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    2022 Houston Preseason Preview

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    Cougars 2022 Season Preview


    Redshirt senior Rickie Shaffer expected to play heavy role in this new Cougar offense.


    We spoke to Head Coach Noodlz2 at the first practice of Fall Camp. When asked what his goals were going into the 2022 season he replied “Obviously winning a conference championship is the goal and that’s what we’re aiming for, but we’re aiming for a bowl game bid, and a bowl game win this season.”


    In Head Coach Noodlz2’s first season he took over a team decimated by poor coaching in 2020. However, he managed to lead his team to the Birmingham bowl, a 7-5 overall regular season record, and a 4-4 American Conference record. This past season after losing the most of the little experience this Cougar team had, they finished 5-7 overall, and a 5-3 in the American missing a potential bowl bid by 1 game.


    After bringing in a 56th nationally ranked recruiting class, there are a few true freshman on the offensive side of this ball squad expected to make an immediate impact on the field this year. True freshman receivers Benjamin Hampton and Mohamed Barrett have high expectations for them in this new Houston offense pass game. Garrett Sprague and Clinton Polk are going to fill in holes on this year’s offensive line until next seasons recruiting class adds depth. Defensively this Houston defense plays zero true freshman, as they head into the fall.


    Returning Starters:

    Offense - 4

    Defense - 8


    Players to watch on the offensive side of the ball this year are:


    QB Rickie Shaffer




    Going into his redshirt senior year and his second year leading this Houston offense, Rickie has big shoes to fill in a newly implemented offensive scheme. This should be the year Shaffer makes a name for himself.


    Last season’s stats:

    • 214 completions of 359 attempts

    • 2548 passing yards, 17 TDs 14 INTs

    • 127.06 QBR, 7.07 YPA, 205.0 YPG

    • 39 carries, 233 yards, 2 TDs

    • 5.97 YPC, 19.42 YPG


    RB William Amos




    Amos was a huge piece in the Houston return game last season. Earning himself a spot on the 2021 AAC All-Conference list on offense at the returner position, and fills the returner spot in the 2022 AAC Players to Watch list. Amos is expected to play a huge role in the Houston run game as well.


    Last season’s stats:

    • 577 career return yards, 1TD


    Players to watch on the defensive side of the ball this year are:


    DT Lorenzo Holliday




    Holiday a redshirt senior leads this deep group of defensive tackles into the 2022 season. Holiday had a good season picking up his performance to help turn this Houston defense around the second half of the season.


    Last season’s stats:

    • 24 tackles, 4 TFL, 4 sacks


    CB Kyle Heard




    Going into his senior year season Heard plays a vital role in this year’s secondary. Heard recruited as a zone coverage corner was a ball hawk last season. Houston’s improved front seven this year should make things a lot easier for Heard come fall.


    Last season’s stats:

    • 4 INTs, 7 tackles


    Houston starts it’s season week 2 at Death Valley against a talented Clemson team. This game will serve as a benchmark for where this team stands talent wise following the rest of the year. Expect this Cougar team to prove itself as a competitive team in AAC again this fall.

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