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Starting defensive lineman leaving Houston

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Just ahead of National Signing Day and adding fresh personnel to the football program, Houston has found itself losing a veteran member of its defensive line.

According to the Houston Chronicle, defensive lineman Zeke Riser has decided to transfer from the Cougars.  While no transfer destination was given — the Texas Longhorns are a rumored destination, however — Riser indicated that he would be heading to a program that’s closer to family.

“190 miles or 70? Think about it… #FamilyOverEverything,” the player tweeted Saturday afternoon.

Riser graduated from UH in December, meaning he would be eligible to play immediately at an FBS school if he enters a grad program not offered at his former university.

As a true freshman in 2009, Riser started all 14 games for the Cougars.  A knee injury sidelined him from all of the 2010 season, but he came back to start 13 games the past two seasons.  Nine of those starts came in 2012 as a redshirt junior.

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2 Responses to “Starting defensive lineman leaving Houston”
  1. v2the4 says: Feb 4, 2013 1:45 PM

    whatever Riser…UH fired their defensive line coach, so it possible he was going to fall out of favor with the new staff….but, he is from LaVernia Tx, which is a small town just east of San Antonio….Houston is only 200 miles away, so unless he is transferring to UTSA or Texas St to be “closer to his family”, he is leaving based on the fact that he has graduated and can by rules transfer to any FBS school and be eligible immediately.

  2. ancientcougar says: Feb 4, 2013 3:25 PM

    Good luck to this young man. The fact that he is being considered a TU prospect is quite a compliment to the UH program. I hope he picks a good Post Graduate course that will translate into a great carreer choice.

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