Houston RB Duke Catalon expected to play tonight

Not only were the Houston Cougars without starting quarterback Greg Ward Jr. last week against Lamar, starting running back Duke Catalon missed the game with a sprained ankle as well. As the Cougars get ready to take the field against Cincinnati in their American Conference opener, it looks like he will be ready to take the field for them.

Joseph Duarte of The Houston Chronicle reported that Catalon will likely be able to play for the Cougars tonight. Head coach Tom Herman did say he was suffering with some soreness, but he would have to fight through the pain.

In the season opener against Oklahoma, Catalon was a big part of the Cougars’ upset. He racked up 88 yards on the ground and caught four passes for 29 yards and a touchdown in what was the first game in his collegiate career.

As long as he is healthy, I would expect him to play a big role for the Cougars tonight. If not, they can rely on freshman Kevrin Justice, who rushed for 111 yards and two scores in his collegiate debut last week.

The Cougars and Bearcats take the field at 7:30 p.m. EST on ESPN.

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