Cougars to honor city of Houston with special nameplates

Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver (10) in the first half during an NCAA college football game against Arizona, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Houston will host Rice on Saturday night in its first home game of the season. It’s also the first game at TDECU Stadium since Hurricane Harvey devastated the city with historic flooding.

The Cougars have a special tribute to their city planned.

According to the Houston Chronicle, every UH player will have “Houston” on the nameplate on the back of their jerseys to honor the city. The team found out about the idea on Tuesday.

“It’s pretty cool,” safety Garrett Davis told the Chronicle. “It will keep the motto of the playing for the city. It won’t necessarily be a game about us. We’ll be able to go out and fight for the city, fight for the people whose houses were damaged and aren’t able to do the things we are able to do.”

Houston’s opener at UTSA was cancelled because of Hurricane Harvey. The Cougars took the field for the first time under new coach Major Applewhite on Saturday and emerged with a 19-16 road win over Arizona.

The game will also be the first back in the city for Rice, which is also located in Houston about a 15-minute drive from UH’s campus. Rice opened up the season in Australia against Rice before beating UTEP on the road last weekend.

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