FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Junior cornerback Chris Houston will enter his name into the pool of eligible players for the 2007 National Football League draft according to Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt. Houston will forgo his final collegiate season following an All-Southeastern Conference campaign for the Hogs in 2006.
“Chris Houston has decided to forgo his senior season and put his name in for the NFL draft,” Nutt said. “I know playing in the NFL has always been a dream for Chris. We were hopeful that he would play one more year in a Razorback uniform before that happened, but he and his family have decided now is the time to make that jump. Anytime you recruit talented players, you are aware that this day might come. We wish Chris the best and appreciate all of his contributions to the Razorbacks.”
Houston was named as an honorable mention All-America cornerback this season by Pro Football Weekly. The Austin, Texas, product spent most of the season dueling with some of the top receivers in college football. He held Southern California’s Dwayne Jarrett to a season-low performance and also held Tennessee’s Robert Meachem and Vanderbilt’s Earl Bennett to well under their season averages. Houston finished the season with 45 tackles, a team-high three interceptions and 13 pass break ups. He also forced a pair of fumbles on the season.
Houston and junior defensive end Jamaal Anderson have both announced that they will enter this spring’s NFL Draft. The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the draft is Jan. 15.