According to the Houston Chronicle, cornerback Phillip Gaines and linebacker Cameron Nwosu will not play in the opener this Saturday against A&M for very different reasons.
Gaines was slapped with a one-game suspension for, of course, violating unspecified team rules. Nwosu, on the other hand, will miss the game due to a knee injury incurred during summer camp.
The loss of Gaines is particularly significant. Named the Conference USA Preseason Defensive Player of the Year, Gaines is coming off a season in which finished second nationally in pass breakups (18).
Nwosu, a senior, has started the past 25 games at linebacker for the Owls. He finished second on the team last season with 92 tackles.