Houston already has unexpectedly lost its leading returning rusher for the 2013 season, and the Cougars reportedly will be without their leading receiver with eligibility remaining as well.
According to the Houston Chronicle and ESPN.com, wide receiver Dewayne Peace is no longer with the football team. Peace led the Cougars with 54 receptions for 602 yards and two touchdowns in 2012, despite missing three games due a violation of team rules.
According to the Chronicle, Peace spent most of spring practice with the second team and was not expected to start in the 2013 season. 2012 Conference USA All-Freshman Team selection Deontay Greenberry is expected to have an expanded role with Larry McDuffey, Xavier Maxwell and former USC wide receiver Markeith Ambles also contributing to the passing attack.
Charles Sims, Houston's leading rusher in 2012, announced his departure from the Cougars last month. In a statement, Sims indicated that he might enter the NFL Supplemental Draft instead of using his last year of eligibility.
In other Houston personnel news, Lee Hightower -- the defensive back from Boise State who announced his plans to join the Houston program on Tumblr -- officially began summer classes this week. Hightower will sit out the 2013 season and have two years of eligibility remaining when he is able to take the field in 2014.