Houston 47, Grambling State 0
Cougars (7-2, 4-1) and Cardinals in pivotal American Athletic Conference match up
Houston (7-1, 4-0) travels to Orlando, Fla. and plays on ESPN2 on Saturday at 6 p.m.
Thursday night game broadcast on ESPN at 6 p.m.
First ever meeting between the two schools
In 2012 Middleton assisted with a group of receivers that included Conference USA All-Freshman team members Deontay Greenberry and Larry McDuffey. Greenberry led all freshmen in the league in receptions and receiving yards while McDuffey led all first-year players in receiving touchdowns.
Middleton comes to UH after helping Evangel Christian Academy to the Class 2A State playoffs in 2011 and the State Championship in 2010. During that 2010 championship run, Middleton's top-three receivers combined for 148 catches, 2,386 yards and 30 scores in 2010 as Evangel went 12-2 en route to the state crown.
Middleton finished his Houston career with 137 catches for 2,873 yards and 24 scores. One of the most explosive receivers in school history, the Houston native averaged 21.0 yards per reception for his career, second in school history (Elmo Wright, 21.9 ypc). He also produced 11 career 100-yard receiving games (fourth all-time), including a career high 232 yards on six catches and two scores against No. 15 TCU on Oct. 25, 2003.
He also ranks among the Top 10 in school history with 2,873 receiving yards (sixth) and 24 touchdown catches (fifth). His top season came as a senior in 2003 when he made 55 grabs for 1,250 yards and 14 touchdowns. The yardage ranks seventh all-time in single-season history, while the 14 scores ranks fourth.
Middleton played five seasons in the National Football League, including the final two with the Detroit Lions. His top game in "Motown" came Dec. 16, 2007, at San Diego when he made four grabs for 32 yards and a nine-yard TD reception. Middleton began his career as a free agent and saw time in Dallas (2004), St. Louis (2004-06) and Detroit (2007-08).
Middleton and his wife, Denise, have two children, Brielle and Isaiah.