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Volume 69, Issue 138, Wednesday, April 28, 2004


Cougars' Middleton lassoed by Cowboys

Cougar Sports Services

It's never a good thing when Dallas gains from a Houston loss. But there are some exceptions.

Former UH standout Brandon Middleton was signed by the Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday. 

The 5-11, 185 pound wide receiver had 55 catches for 1,250 yards and 14 touchdowns, including 22.73 yards per catch during 2003, his senior year at UH. Middleton is one of the 12 undrafted free agents signed by the Cowboys to participate in this weekend's mini-camp, the team's official Web site reported.

Middleton joins former UH center Rex Hadnot as the only Cougars to trade in their UH jerseys for some NFL gear this offseason.

The Miami Dolphins picked Hadnot in the sixth round of the 2004 NFL Draft on Sunday.

While Hadnot vies for a spot on the Dolphins' weak offensive line, another 

former Cougar will try to show he's fully recovered from an injury that sidelined him his entire rookie season.

In 2003, the San Diego Chargers chose former UH safety Hanik Milligan in the sixth round of the 2003 NFL Draft.

After the bruising defender signed a four-year deal with the Chargers, Milligan suffered a torn pectoral muscle during the 2003 preseason.

Quarterback Kevin Kolb will now have to find a new favorite target for next season, after Middleton helped the freshman set fire to the UH offensive attack. 

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