Overview: Going into last season, the quarterback position was supposed to the one of the strongest positions for the Houston Cougar’s football team. John O’Korn was coming off a very good freshman season, and Greg Ward was the complimentary backup
Last season the QB position took a step
got benched in favor of Greg Ward during
the game vs UCF in which he threw two interceptions and completed only 46
percent of his passes. Ward then finished the season winning 6 of the remaining
8 games including the amazing bowl comeback against the Pittsburgh Panthers.
Although Ward lacks size (5’11, 178) he makes up for it with his speed and
willingness to win. He finished the year finishing top 10 nationally in pass completion
percentage of 67.3 percent. He also rushed for six scores on 118 carries for
573 yards. He saved his best game for last when he guided the Cougars to one of
the biggest comebacks in bowl history throwing 3 touchdowns and rushing for 92
yards on 6.6 yards a carry. Oh and not to mention he has some experience at
wide receiver as well. John O’Korn
has since moved on
to transfer to Michigan. Head Coach Tom Herman brought in a couple of newcomers
to compete for the starting QB job. Herman has started that there is no
favorite for the position. The biggest competition for Ward might be transfer
senior QB Adam Schulz. Schulz started three games for the Utah Utes in 2013
after walking on for the program. In eight career games for the Utes he threw
for 1,091 yards, six touchdowns to go with 25 carries for 78 yards. Since
Schulz was a walk-on for Utah he doesn’t have to sit out a year as a transfer.
recently arrived on campus during the
summer and he could compete for the starting QB job as well. The sophomore from
Katy, Texas put up some very impressive numbers for Trinity Valley Community
College in which he threw for 3328 passing yards, 38 touchdowns and only 9
interceptions. He is also a much underrated runner as well. Rounding out the
quarterback depth is redshirt freshmen Bear Fenimore
and Mason McClendon. Junior Hunter McCoy and sophomore Christian Jones.
on the way: Cougars definitely have help on the way at
the QB position. They currently have a commit from Lovejoy High School Bowman Sells. The left hander is one of the top 5 QB’s in the state of Texas and he
holds offer from numerous big time colleges such as Texas, Ohio St. and
Clemson. Not to mention he is a December graduate so he can enroll early at the
University of Houston. Herman might carry more than one QB in this class.
Recently Westfield QB Dillon Sterling-Cole announced that the Cougars are on
his top 8 list. It helps that current offensive-line coach Corby Meekins was his High School Head Football Coach. That
should be an interesting thing to keep an eye on as Signing Day gets closer.
will wind up as the starting QB for the Cougars this season?
Greg Ward isn’t named starting QB will he be moved back to wide receiver?
Tom Herman use a two quarterback tandem if the Qb’s
force him to make a touch decision?
I think Ward will wind up as the starting QB for the
Cougars this season. He is coming off all the momentum in the world after
guiding the Cougars to the Armed Forces Bowl comeback. Also, Herman’s fast
spread offense suits him well in which he can make plays running and passing.
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