Texans take defensive end Charles Omenihu in 5th round
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans selected defensive end Charles Omenihu in the fifth round Saturday with the 161st pick.
The previous time the Texans selected a defensive end in the draft...
Wide receiver Keke Coutee active for Texans against Colts
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston wide receiver Keke Coutee is active for the Texans for Saturday's wild-card game against the Indianapolis Colts after missing the last five games with a hamstring injury.
His return is a big boost to a Houston receiving group that has been hit hard by injuries, including season-ending injuries to Will Fuller and Demaryius Thomas.
Texans, Jets both down starting WRs for game
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The Texans and Jets will be without starting wide receivers, with Houston's Keke Coutee and New York's Quincy Enunwa inactive because of injuries.
Both Coutee (hamstring) and Enunwa (ankle) had been previously ruled out for the game Saturday.
Texans wide receiver Vyncint Smith is also inactive, as are running back D'Onta Foreman, cornerback Deante Burton, offensive tackle Roderick Johnson and defensive ends Carlos Watkins and Joel Heath.
Titans’ Mariota to start against Texans
HOUSTON (AP) — Tennessee quarterback Marcus Mariota will start on Monday against the Houston Texans despite missing practice after suffering a stinger last Sunday.
Mariota returned to practice late in the week after recovering from the injury that forced him to sit out of Tennessee's 38-10 loss to Indianapolis last Sunday.
Inactive for the Titans were WR Taywan Taylor, DB Dane Cruikshank, RB David Fluellen, RB Dalyn Dawkins, G Aaron Stinnie, T Tyler Marz and DL Matt Dickerson.
Houston RB Miller, WRs Fuller, Coutee active against Cowboys
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Texans running back Lamar Miller and receivers Will Fuller and Keke Coutee are all active against the Dallas Cowboys despite dealing with injuries.
Miller dealt with a chest injury this week and Fuller and Coutee had hamstring injuries. Cornerback Aaron Colvin and linebacker Brian Peters are out on Sunday night with ankle injuries.
Clemson football team throws giant tailgate party to watch Deshaun Watson, other former Tigers in NFL debut
CLEMSON — Some 72,000 fans bought tickets for the Carolina Panthers’ preseason matchup with the Houston Texans at Bank of America Stadium on Wednesday night — thousands of them filing through the streets of downtown Charlotte to catch a glimpse of football once again.
But the biggest tailgate might have been 135 miles to the south.
Deshaun Watson expected to see first NFL action Wednesday night
CHARLOTTE — At which point in the game it will happen is still an unknown, but by all accounts, Deshaun Watson should see his first NFL action tonight.
In Charlotte for a preseason matchup with the Panthers, Watson is expected to make his preseason debut with the Houston Texans, who traded up 13 spots in April's NFL Draft to snag the national championship-winning former Clemson quarterback with the No. 12 pick in the first round.
From quarterbacks to punters, five questions Clemson faces heading into fall camp
CLEMSON — For months it has been all about speculation and questions.
Thursday marks the beginning of some answers.
Nearly seven months after Clemson’s football team won its second national championship, fall camp officially kicks off this week as the country turns its eyes toward Death Valley to see how the Tigers respond after 2016.
NFL Draft Day 3: Slew of former Tigers hopeful to get the call
CLEMSON — As the NFL Draft turns to the third and final day featuring rounds four through seven, a slew of former Clemson football players are likely to hear their name called Saturday afternoon.
Wide receiver Mike Williams (Round 1, No. 7), quarterback Deshaun Watson (Round 1, No. 12) and cornerback Cordrea Tankersley (Round 3, No. 97) have already landed with the Los Angeles Chargers, Houston Texans and Miami Dolphins, respectively.
NFL Draft Day 2: Tankersley, Leggett and Watkins could go in Rounds 2-3
CLEMSON — Thursday night was Mike Williams' and Deshaun Watson's time in the spotlight. Friday night, a trio of Clemson players could be due up next.
With the second and third rounds of the 2017 NFL draft set for 7 p.m. Friday, analysts believe cornerback Cordrea Tankersley, tight end Jordan Leggett and defensive tackle Carlos Watkins could be the next set of Clemson players to hear their names called by one of the 32 professional teams.
On the beat: Seniors get national championship rings, Swinney gets big crowd he asked for
CLEMSON — Ben Boulware started to cry and put his face in his hands while Jadar Johnson comforted him.
Deshaun Watson whipped out his phone to snap a few photos.
Sapakoff: The sun rises and Brent Venables comes up with Clemson answers
CLEMSON - And now for Brent Venables’ next Clemson magic trick.
The wily defensive coordinator will …
Pull an All-Atlantic Coast Conference cornerback out of a hat.
Slice an opponent’s yards-per-carry average in two.
Poof! Turn a decent offense into a frog.
Back at work less than eight weeks removed from Clemson’s 35-31 victory over Alabama in the College Football Playoff national championship game, the 46-year-old father of four was a bit cranky Friday.
As nine Clemson players head to NFL combine, interview process will be equally important as on-field workouts
CLEMSON — Network television and evening highlight reels will show the 40-yard dash times and flashy plays on the field. But off of it, behind closed doors with just 15 minutes to prove themselves, nine Clemson players are poised for the biggest job interviews of their lives this week.
Nine Clemson players receive NFL Scouting Combine invitations
The official NFL Scouting Combine invitation list has been released and, as expected, is littered with Clemson players — nine to be exact.
Quarterback Deshaun Watson, wide receiver Mike Williams, linebacker Ben Boulware, running back Wayne Gallman, safety Jadar Johnson, tight end Jordan Leggett, wide receiver Artavis Scott, cornerback Cordrea Tankersley and defensive tackle Carlos Watkins all got the nod.
No Clemson players on AP All-America first team
Deshaun Watson finished second again, and Clemson – No. 2 in the College Football Playoff rankings – did not place a single player on the 2016 Associated Press All-America first team announced Monday.
Watson, the Tigers’ quarterback who finished second in Heisman Trophy voting to Louisville’s Lamar Jackson last week, is the second-team quarterback with Jackson taking first-team honors.
Silver Bluff product and current Clemson defensive back Cordrea Tankersley was one of eight Tigers to be named first-team All-ACC by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association on Monday.
Eighteen Clemson players were honored on one of the three teams or the honorable mention team. The nine first team selections are the most for the program since 1991 when Clemson also had nine. The record is 10 set by the 1978 team that finished with an 11-1 record and a No. 6 final ranking in both polls.
On the Beat: Nine Clemson players make all-ACC, but not some stars
CLEMSON — A conference-high nine Clemson players were awarded first-team all-ACC accolades from voting media Monday, and yet some of the more accomplished Tigers settled for second- or third-team honors.
For the first time in school history, three offensive linemen represent Clemson on the top squad. Center Jay Guillermo and right guard Tyrone Crowder each topped the voting at their respective positions, and left tackle Mitch Hyatt is also a first-teamer.