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Volume 68, Issue 143, Wednesday, May 28, 2003 


QB Nealy runs away from UH

KJM Singleton

The Daily Cougar

Nine lives. Somewhere else. 

Reliable sources told The Daily Cougar on Tuesday that Barrick Nealyis No. 9 jersey, right arm and scrambling ability that causes eggs to clamor for cover, may be leaving UH as he was granted his release from obligations to the football program. 

Sophomore quarterback Barrick Nealy will have plenty of time to sit down and reflect on his brief, but brilliant UH football career. Nealy is expected to leave the campus and the UH football program.

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While Nealyis next move is uncertain, he may still return to the program. He could not be reached for comment. 

Before a season-ending injury against the Texas Longhorns, the redshirt sophomore teased the Cougar faithful with talent that, at times, touched the heavens. In his first collegiate action against the Rice Owls, Nealy completed 11-of-15 passes for 161 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 99 yards and another score. Buoyed by his efforts, the Cougars feasted on the Owls 24-10 and snapped a 15-game losing streak. Nealy led the Cougars to a 2-2 mark before the injury.

He finished the season with a 53.6 completion percentage; three touchdown passes and averaged 135.5 yards per game through the air. Opponents found themselves caught in the danger zone whenever Nealy decided to tuck the ball and run. He averaged 5.3 yards per carry and completed the year with 190 yards on the ground.

Although still in the process of rehabilitating his knee, Nealy was expected to compete for the starting QB spot with senior Nick Eddy. New head coach Art Briles appeared high on Nealy, looking to utilize Nealyis running talent in his wide-open offense.

Brilesi son, Kendal, a two-time Texas 4A Offensive Player of the Year and former first-team all-state quarterback, announced his intentions to transfer to UH from Texas recently. He has to redshirt the 2003 season per NCAA transfer rules.

With Nealy apparently off the depth chart, the quarterback position looks to have a definite leader. Barring injury or another unforeseen calamity, Eddy is the starter with Blade Bassler, Matt Stanley and true freshman Kevin Kolb all in the mix for the No. 2 spot.

A highly touted recruit from Dallas, Nealy shunned offers from contemporary football powers Iowa, Iowa State and Washington State to don the scarlet and white. He also joined the basketball team for a brief stint during the 2001 season.

Without Nealy in its future plans, UH hopes it is not out of its nine lives.

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