Tony Levine came into a difficult situation last season trying to keep up the tradition of pass-happy offense with the Houston Cougars. The Cougars didn’t live up to expectations in that category as the team finished 5-7 in 2012. Houston will head into the 2013 season looking to get back to throwing the ball all over the place behind Levine in their first season playing in the Big East.
The team just signed Markeith Ambles this week, and he will be eligible right away which will give the Cougars four true threats at the wide receiver position for David Piland to throw to. Piland threw for 2,929 yards last season. Houston can’t afford to start 0-3 again this year, and that is where Levine comes in. The Big East isn’t going to be the strong conference right away, and the Cougars could easily find themselves with at least seven wins. If Levine will let Piland be loose and throw the ball at least 50 times a game, there is real potential in 2013.
This team all boils down to what Levine and Piland do on the field. Houston has a ton of talent out there that can be used to spread the field. I don’t feel that Levine used enough of that talent last season and needs more out of the passing game in 2013. It may be hard to win with that kind of offense in the winter time playing against more northern teams, but that’s Houston’s style of play. Levine should know that from his four years as an assistant coach. It’s time to get back to the days of David Klingler and Andre Ware at Houston which means throwing the ball all the time.