Wednesday, August 1, 2001 Volume 66, Issue 158


Cougars earn early recognition

Cougar Sports Services

The 2001 football season is around the corner and Conference USA is gearing up. As the teams prepare for practice, the coaches sent in their votes for the 2001 C-USA All-Conference squad.

Among those players chosen from the 10 teams in the league, two are members of the 2001 Cougar roster.

Defensive back Hanik Milligan made the Preseason Defense First-Team after starting all 11 games of his sophomore year, his first season with UH.

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Junior wide receiver Brian Robertson is one of two Cougars to be placed on the 2001 C-USA All-Conference squad. Junior defensive back Hanik Milligan was also selected.

Milligan led the Cougars last year with five interceptions and is the top returning player in tackles with 86 (62 unassisted). The 6-3 junior stopped a career-high 12 in the Cougars'
17-15 win at Robertson Stadium against Southern Methodist on Sept. 30.

Milligan is one of four returning starters for the UH defensive secondary.

The second Cougar to receive the Preseason First-Team Offense honor is wide receiver Brian Robinson.

Robinson was named Second-Team All-Conference at the end of the 2000 season with 80 catches after stepping in for the injured Orlando Iglesias, starting in eight of 11 contests.

The 6-4 junior snagged 15 catches in a 31-30 home win on Sept. 16 over Army. The feat was the best by a UH receiver in eight years.

Robinson finished fifth in the nation with 7.18 receptions per game and, with junior KeyKowa Bell, is part of the No. 2 receiving tandem in the nation.

The C-USA head coaches picked Louisville to defend its conference title this season, with East Carolina pulling a close second. Louisville is led by returning 2000 C-USA Offensive
Player of the Year Dave Ragone, the Cardinals' junior quarterback.

UH was voted to finish 2001 in ninth place after closing the 2000 season 3-8 under the reigns of then-first-year head coach Dana Dimel.

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