11/30/18 - (DT) - Ed Oliver, Jr, 6-2, 292 DT Ed Oliver has played his final college game. Oliver announced via social media on Friday that he planned to sit out Houston's bowl game in order to concentrate on his preparations for the 2019 NFL Draft. Oliver, the Outland Trophy winner in 2017 as the nation's top interior lineman, endured an injury-plagued junior season with the Cougars. In his most recent mock draft published Nov. 11, Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com projected Oliver to be the third overall pick in the draft.
11/24/18 - (DT) - Ed Oliver, Jr, 6-2, 292 DT Ed Oliver's return from a knee injury did not last long. Oliver, who has been sidelined for the previous four games, aggravated the knee injury in the first half of Friday's 52-31 loss to Memphis and did not return. The reigning Outland Trophy winner is expected to miss two to three weeks, Cougars coach Major Applewhite said Friday night. Such a timetable would allow Oliver to return to play in a bowl game, but there has been speculation throughout his injury that he may elect to shut it down for the season. However, Applewhite and Oliver each indicated that the junior standout would be available to play in a bowl game if he was healthy.
11/20/18 - (DT) - Ed Oliver, Jr, 6-2, 292 DT Ed Oliver has missed the past four games with a knee injury, but ESPN reported that the reigning Outland Trophy winner is expected to return for Friday's game against Memphis. Officially, Oliver remains day-to-day, according to the Cougars' football program, and there has been speculation that Oliver would sit out the rest of his college football season as he prepares for the NFL Draft. In his most recent mock draft published Nov. 11, Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com projected Oliver to be the third overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
11/17/18 - (WR) - DEriq King, Jr, 5-11, 195 Houston quarterback D'Eriq King is expected to miss the rest of the season after tearing the meniscus in his right knee during the Cougars' victory against Tulane, a person familiar with the injury told The Associated Press on Friday night. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team was not planning an official announcement about King's injury. King's injury was first reported by the Houston Chronicle.
The junior has accounted for 50 touchdowns (36 passing and 14 rushing) to lead the nation for the Cougars (8-3, 5-2), who are still in contention for the American Athletic Conference West Division and a spot in the league championship game. Houston plays Memphis next week in a game that could decide the division. King was not hit on the play in which he was injured late in the second quarter. He was replaced by freshman Clayton Tune, who has played in three games this season and completed 20 for 42 passes for 309 yards and four touchdowns with one interception. - AP College Football
11/17/18 - (WR) - DEriq King, Jr, 5-11, 195 QB D'Eriq King will miss the rest of the season. King suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee in Thursday's 48-17 drubbing of Tulane. The injury occurred on a handoff in the second quarter. King was in the midst of a superb season for the Cougars, who are sitting atop the American Athletic Conference West Division with an 8-3 overall record and 5-2 mark in league play.
11/16/18 - (DT) - Ed Oliver, Jr, 6-2, 292 DT Ed Oliver engaged in a heated shouting match with Houston coach Major Applewhite just before halftime of Thursday night's game against Tulane. Oliver, considered a potential No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, was enraged and had to be restrained after Applewhite after the coach told him to remove his cold-weather coat. The reigning Outland Trophy winner was inactive due to a knee injury and, per a team rule, only uniformed players are allowed to wear coats on the sideline. Oliver, who sat out his fourth consecutive game, did not join the team on the sideline in the second half of the 48-17 win over Tulane and was unavailable for comment after the contest.
11/03/18 - (DT) - Ed Oliver, Jr, 6-2, 292 DT Ed Oliver will return to the lineup for Saturday night's game against SMU. Oliver sat out last week's 57-36 win over South Florida due to a knee injury he suffered against Navy on Oct. 20. Because Oliver is expected to be among the top picks in the 2019 NFL Draft, there was some speculation that he would not play the remainder of the season for fear of injury, following the path of Ohio State star defensive lineman Nick Bosa. However, Cougars head coach Major Applewhite doused such talk in a statement released on Friday, per the Houston Chronicle.
