The Houston Cougars are just a week away from opening their 2017 spring football workouts. One of the biggest faces of the Cougars over the last few two seasons has been quarterback Greg Ward Jr. who has now moved on to pursue his dreams of playing in the NFL.
Ward was simply electric at times as the quarterback but the Cougars have some options behind him that will battle during the spring to see who steps in to take over the Cougars offense in 2017.
The most notable name is transfer Kyle Allen who sat last season out as part of the NCAA transfer rules and will now look to stake his claim to the spot vacated by Ward. Allen was a blue-chip prospect coming out of Arizona and signing with the Texas A&M. After battling through an injury and behind the scenes drama, Allen may now be poised to finally get his collegiate career back on track.
Allen may be the marquee name battling to claim the signal caller duties this spring but there are several others who will battle with him for a shot as well. Kyle Postma, who has been a jack-of-all-trades for the Cougars since his arrival, will certainly have something to say about the races this spring.
There are younger options as well. The two freshmen that came into the program in the 2016 recruiting cycle, redshirt freshman Bowman Sells and sophomore D’Eriq King who saw the field immediately as a slot receiver in 2016. King and Sells were very highly thought of coming into the program and although they are two different quarterbacks, both have obvious talent and could fit into the Cougars offense in different ways.
Rounding out the quarterback position is a pair of juniors in Bear Fenimore and Mason McClendon.
This will be one of the most important position battles this spring and should garner a lot of attention both locally and nationally as the Cougars look to decide who their next offensive leader will be.
The Cougars kick-off spring workouts Monday March 6, and wrap up the workout with the annual Red & White game which will be held Saturday April 15 at TDECU Stadium.