2008 Team Insiders: Houston Austin Mustangs

With 16 starters returning for the Houston Austin football team, could this be the year for the Mustangs to finish in the top half of 21-4A? Check out TexasPrepInsider as we highlight your favorite teams in Texas with our previews.

Things could be on the up and up for the Houston Austin football team. Coach Pete Gareri Jr. will have 16 (8 OFF, 8 DEF) players returning to the Mustang team after a dismal 2-8 season in 2007.

Plenty of strength coming back on the offensive side of the ball with quarterback Michael Teel under center. As a sophomore, Teel had 754 yards of offense and seven touchdowns. Clifford Williams who rushed for 609 yards and nine touchdowns last year as a freshman will dominate the Mustangs' ground game. 

Teel has a couple of proven targets with Julian Madise and Stephen Taylor, both of whom had 13 catches last season. Also, look for tight end Dwayne Hopkins (14 receptions) to get some touches. 

Defensively, Marcus Jenkins leads the ‘D' after recording 81 tackles and three sacks. Look for him at the strong-side linebacker spot. Jose Hernandez is the leader up front while Robert Estrada is the leader in the secondary after finishing with two interceptions last season. 

2008 SCHEDULE
Week 0: Open
Week 1: Sam Houston Location: Dyer Date: 09-04-08 
Week 2: Scarborough Location: Barnett Date: 09-12-08
Week 3: Milby Location: Barnett Date: 09-20-08
Week 4: Davis Location: Delmar Date: 09-25-08
Week 5: Bellaire Location: Barnett Date: 10-04-08
Week 6: Yates Location: Barnett Date: 10-11-08
Week 7: Sharpstown Location: Butler Date: 10-17-08
Week 8: Reagan Location: Barnett Date: 10-25-08
Week 9: Waltrip Location: Delmar Date: 10-31-08
Week 10: Westbury Location: Barnett Date: 11-06-08


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