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UH June Roundup: Ward to Manning camp, preseason honors and kickoff times

Greg Ward joins the Manning Passing Academy, Athlon loads its preseason All-AAC teams with Cougars and we know what time the parties start on Thursday nights

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The calendar says it’s mid-June and that means it’s time to do some housekeeping.

In the college football world, it’s as if we own a little cabin that has been sitting empty and neglected for a couple months. Every so often, the caretaker stops by to clear away the cobwebs and sweep up the dust.

Though the time drags day to day, we are just one month away from conference media days and about six weeks from the first fall practices. It’s time to start getting the house in order ...


Fourteen UH Cougars were named to the four All-AAC teams this week by Athlon Magazine.

No surprise here: Greg Ward, Jr. is the First-Team quarterback. Joining him on the First Team are defensive tackle B.J. Singleton, linebacker Steven Taylor and kick returner Brandon Wilson.

Second Team

RB Duke Catalon

WR Chance Allen

C Will Noble — Noble was also named to the Rimington watch list

CB Brandon Wilson

Third Team

WR Ra-Shaad Samples

OL Na’Ty Rodgers

DL Cameron Malveaux — Malveaux was named to the Lott Impact Trophy watch list

Fourth Team

DL Ed Oliver

LB Tyus Bowser

PR Ra’Shaad Samples

You might be scratching your head about a couple of those honors, but not to worry, Athlon has you covered. Catalon has not taken a snap for UH and 5-star recruit Oliver is not even on campus, so it might seem a little dubious that they "made" the All-AAC teams — even the Second and Fourth, respectively.

Athlon stated that the players were selected based on how they are predicted to perform in 2016, not necessarily how they performed in 2015 (if they did).


Now we can finally say Greg Ward, Jr. has arrived.

Sure, last year he broke 14 records at UH. He won the Earl Campbell Award for the best college football player in Texas. He won the American Championship MVP and the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Offensive MVP.

He was also a Maxwell Award finalist and a Manning Award finalist.

But now he has reached the QB mountaintop: this week, he received an invitation to be a staff member at the Manning Passing Academy at Nicholls State University in Thibodeaux, Louisiana, possibly the one place sweatier than Houston in late June.


Kickoff times for the home opener versus Lamar and UH’s three Thursday night games have been announced: