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Spring football will show roster’s true depth


Senior quarterback Greg Ward Jr. will highlight the group of returners that helps buoy the Cougars’ roster. | File photo/The Cougar

After an impressive season in his first year head coach, Tom Herman and the Cougars will look to build on last year’s success this spring.

The Cougars have some key departures, including junior wide receiver Demarcus Ayers and senior cornerback William Jackson III, who are most likely headed to the NFL.

The 2016 recruiting class will play just as well as these departures. According to ESPN, the incoming recruiting class is ranked 30th, but at one point, that figure rose to 25th in the nation.

Five-star recruit Ed Oliver from Westfield High School is the stand-out recruit for the Cougars. UH was also able to sign three four-star recruits.

Starting this spring and going into next fall, the Cougars have holes they will look to fill on both sides of the ball, especially offensive tackle and wide receiver.

Fortunately, the Cougars were able to land four-star recruit junior offensive tackle Na’Ty Rodgers, who will transfer from Iowa Western Community College.

The Cougars’ biggest concern is their wide receivers. UH will look to senior wide receiver Chance Allen to become the  leading receiver.

Incoming freshman Courtney Lark will also look to make an early impression on the wide receiver corps. According to ESPN, Lark is a four-star prospect and comes to the Cougars from Bellaire High School.

The Cougars start spring training in the next few weeks. Fans can get their first look at the Cougars at the annual Red and White game Apr. 16 at TDECU Stadium.

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