State of the Cougars: QB position

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 back. O’Korn 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. Kyle Postma 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.

Help 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.

 

3 questions:

 

1.      Who will wind up as the starting QB for the Cougars this season?

2.      If Greg Ward isn’t named starting QB will he be moved back to wide receiver?

3.      Will Tom Herman use a two quarterback tandem if the Qb’s force him to make a touch decision?

Prediction:

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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