Cougars Will Wear 'Houston' on Jersey Nameplates for Home Opener

Andrew GouldFeatured ColumnistSeptember 14, 2017

TUCSON, AZ - SEPTEMBER 09:  Wide receiver Linell Bonner #15 of the Houston Cougars celebrates with Duke Catalon #2 and Keith Corbin #18 after scoring a five yard touchdown against the Arizona Wildcats in the first half at Arizona Stadium on September 9, 2
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The University of Houston players will all wear "Houston" nameplates on the backs of their jerseys during Saturday's home opener against Rice.

According to the Houston Chronicle's Joseph Duarte, the gesture will serve as a tribute to those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Cougars safety Garrett Davis said the players found out about the uniform change on Tuesday.

"It's pretty cool," Davis told Duarte. "It will keep the motto of playing for the city. It won't necessarily be a game about us."

Per Duarte, Davis also expressed excitement to represent Houston on the gridiron: "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 scheduled season opener, set for Sept. 2 against UTSA at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, was canceled. The team defeated Arizona 19-16 on the road last time out.