Scouting C-USA: Houston

Talk about a disaster; Houston fires Kim Helton three years ago after barely missing out on a bowl game finishing the '99 season at 7-4 record. The new athletic director (who has since moved to Navy and started that program off on the wrong foot) brings in Dana Dimel to coach. Dimel has responded with only three wins the past two years, including a dismal 0-11 campaign last year. The end result, amongst other things, is this program has offered nothing to the NFL Draft recently.

Houston Cougars

And 2003 will not be much different. Joffrey Reynolds is a compact, elusive running back tough to catch when the ball is in his hands. Quick-footed, Reynolds sets up defenders and make them miss at the line or in the open field. He displays vision, instincts and heart but is neither fast nor strong though he is a legitimate threat as a receiver out of the backfield, giving him an outside shot as a third down back at the next level. Wide out Brian Robinson has top size but is not nearly as active as he should be for a possession receiver, something he must change this season if he's to catch the eye of pro-scouts. Junior linemen Rex Hadnot an Al James should be kept on radar screens.

Free safety Hanik Milligan is much like older brother Hamlin, who went undrafted last April; big, imposing to the eye and a hard-hitter that looks to mix it up and intimidate opponents. To his credit, Milligan does not make mental mistakes and keeps the action in front of him but lacks overall speed, lateral range and is better making plays up the field than in reverse.



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