Houston Cougars Football Season Preview History
2014 Houston Football Preview:
Tony Levine’s 2nd full season as head coach of the Houston Cougars football team saw the Cougars build off of a tough 2012 season and return to bowl eligibility. Of Houston’s 5 losses on the season, 4 were by 7 points or less proving that Houston was just a few plays away from being in the running for an AAC championship. Houston looks to turn those close losses into victories in 2014 and will rally behind 2nd year starting quarterback John O’Korn. The sophomore threw for over 3,000 yards in his freshman season and will utilize dangerous offensive weapons Daniel Spencer and Deontay Greenberry. Look for the Cougars to continue to be one of the top offenses in the country as they try to take the next step towards an AAC title. Key games for the Cougars will be October 2nd against UCF, November 28th at SMU, and December 6th at Cincinnati.
2011 Houston Football Preview:
Houston had a rough go in 2010. After a promising start, the Cougars lost starting quarterback Case Keenum for the year and stumbled to a 5-7 finish. However, Keenum is back and healthy this season, and head coach Kevin Sumlin looks to bring Houston back into the Top-25 once more.
The importance of having Keenum under center cannot be understated. He was a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate in 2009, and has one of the best arms in the country. And with Houston's pass-happy offensive scheme, he's a perfect fit. He will be helped a great deal by standout wide receiver Patrick Edwards, who is returning after a 1,000 yard campaign last season.
As for the defense, while it may not have the explosive potential as the offense, it has a solid core to build around. Specifically, the Cougars will return their starting three linebackers from a year ago to provide some much needed leadership. With a toned down schedule and a wealth of experience, there's no reason why Houston can't make its way back to the post season.
2010 Houston Football Preview:
Given last year's success and the steadiness of the program, fans of Houston Cougars football have got to be excited about the 2010 season. Still early in his tenure, head coach Kevin Sumlin has led his team to back-to-back appearances in the Armed Forces Bowl and a top finish in Conference USA West in 2009. The team went 10-4 overall, and let opponents know that they would be a team to fear in 2010.
This season, nearly every starter returns for the Cougars, making them a contender to claim the school's 11th conference championship. Much to the delight of Cougars fans, and the dismay of opposing defensive coordinators, Houston's quarterback Case Keenum will return for another year of play. Last season, the redshirt junior became just the second Division I quarterback to gain more than 5,000 passing yards in consecutive seasons. In total, Keenum threw for an astounding 5,671 yards and 44 touchdowns in 2009. He'll be flanked by running back Charles Sims and top receiver James Cleveland.
With a star-studded cast of returning players, the Cougars have a good chance for ongoing success when they start the 2010 season on September 4.
2009 Houston Football Preview:
Head Coach: Kevin Sumlin
The University of Houston Cougars should have an exciting football season in 2009. Head Coach Kevin Sumlin is starting his 3rd year at the helm of the Cougars, so his talented offense should really start to take flight. Houston will need that offense to soar in 2009 because the team faces a challenging schedule, highlighted by non-conference games against Mississippi State, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech.
2008 Houston Football Preview:
Head Coach: Kevin Sumlin
The Houston Cougars football program is one of the most exciting to watch this season as they say goodbye to their successful coach Art Briles, who has left to take the head coaching job at Baylor, and they settle in under the leadership of former Oklahoma Sooners Offensive Coordinator Kevin Sumlin. The Cougars have shown themselves to be a real contender each year for a Conference-USA West division title and conference title, and the team will also look for a bowl bid in 2008. Robertson Stadium will hold capacity crowds this coming season, as the Houston Cougars start the next era in their already rich football history.