipmen to 0-for-6 efficiency on third down in the final 30 minutes. Parish has team highs of 2.5 sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss for Houston, which leads The American in total defense (255.7 ypg). - American Athletic Conference Football

(DS#149 OLB) rSr/2022 OLB Derek ParishHouston
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  09/26/21 - TaZhawn HenrySr/2022, Houston, 5-07, 170 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  Ta'Zhawn Henry ran for a pair of second-half touchdowns to lead Houston over Navy 28-20 on Saturday night in an American Athletic Conference opener. Henry's 2-yard touchdown run pulled Houston (3-1, 1-0) to 17-10 late in the third quarter. Clayton Tune threw a 47-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Jones early in the fourth before Henry's 1-yard TD run stretched the Cougars' lead to 28-17 with 12:08 to play. Henry finished with 54 yards rushing on 11 carries. Tune was 22-of-30 passing for 257 yards. Marcus Jones returned a punt 73 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter for the Cougars. Xavier Arline had a 40-yard touchdown run for Navy (0-3, 0-1) in the first quarter. Isaac Ruoss scored on a 1-yard run that gave the Midshipmen a 17-7 lead at the break. Bijan Nichols made field goals from 30 and 36 yards. - Houston/AP College Football

(DS#999 RB) Sr/2022 RB TaZhawn HenryHouston
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  09/20/21 - Donavan MutinSr/2022, Houston, 6-0, 230 (DS#68 ILB) + More +

  SEPT 20 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Donavan Mutin, Jr., LB, Houston,...Had a game-high seven tackles with 1.5 tackles for loss and a forced fumble in a 45-0 win against Grambling State. - American Athletic Conference Football

(DS#68 ILB) Sr/2022 ILB Donavan MutinHouston
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  09/19/21 - Alton McCaskillFr/2025, Houston, 6-1, 200 (DS#23 RB) + More +

  Alton McCaskill ran for 114 yards and two touchdowns as Houston rolled to a 45-0 victory over Grambling on Saturday night. McCaskill ran 16 times and scored on 17- and 34-yard runs for Houston (2-1). Ike Ogbogu completed 14 of 22 passes for 196 yards and threw a pair of touchdown passes to Nathaniel Dell, who finished with eight catches for 134 yards. Marcus Jones scored on a 48-yard punt return for the Cougars. Ta'Zhawn Henry also had a touchdown run. Grambling (1-2) was held to 102 yards of offense and was 0 of 14 on third-down conversions. Darqueze Brutton and CJ Russell each ran for 18 yards. - Houston/AP College Football

(DS#23 RB) Fr/2025 RB Alton McCaskillHouston
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  09/13/21 - Logan HallSr/2022, Houston, 6-5, 260 (DS#16 DE) + More +

  SEPT 13 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Logan Hall, Jr., DT, Houston,...Had a team-high eight tackles with 2.5 tackles for loss and 0.5 sacks in a 44-7 win at Rice. - American Athletic Conference Football

(DS#16 DE) Sr/2022 DE Logan HallHouston
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  09/13/21 - Mannie NunneryrSo/2024, Houston, 6-2, 205 (DS#999 OLB) + More +

  SEPT 13 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Mannie Nunnery, RFr., LB, Houston,...Nunnery blocked two punts, one of which led to a Houston touchdown, to help the Cougars to a 44-7 win at Rice. Nunnery is one of three FBS players with two blocked kicks in a game this season. - American Athletic Conference Football

(DS#999 OLB) rSo/2024 OLB Mannie NunneryHouston
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  09/11/21 - Clayton TuneSr/2022, Houston, 6-2, 215 (DS#50 QB) + More +

  Clayton Tune completed 22 of 30 passes for 236 yards and a pair of touchdowns, Alton McCaskill rushed for two TDs and caught a third as Houston walloped crosstown rival Rice 44-7 on Saturday night. The victory marked Houston's sixth straight in the Bayou Bucket game, the longest win streak by either team in the long-running series. McCaskill opened the scoring by pulling in a 35-yard pass from Tune at 10:08 of the first quarter. After a 38-yard Dalton Witherspoon field goal, Tune found Jake Herslow from 11 yards out as the Cougars (1-1) staked themselves a 17-0 lead with 2:19 left in the opening frame.

