Saturday, July 23, 2016

Haywood sets out to revive Texas Southern

HOUSTON, Texas -- Texas Southern is hoping Michael Haywood can duplicate the turnaround that he orchestrated at his previous head coaching stop.

In his only other head coaching stint at Miami (Ohio), Haywood followed up a 1-11 2009 campaign with a 9-4 record and the Mid-American Conference championship in 2010.

Introduced as Texas Southern's new coach in December, the Houston native and former Notre Dame cornerback takes over a program coming off of academic sanctions.

Six starters return from an offense which rated fifth in the SWAC in scoring (25.6 points per game), seventh in rushing (137.6 yards per game), eighth in passing (179 ypg) and ninth in total offense (316.6 ypg).

Quarterback Averion Hurts is coming off of a solid freshman season after completing 74-of-139 passes for 991 yards and 14 touchdowns with only three interceptions. Hurts, who shared the position with senior Johnathan Bowen, was also the team's third-leading rusher with 81 carries for 195 yards and three scores in nine games.


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