Preview 2019: Previewing and looking ahead to the Houston Cougars season with what you need to know.
2018 Record: 8-5 overall, 5-3 in AAC
Head Coach: Dana Holgorsen, 1st year
5. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE HOUSTON OFFENSE
– Yeah, the same offense that Dana Holgorsen cranked up at West Virginia is coming to Houston, but the passing game wasn’t a problem last season. The Cougars led the AAC and were ninth in the nation in passing efficiency for an O that finished seventh in the nation in yards and averaged 44 points per game.
– Back from a knee injury, D’Eriq King is one of the nation’s best all-around quarterbacks. Clayton Tune was fine in relief over the last part of the season, but when the 5-11, 195-pound King is rolling, he’s unstoppable. A baller’s baller, King ran for 14 scores and threw 36 touchdown passes after taking to the starting job right away. As long as King is in one piece, the offense is going to be fantastic again.
– The receiving corps is beyond loaded. Junior Marquez Stevenson is back after leading the team with 75 catches for 1,019 yards and nine scores, and senior Keith Corbin is back after averaging over 17 yards per catch with ten touchdown on his 40 grabs. And it doesn’t stop there with ten of the top 12 wideouts returning.
– King will be one of the team’s top rushers, but senior Patrick Carr will handle most of the work after leading the way with 868 yards and five scores, averaging 5.7 yards per pop. 215-pound Mulbah Car is a good veteran, and in comes transfer Kyle Porter from Texas to add even more flash to the mix.
– The O line should be okay, but it’s not going to be a rock after struggling a bit in pass protection. There’s decent size and enough depth to at least come up with a few position battles, but the tackles are set, guard Braylon Jones will likely move to center, and there isn’t a whole lot of concern about coming up with decent starting guards.