Rice (1-1) answered with an 11-play, 81-yard drive capped by Luke McCaffrey's 5-yard pass to Jordan Myers. But Houston scored the next four touchdowns to win going away. McCaskill had TD runs of 1 and 2 yards, Chandler Smith added a 14-yard touchdown run, and Alex Hogan returned an interception 91 yards into the end zone as time expired. McCaffrey finished 9-for-19 passing for 86 yards with three interceptions that led to 13 Houston points. He was sacked three times for a loss of 26 yards. Khalan Griffin led the Owls with 86 of their 126 yards rushing. The teams marked the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks with special uniforms that had a red, white and blue color scheme. - Houston/AP College Football


(DS#50 QB) Sr/2022 QB Clayton TuneHouston
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  05/13/21 - JoVanni StewartrSr/2022, Houston, 5-08, 190 (DS#999 SS) + More +

  The Cougars must replace tackle machine Grant Stuard, the final pick of the NFL draft, but return plenty of experience from a unit that coach Dana Holgorsen said is the "heart and soul" of the defense. Back is middle linebacker and team captain Donavan Mutin, strongside linebacker Jo'Vanni Stewart, and weakside linebacker Deontay Anderson. Mutin started only three games due to injury, a year after finishing third on the team in tackles. "We got worse on defense once (Mutin) got hurt," Holgorsen said. "We were not the same." Stewart took advantage of the bonus year due to COVID-19 to return for a sixth season, and Anderson - who is listed at 230 pounds - spent the latter part of the 2020 season and spring making the transition from safety. The trio has combined for 67 starts. "They want to be good," McDaniel said. "They want this defense to be good. They all play hard and there's a lot of experience in that room. There is a lot of football that has been played in the linebacker room specifically, and that's priceless." - Houston Chronicle

(DS#999 SS) rSr/2022 SS JoVanni StewartHouston
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  05/11/21 - Kody RusseyrSr/2022, Houston, 6-1, 290 (DS#28 C) + More +

  For a unit that over the past handful of seasons has gone through repeated coaching turnover, been ravaged by injuries and lacked any semblance of depth, UH's offensive line will enter preseason camp with few questions. "Definitely trending in the right direction," offensive line coach Brandon Jones said of the depth. Four starting spots appear settled with the only position up for grabs at left guard between Cam'Ron Johnson (6-3, 305) and Max Banes (6-5, 310). If the season began today, Patrick Paul (6-7, 305), who missed most of last season with a lower leg injury, would start at left tackle, Louisiana Tech transfer Kody Russey (6-2, 292) at center, Texas A&M transfer Tank Jenkins (6-3, 335) at right guard and Dennis Bardwell (6-6, 305) at right tackle.

Russey, a graduate transfer, was a big pickup for the Cougars during the offseason. He was a two-time All-Conference USA and brings a wealth of experience with 44 straight starts and 3,453 career snaps. Russey considered entering the NFL draft after his senior year but did not receive the NFL grade he wanted and opted to transfer. "It was a blessing for us," Jones said. - Houston Chronicle


(DS#28 C) rSr/2022 C Kody RusseyHouston
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  05/08/21 - Christian TrahanSr/2022, Houston, 6-3, 245 (DS#34 TE) + More +

  Tight end Christian Trahan accounted for 10 catches totaling nearly 200 yards in UH's final two games last season. Dana Holgorsen received a text message sometime last November. It was from Trevon Wesco, who played tight end for Holgorsen at West Virginia. "Quit messing around and get (No.) 85 the ball," the message read. No. 85 happens to be Christian Trahan, the starting tight end for the University of Houston. And yes, late last season, the Cougars "quit messing around" and got the talented Trahan more involved in the offense. "I tell (quarterback Clayton Tune) to throw it at him because he's going to end up catching it," Holgorsen said. Holgorsen, who is preparing to enter his third season with the Cougars, said this spring that Trahan will be used in a variety of roles in 2021. For starters, Trahan offers a reliable target in the passing game with the departure of Marquez Stevenson, a sixth-round draft pick of the Buffalo Bills, and transfers of Keith Corbin and Tre'Von Bradley. - Houston Chronicle

