Monday, September 04, 2017

Houston Cougars name 2017 football captains

Steven Dunbar
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By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2017 TexSport Publications

HOUSTON, TEXAS (September 4, 2017) On Monday, February 4, 2017, the Houston Cougars named their team captains for the 2017 football season. The selection was based off a player vote. Junior defensive back Garrett Davis and senior receiver Steven Dunbar, along with senior linebacker Matthew Adams and senior running back Dillon Birden were chosen to lead the Cougars both on and off the field.

Garrett Davis
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Dunbar, who hails from Metairie, Louisiana, tallied five touchdowns and 53 receptions for 692 yards last season. Adams led the Cougars with 82 tackles (57 solo) along with two forced fumbles. Davis, appeared in 26 games in his first two season for the Cougars; including starting in 12 of 13 games in 2016. Birden, who joined the program in 2016, led Houston with six rushing TDs and recovered two fumbles.

Dillon Birden
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After having their first game of the season postponed due to Hurricane Harvey, the Cougars will kick off the 2017 season with a Saturday, September 9 road game against Arizona. The Cougars and the Wildcats have played twice before. In their first game, on October 11, 1969, Houston came out on top by the score of 34-17. Their next match-up came 17 years later, on September 6, 1986, with Houston dropping a 37-3 decision. Both games were played in Arizona.

Matthew Adams
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Houston will play their first home game on Saturday, September 16 against cross-town rival Rice. They have played each other 40 times with the Cougars hold a 29-11 advantage. The last two times Houston and Rice  played; in 2012 and 2013, the Cougars have come out on top. On September 29, 2012, they posted a 35-14 win and on September 21, 2013, the downed the Owls 31-26. Both games were played at Reliant Stadium (now NRG Stadium).

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