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Wednesday, September 27, 2023

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Greenberry catches eye of Biletnikoff Award staff


True freshman Deontay Greenberry catches his first collegiate touchdown pass in traffic defenders against Louisiana Tech. | Hendrick Rosemond/ The Daily Cougar

Deontay Greenberry catches his first collegiate touchdown pass in traffic defenders against Louisiana Tech. | Hendrick Rosemond/ The Daily Cougar

Sophomore receiver Deontay Greenberry, one of the Cougars’ top targets last season, has been named to the watch list for the Fred Biletnikoff Award, which annually honors the nation’s top receiver.

Greenberry, who hauled in 47 catches for 569 yards, is the Cougars’ leading returning receiver. He trailed sophomore receiver Larry McDuffey at four touchdown catches.

Named to the Conference USA All-Freshman team, Greenberry led the league’s freshmen with his 47 receptions and 569 yards and trailed only teammate Larry McDuffey for the league lead for receiving touchdowns by a freshman.

Greenberry is the third Cougar to make a national award preseason watch list for the upcoming season, joining center Bryce Redman with the Rimington Trophy and punter Richie Leone with the Ray Guy Award.

Tennis player finds professional success

UH tennis signee Maria Andrea Cardenas reached the quarterfinal round in doubles play at the GDF Suez Biarritz Open in Biarritz, France.

“The $100k ITF level is the tennis equivalent of AAA baseball with the next step being the major leagues, so for Maria to win a main draw match at this level is an outstanding accomplishment,” said head coach Patrick Sullivan. “This was a draw that included several women I watched compete at the French Open just weeks ago, so for Maria to hold her own should give her a lot of confidence heading into the upcoming season. I’m very proud of her and excited to begin coaching her in August.”

Cardenas and her partner posted a straight-sets victory over a French duo to advance to the quarterfinal round. Cardenas played in singles, too. Unfortunately for her, she dropped a tight 6-4, 7-6 match to her opponent.

Cardenas will put on Cougar red this upcoming season after transferring from Auburn. She had a 20-8 record as a freshman.

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