10/29/18 - (WR) - DEriq King, Jr, 5-11, 195 OCT 29 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: D'Eriq King, Houston, Jr., QB, Manvel, Texas,...King, who also was chosen as the Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week, tied the American Athletic Conference single-game record by figuring in seven touchdowns to lead Houston past No. 21/20 USF 57-36. King completed 28 of 40 passes for 419 yards and five touchdowns with two interceptions (one on a Hail Mary at the end of the first half) and rushed for a game-high 132 yards with two touchdowns on 12 carries. King, who had a career-high 551 yards of total offense against the previously unbeaten Bulls, enters Week 10 as the national leader in points responsible for (236). - American Athletic Conference Football
10/29/18 - (WR) - DEriq King, Jr, 5-11, 195 OCT 29 WALTER CAMP NATIONAL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: D'ERIQ KING, HOUSTON, Junior, Quarterback, Manvel, TX,...D'Eriq King accounted for seven touchdowns (5 passing, 2 rushing) as Houston defeated previously unbeaten USF, 57-36. King passed for 419 yards (28-of-40) and rushed for 132 more as the Cougars improved to 7-1, 4-0 in the American Athletic Conference West Division. Notes: D'Eriq King is the ninth Houston player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004, and joins teammate LB Austin Robinson, who was honored last week. - The Walter Camp Football Foundation
10/25/18 - (DT) - Ed Oliver, Jr, 6-2, 292 DT Ed Oliver reportedly is questionable for Saturday's big game against No. 21 South Florida because of a bruised knee. Oliver suffered the injury during Houston's win over Navy on Saturday. The Houston Chronicle reported that Oliver has missed two straight practices and is listed as questionable. According to the report, the Cougars may not decide on Oliver's availability until shortly before kickoff. "We'll (continue to) monitor him and see if he's available," said head coach Major Applewhite, per the Chronicle. Oliver was a consensus All-American last season, when he became the first underclassman to win the Outland Trophy.
10/22/18 - (WR) - DEriq King, Jr, 5-11, 195 OCT 22 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: D'Eriq King, Houston, Jr., QB, Manvel, Texas,...King completed 25 of 38 passes for 413 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 56 yards and a touchdown to lead Houston to its fourth straight victory - a 49-36 win at Navy. King turned in the second 400-yard game of his career and threw touchdown passes to three different receivers while helping three players register 100 receiving yards each. - American Athletic Conference Football
10/22/18 - (ILB) - Austin Robinson, rSr, 6-2, 240 OCT 22 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE CODEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Austin Robinson, Houston, Sr., LB, Pearland, Texas,...Robinson, who was also named as the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week, registered a career-high 21 tackles with 2.0 sacks and 4.5 tackles for loss in Houston's 49-36 win at Navy, keeping the Cougars atop The American's West Division standings. Robinson's tackles total ranks second on The American's single-game chart. - American Athletic Conference Football
10/22/18 - (ILB) - Austin Robinson, rSr, 6-2, 240 OCT 22 WALTER CAMP NATIONAL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: AUSTIN ROBINSON, HOUSTON, Senior, Linebacker, Pearland, TX/Episcopal...Austin Robinson recorded a career-high 21 tackles (11 solo), including 4.5 for losses, and two quarterback sacks, as Houston defeated Navy, 49-36. With the victory, the Cougars improved to 6-1, 3-0 in the American Athletic Conference. Notes: Austin Robinson is the eighth Houston player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004, and the first since linebacker Steven Taylor (Nov. 20, 2016). - The Walter Camp Football Foundation
10/15/18 - (DT) - Ed Oliver, Jr, 6-2, 292 OCT 15 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Ed Oliver, Houston, Jr., DT, Houston, Texas,...Oliver tied The American's single-game record with 5.0 tackles for loss to go with 2.0 sacks, a quarterback hurry and a forced fumble that produced a Houston touchdown in the Cougars' 42-20 win at ECU. Oliver led a defense that held ECU to 41 rushing yards as the Cougars remain alone in first place in The American's West Division. Oliver has registered 11.5 tackles for loss and nine quarterback hurries this season. - American Athletic Conference Football
10/14/18 - (WR) - DEriq King, Jr, 5-11, 195 D'Eriq King threw for two touchdowns and ran for another and Houston's defense mostly stifled East Carolina in a 42-20 win on Saturday night. King threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to Courtney Lark, and then ran for an 8-yard touchdown and the Cougars (5-1, 2-0 Conference USA) led 14-0 before the midway mark of the first quarter. With 68 seconds before halftime, King threw a 6-yard touchdown to Romello Booker for a 21-3 lead. With five minutes left in the third, Ed Oliver sacked Reid Herring, forced a fumble and Emeke Egbule scooped it up and ran it five yards into the endzone for a 28-6 lead. East Carolina didn't reach the endzone until 5:15 left to play. The Cougars' defense held East Carolina to 41 yards rushing on 31 carries. Trevon Brown led East Carolina (2-4, 0-3) with 13 receptions for 153 yards and a touchdown. - AP College Football
10/11/18 - (DE) - Isaiah Chambers, Fr, 6-2, 170 DE Isaiah Chambers, Houston's team leader in sacks, announced on social media that he has an injury that will end his season. He suffered a knee injury in the Cougars' 41-26 victory over Tulsa on Oct. 4. Chambers posted a message on Instagram, which read: "My season sadly came to end due to Injury last week , @NFL I'm still coming for you Made a Promise to my mom I must fulfill , People go through way worse things then not playing football , I'm blessed .To Next year." The Houston football program has not commented on Chambers' status or on the specifics of the injury. Chambers had 4.5 sacks and six tackles for loss this season.
