Houston's top returning receiver academically ineligible
[dropcap]L[/dropcap]ast month Houston’s top returning rusher announced that he would not return for his senior season, and now the Cougars have lost more offensive firepower.
Dewayne Peace, Houston’s leading wide receiver last season, is academically ineligible and no longer with team, according to a Houston Chronicle report.
Peace led the Cougars with 54 receptions for 602 yards and two touchdowns last season, despite missing three games while suspended for a violation of team rules.
But you have to wonder how much the coaching staff was counting on the senior from Grand Prairie, Texas. Peace worked with the second-team during spring practice and was not expected to start this fall.
Deontay Greenberry, Larry McDuffey, Xavier Maxwell and Daniel Spencer are Houston’s projected starting receivers. Junior college transfer Markeith Ambles, a former five-star recruit who signed with Southern Cal out of high school, is also expected to contribute.
The school announced on May 22 that senior running back Charles Sims was “weighing future options in relation to his football career” and would no longer part of the team.
Sims missed three games last season with ankle and leg injuries, but led the team with 851 rushing yards on 142 attempts and scored 11 touchdowns. He also caught 37 passes for 373 yards and three touchdowns and was a second team All-Conference USA selection in 2012.
In three seasons at Houston, Sims rushed 384 times for 2,370 yards (6.2 yards per carry) and 29 touchdowns. He caught 158 passes for 1,707 yards and eight scores.
Houston announced on Tuesday that former Boise State starting safety Lee Hightower has officially enrolled.
Hightower was suspended for the last five games of 2012 and then suspended from school in February. We reported last month that he planned to transfer to Houston.
A rising junior, Hightower will have to sit out the 2013 season, but will have two years of eligibility remaining.
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