With the spring 2020 roster posted on Wednesday, GoCoogs dives in to look at the additions, subtractions, and changes from last year.
To date, the spring 2020 roster includes 93 players including 11 that have transferred from FBS schools, 19 from FCS/JUCO, and 63 that came to UH directly from high school.
Midterm enrollees and others not on the 2019 roster.
Sofian Massoud (Cy Lakes HS): Accounted for 42 TDs (23 passing, 19 rushing) at Cy Lakes last season. As a junior in the Bronx, he accounted for 31 TDs (24 passing, 7 rushing). One of two scholarship QBs on the roster.
Sedrick Williams (Kilgore College): MVP of the Southwest Junior College Football Conference. Dominant sophomore season as he recorded 48 tackles, 7 sacks, 18 QB hurries, and four passes broken up.
Nathaniel Dell (Independence CC): Daytona Beach-Independence, Kansas-Houston. Had 52 catches, 8 TDs last year. Nickname is Tank. Will immediately make the Coogs faster at WR. “He can really fly,” Dana Holgorsen says. Works out with Falcons WR Calvin Ridley. Recruited by Carrier and has 3 years to play.
Malik Robinson (Fort Scott CC): Inside linebacker at Fort Scott. Was at UNC before that. His HS offer list included 4 SEC schools and 6 ACC schools. Goes sideline to sideline and really focuses on getting to the ball. Georgia native out of South Gwinnett HS.
Laine Wilkins (ProKick Australia): Left-footed punter that will bring a new look this year. He trained at the same place (ProKick) that Dane Roy had previously. ProKick has produced 5 of the last 7 Ray Guy winners (Roy was a finalist last year).
JoVanni Stewart (West Virginia): Grad transfer; a bright guy that was offered by all three service academies out of Katy HS. Made 15-straight starts before deciding to redshirt in 2019. In those 15 starts: 68 tackles, 11.5 TFL, 4 sacks, 4 QB hurries, 2 passes broken up. Kyle Porter is his best friend and was instrumental in getting Stewart to Houston.
Jordan Cooper (Langston University): Starting QB at Langston last year (not Langstown as UHCougars has it). Threw for 300 yards in his final game at Langston. Langston is Oklahoma’s only HBCU and won their 3rd-straight Sooner Athletic Conference title. Originally signed with Navy (had offers from AF and Army, too). Will play WR at UH. Walk-on.
Jaylen Davis (Episcopal HS): Played RB at Episcopal. Committed to UH last February but waited to join the program until the spring. Walk-on.
Jayce Rogers (Northwest Mississippi CC): Signed with WVU out of Valdosta HS in Georgia. Doug Belk recruited him both times. Smallish for a corner but has good speed. 67 tackles, 6.5 TFL, and 15 passes broken up in two seasons at Northwest.
James Faminu (London Academy/England): Bit of a project from England. Massive frame and good footwork according to UH OL coach Brandon Jones. Played rugby before concentrating on football for the last couple of years.
Brennan Williams (College of the Canyons): Had 31 tackles and 2 INT in two seasons in Santa Clarita. From Baton Rouge. Walk-on.
Benil Johnson (Texas A&M-Commerce): On the roster at A&M-Commerce but did not see any playing time. Went to St. Pius. Has three years. Walk-on.
Removed From Roster
Players no longer on the roster that were not seniors in 2019.
QB D’Eriq King – Transfer portal and now Miami
WR Henry Thomas – Transfer portal
WR Bryson Jackson – Heading to JUCO
WR Osby Mitchell – Walk-on going to TSU
WR Quavon Beckford – Walk-on that could be back on the roster
DL Isaiah Chambers – Transfer portal
LB Melvin Larkins – Walk-on destination unknown
CB Johnathan Phenix – Transfer portal
CB Torrey Richardson – Walk-on now in the transfer portal
DL Noah Jones – Transfer portal?
From last year’s roster to spring 2020
Grant Stuard from S to LB
Ronald Nunnery from S to LB
Amaud Willis-Daulton from S to Nickel
Jordan Moore from S to Nickel
Dekalen Goodson from LB to TE
Brody Anderson from CB to S
Spencer Wells from TE to LS
Kelvin Clemmons from S to CB
Changes in Eligibility
Previously unconfirmed redshirts, et al.
CB Colin Samuel – 2019 grad transfer. Did not play and working to get a medshirt 6th year.
DL Willie Smith – sophomore not junior after playing 4 games in 2019.
DL Atlias Bell – junior not senior after playing in 3 games in 2019.
LB Elijah Gooden – junior not senior after playing only in the opener. Could be a potential medshirt.
LB Jordan Carmouche – junior not senior after playing in first two games.
The roster lists only four redshirt-seniors but there are at least 8 additional seniors that have used their redshirt (Dalton Witherspoon, Deontay Anderson, Marquez Stevenson, Chandler Smith, Kyle Porter, Bryce Washington, Gio Pancotti, and Keenan Murphy).
Thanks to GoCoogs member Kerry Davidson for his help in accumulating some of the material.