10/08/18 - (DT) - Ed Oliver, Jr, 6-2, 292 OCT 8 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Ed Oliver, Houston, Jr., DT,...Had a game-high 13 tackles with 1.5 tackles for loss in a 41-26 win against Tulsa. - American Athletic Conference Football
10/05/18 - (WR) - DEriq King, Jr, 5-11, 195 D'Eriq King threw for three touchdowns and ran for two scores, helping Houston beat Tulsa 41-26 on Thursday night. Houston, trailing 26-17 early in the fourth quarter, scored 17 points in 91 seconds - during a 24-0 spurt. Dalton Witherspoon kicked a go-ahead, 27-26, field goal with 7:51 to go and the Cougars led by 15 points seven plays later. Houst Emeke Egbule recovered a fumble, leading to Romello Brooker's 9-yard touchdown catch for a 34-26 lead. Tulsa's next offensive play ended in Deontay Anderson's interception and Marquez Stevenson scored on a 6-yard grab. King had 165 yards passing, with two interceptions, and 117 yards rushing for Houston (4-1, 1-0 American Athletic Conference). The Cougars, the nation's leader in total offense at 608.5 yards per game, turned it over three times and gained 477 total yards. Freshman Seth Boomer made his first start for Tulsa (1-4, 0-2), replacing four-game starter Luke Skipper. Boomer passed for 227 yards with one touchdown and one interception. - AP College Football
09/24/18 - (WR) - DEriq King, Jr, 5-11, 195 SEPT 17 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: D'Eriq King, Houston, Jr., QB,...Completed 30 of 51 passes for 431 yards and five touchdowns and added a rushing TD in a 63-49 loss at Texas Tech. - American Athletic Conference Football
09/24/18 - (WR) - DEriq King, Jr, 5-11, 195 SEPT 10 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: D'Eriq King, Houston, Jr., QB, Manvel, Texas,...King figured in six touchdowns (four passing, two rushing) in Houston's 45-18 win against Arizona. He was 17 of 34 for 246 yards and added 31 rushing yards on five carries, helping Houston race to a 38-0 lead on its way to the win. - American Athletic Conference Football
09/08/18 - (WR) - DEriq King, Jr, 5-11, 195 Houston quarterback D'Eriq King threw for four touchdowns and rushed for two more as the Cougars beat Arizona 45-18 on Saturday. King finished with 246 passing and 31 rushing yards while Houston improved to 2-0 on the season. King connected with Marquez Stevenson on a 24-yard TD pass, scored on a 1-yard run, then hit tight end Romello Brooker for a 52-yard score and a 21-0 Houston lead after one quarter. Arizona, playing uphill the rest of the game, never recovered. Houston scored two more times before halftime — on a 35-yard field goal from Dalton Witherspoon and on King's 13-yard pass to Bryson Smith for a 31-0 lead. "I thought our offensive staff and players did a great job today," Houston coach Major Applewhite said. "Getting out to a big lead was huge. It allowed us to get some other guys in the game." - AP College Football
09/04/18 - (DT) - Ed Oliver, Jr, 6-2, 292 SEPT 3 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK Ed Oliver, Houston, Jr., DT, Houston, Texas,...Oliver finished with a game-high 13 tackles, including 3.5 tackles for loss, with two quarterback hurries in Houston's 45-27 win against Rice. The 13 stops are the most by an American Athletic Conference player in Week 1. - American Athletic Conference Football
09/04/18 - (WR) - DEriq King, Jr, 5-11, 195 SEPT 3 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: D'Eriq King, Jr., Houston, QB,...Completed 17 of 24 passes for 320 yards and three touchdowns with one rushing TD in a 45-27 win at Rice. - American Athletic Conference Football
06/19/18 - (CB) - Nick Watkins, Sr, 6-0, 207 CB Nick Watkins officially transferred to the University of Houston on Tuesday, the school announced. Watkins started nine of 12 games for the Fighting Irish last season, recording 28 tackles, breaking up eight passes and making one interception.
06/19/18 - (RB) - Terence Williams, rSr, 6-1, 222 RB Terence Williams officially transferred to the University of Houston on Tuesday, the school announced. Williams was limited to eight games last season due to a shoulder injury and finished with only 255 yards rushing and one touchdown on 73 carries. However, the 6-foot-1, 220-pound Williams rumbled for 1,048 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2016, when current Houston offensive coordinator Kendal Briles served in the same capacity at Baylor.