(DS#34 TE) Sr/2022 TE Christian TrahanHouston
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  05/05/21 - Jaylen ErwinrSr/2022, Houston, 5-11, 171 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Former UCLA receiver Jaylen Erwin transferred to Houston, after entering the transfer portal during the offseason. Erwin played in the first two games of the 2020 season but did not return for the final five games. Erwin was out for the longest period of time among the group of players, including starting quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson, who missed games due to COVID-19 contact tracing. It was never announced whether Erwin had the virus during the season. - Orange County Register

(DS#999 WR) rSr/2022 WR Jaylen ErwinHouston
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  05/01/21 - Payton TurnerSr/2021, Houston, 6-6, 268 (DS#10 DE) + More +

  When it came time for the New Orleans Saints to pick Thursday night, Payton Turner was hard to miss. Turner, a 6-5, 268-pound defensive star for the University of Houston, soared into the first round and was selected by the Saints with the No. 28 pick in the NFL draft. "You're never certain that a player is going to be available and we weren't with this player," Saints coach Sean Payton said. "He's got a lot of traits we value. He was a high-energy player, prototype size. You couldn't help but notice the makeup was good."

Turner becomes the 15th first-round pick in UH history and just the fourth since 1997, joining cornerback D.J. Hayden (Raiders) in 2013, cornerback William Jackson III (Bengals) in 2016 and Ed Oliver (Bills) in 2019. Once projected as a second- or third-round pick, Turner's stock began to rise after strong showings at the Senior Bowl and UH's pro day. Earlier Thursday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that several NFL executives believed Turner could move into the first round based on his "character, medicals and length." - Houston Chronicle


(DS#10 DE) Sr/2021 DE Payton TurnerHouston
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  04/30/21 - Deontay AndersonrSr/2022, Houston, 6-2, 225 (DS#78 OLB) + More +

  Earlier this spring, Deontay Anderson sat in front of a computer screen for a video conference call. He was introduced as a "senior linebacker," which still takes some getting used to. "Sounds a little weird," Anderson said. That's to be expected as Anderson shifts from safety to linebacker for his senior season at the University of Houston. Making a position change in his final college season is probably not what Anderson envisioned when he came out of Manvel High School as the No. 1 safety in the nation for the class of 2016. "The move to linebacker last year, of course I had some doubts," Anderson said. "What's going on? As days go by, this is going to be great for me. I think it's a great fit for me and will be a great fit for the team." Anderson got a taste of playing linebacker down the stretch last season, mostly out of necessity with UH shorthanded at the position because of injuries and a coronavirus outbreak. Doug Belk, who was promoted to defensive coordinator in the offseason, approached Anderson about experimenting at linebacker. Anderson played strongside linebacker against South Florida and Memphis and filled in at weakside linebacker for the New Mexico Bowl. - Houston Chronicle

(DS#78 OLB) rSr/2022 OLB Deontay AndersonHouston
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  04/24/21 - Seth GreenrSr/2022, Houston, 6-3, 240 (DS#43 TE) + More +

  Former Gophers quarterback and receiver Seth Green is heading back to the state of Texas for football again. Green, who entered the transfer portal in February, announced Thursday that he is committed to Houston. He listed tight end as his position for the Cougars, who went 3-5 last season in their second year under coach Dana Holgorsen. The 6-4, 240-pound Green also played wildcat quarterback for the Gophers and finished with 15 career rushing touchdowns. He was a heavily recruited quarterback in high school, first at East Ridge and then in Allen, Texas. Green graduated from Minnesota with a degree in business, marketing and education. He was an Academic All Big Ten selection last year and won the team's Tony Dungy Award for character and community service in 2018 and 2019. - Minneapolis Star Tribune

(DS#43 TE) rSr/2022 TE Seth GreenHouston
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