Louisiana quarterback Zeon Chriss completed his transfer Wednesday morning.
The former Ragin’ Cajun quarterback announced his 2024 destination to Houston, where he’ll play under the Cougars’ recently hired head coach Willie Fritz.
Chriss saw eight games of action in 2023 and earned six starts in a redshirt freshman campaign. He completed 66.7 percent of passes for 1,222 yards, exhibiting a touchdown-to-interception ratio of 11-to-5. The Baton Rouge native exuded impressive dual-threat abilities, picking up 492 yards and six touchdowns as a rusher on 6.7 yards per carry. Chriss’ promising season came to a premature conclusion on Nov. 4 against Arkansas State when he suffered a broken fibula injury.
He joins a Houston quarterback room headlined by Donovan Smith, who started all 12 games for the Cougars in 2023, completing 64.5 percent of passes for 2,801 yards, 22 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions. Additionally, he rushed for 428 yards and six touchdowns in his first full collegiate season holding starter’s duties. Although Smith likely retains the role due to his incumbent status, Chriss will challenge for the spot under the new coaching staff during spring football and fall camp.
Without Chriss, Louisiana’s quarterback room still consists of two players with vast starting experience. One is Ben Wooldridge, who was the original 2023 starter before suffering a season-ending lower body injury in Week 3 — in just his third game after returning from a 2022 ACL injury. Wooldridge, a fifth-year senior this fall, still retains eligibility for next season due to a medical redshirt. Additionally, Chandler Fields remains part of the Ragin’ Cajuns roster. Fields started the final four games of 2023 including the New Orleans Bowl, and also concluded 2022 as the starter due to Wooldridge’s ACL tear.