August 30, 2013

Redemption: A Football Story

It's that time of the year again! Fall classes have started and football season is underway as well. As second-year head coach, Tony Levine hopes to inspire his players this season after coming off a 5-7 (4-4 C-USA) losing record last year and missing out on a bowl-bid. With the new arrival of The American Athletic Conference, UH has tougher opponents to handle like the established running game of Rutgers University, Southern Methodist University, and Temple University. The defense will have to also watch out for the all-around offense of the University of Cincinnati and Louisville University.

New year. Same goal. Win.

The Coogs' offense is led by QB David Piland (Jr) who threw for at least 300 yards in five games including a career-high 580 yards against Louisiana Tech ... also had four touchdowns in the game, a number he would replicate against East Carolina ... set an NCAA single-game record with 77 attempts without an interception against Louisiana Tech ... threw for multiple touchdowns in four games ... reeled off a career-long 86-yard rush for a touchdown at UCLA ... and ranked third in Conference USA in total offense with 283.6 yards per game. With aspirations running high on campus, perhaps the Levine-Piland duo can reach an undefeated regular-season like that of the Sumlin-Keenum in the 2011 season (only to lose in the conference championship to the Golden Eagles of Southern Mississippi, 49-28).



With our minds on football, let us reminisce on the past decades that the University of Houston has enjoyed. In August 1945, the University of Houston announced that the school would field a football team for the first time. Throughout the Cougars' history, the team has won 10 conference championships and has several players as members of the College Football Hall of Fame, including Heisman Trophy winner Andre Ware. For more images of UH's football history, check out the UH Digital Library! All pictures are located in the Houstonian Yearbook Collection.







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