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Training Camp: Roughnecks roster preview

Houston Roughnecks CB Saivion Smith

This weekend, the Houston Roughnecks return to TDECU Stadium on the University of Houston campus for the start of Training Camp.

For the next three weeks, the team will be preparing for the 2020 season, which kicks off on Feb. 8 against the Los Angeles Wildcats.

Here’s what the Roughnecks roster looks like heading into Training Camp.

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Quarterbacks: PJ Walker (Temple), Connor Cook (Michigan State)

Running Backs: Nick Holley (Kent State), Akrum Wadley (Iowa), Marquez Williams (RB)

Wide Receivers: Kahlil Lewis (Cincinnati), Joe Horn, Jr. (Missouri Western), Sam Mobley (Catawba), Tim Wilson (East Stroudsburg), Jalen Saunders (Oklahoma), Sammie Coates (Auburn), Raymond Bolden (Stony Brook), Ryheem Malone (Louisiana-Lafayette), Cam Phillips (Virginia Tech), Deontez Alexander (Franklin College), Blake Jackson (Mary Hardin-Baylor), Hunter Sharp (Utah State)

Offensive Line: Demetrius Rhaney (Tennessee State), Ryan Anderson (Wake Forest), Marquez Tucker (Southern Utah), Isame Faciane (Florida International), Tejan Koroma (Brigham Young), Sebastian Tretola (Arkansas), Kamalie Matthews (Murray State), Tayo Fabuluje (Texas Christian), Gerhard de Beer (Arizona), Avery Gennesy (Texas A&M), Avery Jordan (New Mexico), Nick Callender (Colorado State), Kevin Palmer (Baylor), Terry Poole (San Diego State)


Defensive Line: Trenton Thompson (Georgia), Caushaud Lyons (Tusculum), Handsome Tanielu (Brigham Young), Walter Palmore (Missouri), Gabe Wright (Auburn)

Linebackers: Taylor Reed (Southern Methodist), Johnny Maxey (Mars Hill), Corey Crawford (Clemson), Kony Ealy (Missouri)

Cornerbacks: Robert Nelson (Arizona State), Saivion Smith (Alabama), Deji Olatoye (North Carolina A&T), Deatrick Nichols (South Florida), David Simmons (North Park), Jeremiah Johnson (Concord)

Safeties: Marqueston Huff (Wyoming), Trae Elston (Mississippi), Fred Payne (Western Carolina), Ed Reynolds (Stanford), Cody Brown (Arkansas State)

Special Teams

Kicker: Sergio Castillo (West Texas A&M)

Punter: Austin Rehkow (Idaho)

Long Snapper: Colton Taylor (Virginia Tech)

Houston is Home

Ryheem Malone, and Blake Jackson both grew up right here in the H - as did Avery Jordan alongside his brother, Brooklyn Nets star DeAndre Jordan. Taylor Reed, a Beaumont native, is also no stranger to the Houston area. 

Sammie Coates and Drew Lewis both played for the Houston Texans. Connor Cook and Deontez Alexander both played against the Texans.

PJ Walker's Temple Owls took on the UH Cougars at TDECU in the 2015 American Athletic Championship. He recalls the stadium being "one of the loudest" he'd played in.

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Don’t forget to RSVP for our Open Practice where we’ll be going head to head with the Tampa Bay Vipers!