Conference USA Honors Cougars
HOUSTON, Texas (Nov. 28) - Six University of Houston football players Nov. 28 were honored by Conference USA, as it was announced by the league office in Chicago.
Seniors Josh Lovelady (Midfield, Texas) and Wayne Rogers (Waco, Texas) were picked to the C-USA First Team, while sophomore wide receiver Brian Robinson (Daytona Beach, Fla.) was selected to the second team. A trifecta of freshmen-center Al James (Tallahassee, Fla.), safety Heard Robinson (Houston, Texas) and defensive tackle Josh Tubbs (Belton, Texas)-were tabbed as Conference USA All-Freshmen.
Lovelady and Rogers both capped their final seasons for the Cougars in impressive fashion. One of the top offensive linemen not only in the league, but also at the national level, Lovelady graded out at 85% on the season and led the Cougar offensive line with just one sack allowed all season. He was a preseason All C-USA selection by several publications.
As for Rogers, the linebacker continues to rack up postseason awards. Twice named All-America by two national organizations, Rogers was the Cougars defensive leader this year, racking up a Conference USA-leading 134 tackles, including 87 solo stops. Rogers-who was twice named C-USA Defensive Player of the Week in games versus Memphis and Southern Miss in successive weeks-set a Houston single-season record with 26 tackles for loss. He also racked up 10 sacks, four passes broken up and one interception.
Robinson stepped out of the shadows and into the spotlight this season, as the wide receiver replaced Orlando Iglesias and became the Cougars leading receiver. Robinson finished with 80 catches for 890 yards and six touchdowns and teamed with another sophomore, KeyKowa Bell, to give Houston the nation's number-four receiving tandem.
As for the freshmen, James provided every snap at center for the Cougars this season, starting every game in his first season with Houston. James graded out 83% on the year and allowed only three quarterback sacks overall.
Just like James, Tubbs started every game on the Cougar defensive line in his initial campaign at the Division I-A level. Tubbs led the Cougars with two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries, while also racking up 21 total tackles, including three for losses and two sacks.
Finally, Robinson gives the Cougars another glimpse of years to
come with his excellent play in the secondary. Robinson began the year as
the starter before suffering an injury early in 2000. By the end of the
year Robinson had regained his starting position and responded with 27
total tackles, including an impressive 22 unassisted stops. He also
registered one sack, one interception for 19 yards and one forced fumble.