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  • Hometown Heroes: Sophomore stud Ed Oliver doesn’t horse around on defense

    HOUSTON – Just a sophomore, Ed Oliver is one of the biggest names in all of college football, named to 13 preseason award watch lists. “If a team decides to put all the pressure on me, and use up two to three guys, and run away from me, you’re going to lose,” Oliver said. “Point, blank, period, you’re gonna lose. The team is more than me, so if you want to do that, you’re shooting yourself in the foot.” Oliver […]

  • Hometown Heroes: Emeke Egbule is ready to make his mark in junior year at UH

    HOUSTON – Emeke Egbule knew the University of Houston was the right choice for him. “This was really the only team I knew about growing up,” Egbule said. The linebacker would see UH clothing around town as he grew up in Galena Park. He played both basketball and football for North Shore High School, and when it came time for college, the decision was easy. “I didn’t have many offers coming out of high school. This was really my best […]

  • Hometown Heroes: Former Katy star Collin Wilder plans for bigger role with the Coogs

    HOUSTON — Collin Wilder is a Katy High School football legend, having started 64 straight varsity games, which is a national record. “Coach Joseph and the coaching staff at Katy, they’re a big big reason I’m here,” Wilder said after a practice at the University of Houston. “I can’t thank them enough for all they taught me up to this point.” Wilder is in his second year at UH and is looking to build on the success he had with […]

  • Hometown Heroes: Linell Bonner puts his name on the map as a Cougar

    HOUSTON – Senior wide receiver Linell Bonner has come a long way at the University of Houston. “I came out of high school barely recruited, walked on here, just worked to get my name on the map,” Bonner said. Not only is his name on the map, but he entered his senior season on the Biletnikoff Watch List, which is the award given to the national’s best receiver. “I knew I could play at the Division I level, so I […]

  • Hometown Heroes: Baytown native Brian Johnson comes home to coach the Coogs

    HOUSTON – At just 30 years old, new UH offensive coordinator Brian Johnson is one of the hottest young coaches in the country. When Major Applewhite took over as head coach, the Baytown native jumped at the chance to join the coaching staff in his hometown. “It’s exciting. I hadn’t been here since high school,” Johnson said. “I’ve enjoyed everything about being here. It’s a great university, a great city.” Johnson played quarterback at the University of Utah, famously beating […]

  • Hometown Heroes: Brian Womac takes pride in Rice as college defensive end

    HOUSTON – Choosing Rice was an easy decision for Brian Womac when he came out of Memorial High School. “Rice really had all the boxes checked, academics, a Division I athletic experience,” Womac said. “It really has been everything I expected it to be.” Playing in his hometown is also special for the defensive end. “I was born in Methodist hospital. It’s like 50 feet away from Rice, so Houston means everything to me.” Womac has 10 tackles for loss […]

  • Hometown Heroes: From Atascocita to UTSA, Greg Campbell grows as a football player

    SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Greg Campbell Jr. is a Road Runner through and through, taking pride in playing for University of Texas at San Antonio. The Road Runners will play Rice this weekend. “It means everything, just that they gave me an opportunity to play Division I football is a blessing,” Campbell said. “I wouldn’t trade it for the world.” Campbell is a Hometown Hero, hailing from Atascocita. He played a variety of roles for the Eagles back in the […]

  • Hometown Heroes: Rice defensive coordinator Brian Stewart loves coaching in the “Football Mecca”

    HOUSTON – Brian Stewart has been coaching football for 25 years, but coming to Rice has opened brand new doors. “First thing is the kids are super smart here,” Stewart said. “This is a great academic university, There’s players that want to be engineers, players that want to be astronauts, That’s pretty special.” Stewart is in his first season as Rice’s defensive coordinator. It’s his third stop in Houston, having been on the inaugural Texans coaching staff as well as […]

  • Hometown Heroes: Yannis Routsas puts the fun in punting at UTSA

    SAN ANTONIO, Texas – As the UTSA punter, Yannis Routsas believes it’s important to be focused, but also to have fun. So, when he headed to the sideline and no one was giving high fives, he mimed a celebration! Overwhelmed from all the high-fives for a great snap-hold-kick! Great team win🔹🔸 pic.twitter.com/ceYp4o0ZE1 — Yanni Routsas (@yannidaboot39) September 17, 2017 “Usually we’re last off the field, doing our handshakes,” Routsas said. “It was just something to have a little fun.” Road […]