July 20, 2010

2010 Forecast: Texas State

The 2010 Houston Cougars football season will kick-off on Saturday September 4 in the friendly confines of Robertson Stadium. The Cougars will open their campaign against the Bobcats from in state opponent Texas State at 7:00 PM and will look for solid competition from one of the better teams in the Southland Conference.

The Bobcats will be led onto the field by head coach Brad Wright who is entering his fourth season at the helm and looking to build off of the team's first back-to-back winning seasons since the early 90's.

Offensively the Bobcats will be led by a new starter at the quarterback position in place of the departed Bradley George who was a big part of the Bobcat's recent success. In the hunt for the starters role under center will be sophomore Tyler Hawkins who saw very little action as a freshman last year, and a name that might be familiar to Cougars recruiting junkies in freshman Tyler Arndt from Cuero High School. Arndt was recruited and offered by the Cougars last year and was seen as the jewel of the Bobcats 2010 recruiting class.

Sharing the backfield with the new signal caller will be a stable of backs with both experience and youth in the mix. Senior Karrington Bush will likely be the starter for the season opener as he returns from a knee injury that shortened his junior year. Also vying for carries in the backfield will be sophomore Frank Reddic who saw limited action last year and freshman Dexter Imade

The Bobcats' receiving corps. should also be strong in 2010 as they return junior Da'Marcus Griggs and sophomore Darren Dillard who combined to haul in 123 passes last year for over 1,600 yards and 14 touchdowns.

The Bobcats will be looking to break in new offensive tackles in 2010, but return a solid interior line group in center Steven Kenney and guards D.J. Hall and Winston Ruelas. Hall was first team all conference last season and both he and Kenney have picked up several preseason honors.

Defensively the Bobcats will return nine starters from last years squad which is led by senior linebacker Marcus Clark who is a three year starter and amassed 95 tackles last season.

Clark will likely be joined at linebacker by Brian Lilly and Joplo Bartu who are seen as the best group to combat a spread offense like the Cougars run. Also look for contributions from Brian Iwuji, Josh Minde and Patrick Stroudtman.

Up front along the line, likely starters at end will be Sam Pier and Ron Jackson. Joining them will be two massive interior linemen in Ralston Dews and Adley Eshraghipour both of which should challenge Houston's interior line.

Rounding out the Bobcats' defense is a talented secondary led by returning starting cornerbacks Derek Lopez and Daryl Morris front runners for the starting jobs at safeties are Kenneth Hampton and T.P. Miller, but don't count out Utah transfer Jarrad Stewart to push for time early. Stewart who is originally from Pearland and shared the backfield with Cougar Nick Saenz while the two played for the Oilers.

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