Nine Cougars Named to Phil Steele Midseason Team

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    Oct. 17, 2013

    HOUSTON –Nine members of the Houston Football program were named to Phil Steele’s Midseason All-AAC Team the publication announced Thursday. WR Deontay Greenberry and KR Demarcus Ayers led the way as first team selections.

    RB Ryan Jackson, OL Rowdy Harper, LB Derrick Mathews and CB Zach McMillian were all named second team by Steele while WR Daniel Spencer, C Bryce Redman and DE Trevor Harris earned third team honors.

    A sophomore, Greenberry has already eclipsed his first-year receiving yards total with 39 receptions for 606 yards (15.5 avg) including three touchdowns. He ranks eighth nationally and second in The American with an average of 121.2 receiving yards per game and ranks 10th nationally and third in the conference with an average of 7.8 receptions per game.

    Greenberry has three games this season with at least 146 yards with a high of 165 yards. He has registered at least six receptions in four of five games with a high of 14 and a touchdown in three games this season.

    Ayers currently leads The American in kick returns with an average of 24.8 yards per return. The true freshman has 13 returns for 322 yards with a long of 24.8 yards. Last Saturday vs. Memphis, all five of Ayers’ returns were 20 yards or longer including a career-long 45-yard return.


     

     

    Houston's leading rusher despite only starting two games, Jackson is third in the American with an average of 78.2 rushing yards per game as he owns 391 yards on 76 carries (5.1 avg.) with four touchdowns. Jackson is also fourth on his team in receiving yards with 164 off 11 receptions with two receiving touchdowns. Jackson has over 100 all-purpose yards in four of five games this year and is seventh in the American with 111 all-purpose yards per game. Jackson has eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark in two games this season with a high of 120 yards.

    Part of a Houston offensive line that ranks second in the conference and 18th nationally with just five sacks allowed, Harper has started the 31 straight games for the Cougar. Harper has helped the Houston offense rank second in the conference in total offense at 476.6 yards per game while ranking second in rushing offense at 188.8 yards per game and third in passing offense at 287.8 yards per game. He has helped pave the way for two 100-yard rushing games from Jackson.

    After moving to middle linebacker from the weakside, Mathews leads Houston with 49 tackles and is second in The American with average of six solo tackles per game, a number that ranks 15th nationally. Mathews is fourth in the conference and 24th nationally with an average of 9.8 total tackles per game. He also ranks third in the American Conference with two fumble recoveries to help lead Houston gain the national lead in turnover margin at +14. Mathews has also forced a fumble, broken up two passes and recorded one tackle for loss.

    A three-year starter at cornerback, McMillian is second in The American with two interceptions through five games for Houston. McMillian also has forced one fumble and broken up a pass along with 27 total tackles, 21 of which have been solo tackles.

    The leader of a Houston offensive line that ranks second in the conference and 18th nationally with just five sacks allowed, Redman has started the last 11 games for the Cougar. Redman, a team captain, has helped the Houston offense rank second in the conference in total offense at 476.6 yards per game while ranking second in rushing offense at 188.8 yards per game and third in passing offense at 287.8 yards per game. He has helped pave the way for two 100-yard rushing games from Jackson.

    Spencer is second on Houston’s squad with 18 receptions for 240 yards and four touchdowns. Spencer is also second on the team with five overall TDs, adding a 45-yard touchdown run as well. Spencer is fifth in the league with an average of 6.0 points per game.

    A junior college transfer and former wide receiver, Harris leads Houston with 4.5 tackles for loss including two sacks as a part of his 27 tackles, which leads all UH defensive linemen. Harris also has four quarterback hurries, one forced fumble and one blocked extra point.

    Houston looks to stay undefeated this Saturday and move to 6-0 as it faces BYU at 2:30 p.m. inside Reliant Stadium. 

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