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#2 Chris Houston
Position: CB
Other Position: CB
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 188
Year: Junior
Hometown: Austin, Texas
High School: LBJ HS
Experience: 2 Letters
#2 Chris Houston
Courtesy: Razorback Media Relations
Release: 09/01/2005


CB, 5-11, 188, JR-2L

Austin, Texas



OUTLOOK: He is Arkansas’ best cover cornerback and appears primed for an all-star campaign in his junior season. He started the final nine games of the 2005 campaign at right corner after Darius Vinnett was sidelined with an injury. He made the most of his opportunity earning 20 tackles and breaking up a team-high eight passes. He also was a key component of Arkansas’ outstanding special teams’ units. He is atop the pre-season depth chart at right cornerback heading into the 2006 campaign.


2005: One of Arkansas’ most dependable cornerbacks, he played in all 11 games starting the final nine contests at right cornerback. He took over the starting job when Vinnett was lost for the season with knee tendonitis. He garnered 20 tackles and tied for the team-lead with eight pass break-ups. He made one tackle for loss (-2) and forced a fumble. He also came up big on UA special teams earning four tackles as a gunner on the Razorbacks’ punt coverage squad. Thanks in large part to his efforts, Arkansas finished seventh in the nation in net punting. He also was a member of the Hogs’ punt return unit. He recorded three assists in the season-opener with Missouri State. He registered two solo tackles and broke up two passes against Vanderbilt. He earned his first start of the season and broke up one pass against No. 1 Southern California. He turned in one of his best games as a Razorback with four solo tackles and his fourth pass break-up of the season at Alabama. His four-tackle effort was a season high. He tallied his first TFL (-2) of the season in a win over Louisiana-Monroe in Little Rock. He made a total of three tackles against the Indians. He racked up two solo stops against Auburn, but did not net a tackle at Georgia. He made one tackle and broke up one pass against South Carolina. He accounted for two solo tackles and forced a fumble on the Rebels’ final offensive drive in the Hogs’ 28-17 win at Ole Miss. Against Mississippi State, he made three tackles, including two solo stops, and broke up two passes. He failed to make a tackle for only the second time all season at No. 3 LSU. He did garner one pass break-up against the Tigers.


2004: He appeared in eight of the Hogs’ 11 games earning a start in the final four contests (South Carolina, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and LSU) at field cornerback. He did not play against Alabama or Florida while nursing a sprained ankle. He was available, but did not play against No. 4 Auburn. He garnered 21 tackles, including 16 solo stops. He tallied 2.5 tackles for loss (-2) and one pass deflection. He also was a regular on special teams including serving as a gunner on the punt coverage team. He earned four tackles and scored a touchdown on a blocked punt in special teams’ action. -- He tallied a solo tackle and a pass broken up in the Razorbacks’ 63-13 win over New Mexico State. He also picked up a blocked punt and returned it a yard for a touchdown in the second quarter. He garnered three solo tackles, including a tackle for loss (-1) against No. 7 Texas. He racked up four tackles (two solo, two assisted) in the Hogs’ 49-20 win over Louisiana-Monroe. He did not play against Alabama or Florida while nursing a sprained ankle. He did not play for the third-consecutive game when the Hogs’ traveled to No. 4 Auburn. He returned to action against No. 6 Georgia. He responded by turning in six tackles, including a career-high five solo stops against the Bulldogs. He made one solo tackle in his first collegiate start at South Carolina. He started at field cornerback against the Gamecocks. In his second consecutive start, he earned one solo tackle in the Hogs’ 35-3 win over Ole Miss. He tallied three tackles, including one tackle for loss (-1), in the Hogs’ road win at Mississippi State. He made two tackles in the Hogs’ season finale against No. 12 LSU. He was credited with a half-tackle for loss against the Tigers.


2003: He spent his redshirt freshman season working on the UA scout team defense.


HIGH SCHOOL CAREER: He played running back and cornerback in high school. Rivals.com ranked him as the nation’s No. 32 cornerback, the No. 89 player overall in the Midlands Top 100 and the No. 66 player in the Texas Top 100. TheInsiders.com ranked him as the No. 68 cornerback in the nation, the No. 79 prospect in the state of Texas and the No. 111 cornerback in the nation.  He rushed for 426 yards and six touchdowns before moving exclusively to cornerback in his senior season. He also played guard on the prep basketball squad. He was also recruited by LSU, Oklahoma, Georgia Tech, Arizona, Houston and Kansas State. He was Lonestar Recruiting’s No. 69 player in Texas. He was listed in Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Top 300. He was a member of the PrepStar All-Region IV Team.


PERSONAL: Born Oct. 18, 1984, he is the son of Barbara and Larry Houston. He was a member of the 2004-05 Lon Farrell Academic Honor Roll. He is enrolled in the College of Education and Health Professions and is majoring in recreation with an emphasis on community sports.

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