Monday, November 16, 2015

Will Houston QB Greg Ward play against UConn? Too early to tell

Houston coach Tom Herman was asked about the comeback win over Memphis and incredible home-field atmosphere on the weekly American Athletic Conference call. Then came the questions about dynamic quarterback Greg Ward Jr. and his availability for Saturday's game at UConn.

Ward has completed 69 percent of his passes for 2,176 yards with 13 touchdowns and four interceptions while rushing for 810 yards and 16 TDs. However, Ward was knocked out of the Memphis game with an ankle injury and he is questionable for this week's contest.

"I think we will know more after a full day of treatment, we give our kids a day off on Monday with any physical activities," Herman said. "Today, other than going to class, his job is to go and get treatment on his ankle. We'll know a lot more going into practice tomorrow. I doubt he'll 100 percent but how effective can he be with his feet, it will probably be a game-time decision because you want him to be effective with it because that is such a big part of his game and what allows him to be
successful. We have to make sure is 90 percent good enough? Is 80 percent good enough? We have a whole week, we have a great training staff so hopefully we will know a lot more by the end of the week.

Kyle Postma, who was recruited as a quarterback but moved to receiver shortly before the season opener, came in and helped the Cougars rally from a 20-point fourth-quarter deficit to remain undefeated with a 35-34 victory.

Postma was 21 of 33 passing for 236 yards and a touchdown and ran for 49 yards and the 7-yard TD to put the Cougars up 35-34 with 1:27 to play.

"Kyle had a couple months of preparation at the quarterback position," Herman said. "First month of the season he was playing wide receiver. He has done a great job. He played most of camp at quarterback and we were so thin at wideout at least from not necessarily a numbers but from a
productivity we were not improving at receiving at the rate we needed to. Literally the week before the Tennessee Tech game, I should have made the decision a lot sooner, but we said Kyle go play wideout. He went out and had (four catches for 82 yards and a TD)."

I've also been seeing reports out of Houston that star cornerback William Jackson, who Herman believes could be a first or second-round pick in the NFL draft, is expected to play on Saturday after missing the Memphis game with a knee issue.


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