Postgame Notes: Houston 27, USF 3
Houston vs. SMU
2006: One of 36 players to play in all 14 games, setting the UH single-season record... emerged as a force out of the backfield midway through the season... National and C-USA leader with 10.1 yards per rush... Posted four 100-yard rushing games... Fourth in C-USA with 131.1 all-purpose yards per game and sixth with an average of 22.3 yards per kickoff return... Posted five rushes of longer than 50 yards, including a long of 87 yards against C-USA rival Tulane... Eighth in C-USA with 68.5 rushing yards per game... Gave the Cougars the lead for good after catching an 8-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter during the season opener at Rice... Finished the night with two catches for 21 yards against the Owls... Returned three kickoffs for 105 yards, including a 76-yard run on the first play of the season... Electrified Cougar fans in the home opener against Tulane... Rushed for 155 yards and a pair of touchdowns on only five carries against the Green Wave... Broke off 44- and 87-yard runs against Tulane with the latter run as the third-longest run from scrimmage in UH history... Also hauled in two catches for 12 yards and returned the opening kickoff 29 yards... Posted three catches for a team-high 78 yards against Oklahoma State... Returned three kickoffs for 100 yards, including a long of 46 yards, against Louisiana-Lafayette... Returned five kickoffs for 106 yards at Southern Miss... Rushed for 73 yards and a pair of touchdowns on only 11 carries against UTEP... Also added an 8-yard reception and a 17-yard kickoff return against the Miners... Led the Cougars with 133 rushing yards on only nine carries, adding a 29-yard touchdown run, against UCF... Also hauled in a 5-yard reception and returned a kickoff 18 yards against the Golden Knights... Rushed for 136 yards and a touchdown on only 12 carries against Tulsa... Added two catches for six yards and three kickoff returns against the Golden Hurricane... Enjoyed another electrifying performance against SMU to help the Cougars clinch the C-USA West Division... Rushed for 225 yards on only 13 carries and added a pair of 77-yard touchdown runs.... Also caught a 33-yard pass and returned a kickoff return 12 yards against the Mustangs... Honored as the C-USA Offensive Player of the Week following that performance... Rushed for 81 yards on 14 carries and returned four kickoffs for 90 yards at Memphis during the regular-season finale.
2005: Appeared in all 12 games with six starts... led the Cougars with an average of 22.7 yards per catch... led all Cougar wideouts with 103 receiving yards on only three catches during the season opener against Oregon... capped a 21-point first quarter for the Cougars with a 62-yard touchdown reception.... later hauled in a 38-yard catch during the first 100-yard receiving game of his career... made his first career start against the Ducks... rushed for 20 yards on only three carries and hauled in a 15-yard reception against Sam Houston State in the Robertson Stadium opener... hauled in a 53-yard touchdown in the C-USA opener at UTEP... posted two catches for 47 yards, including a 54-yard touchdown, at UCF... did record a catch in the Fort Worth Bowl versus Kansas...
High School: Selected to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal State Top 100 at Denton High School... rated #49 in area by Dallas Morning News... rated #19 all-purpose back in nation by Rivals 100... named Honorable Mention AP 4A All-State... selected to the Max Emfinger Texas Super All-State Team... also picked Texas Sports Writers Association Third-Team, All-State... named District 6-4A Offensive Player-of-the-Year... rushed for 1,626-yards on 9.3 yards per carry and scored 27 TDs... also caught 32 passes for 506-yards and had 189 yards on kickoff returns.
Personal: Full name is Anthony E. Alridge... born Nov. 24, 1983... son of Vincent and Lisa Alridge... enjoys playing the drums in his spare time... majoring in sociology.