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Houston Texans News

Texans’ J.J. Watt named PFWA Defensive Player of Year; Rodgers wins MVP - Ultimate Texans
Texans defensive end J.J. Watt was named the Pro Football Writers of America Defensive Player of the Year on Wednesday. Watt, who also won the award in 2012, joins Bruce Smith (1993, 1996) and Ray Lewis (2000, 2003) as the only two-time winners of the award.

Texans kick off Souper Bowl of Caring
The Houston Texans helped kick off the 2015 Souper Bowl of Caring early Wednesday at NRG Stadium.

J.J. Watt And Bill O’Brien Helped Get John Fox Fired In Denver " CBS Houston
Darren McKee of 104.3 The Fan morning show in Denver told Mike Meltser and Seth Payne on Mad Radio on SportsRadio 610 Wednesday that President of the Broncos John Elway fired John Fox earlier this week partially because of how the Broncos looked next to the Texans in preseason practices.

A Gary Kubiak hire could make things awkward with Peyton Manning | ProFootballTalk
As the Broncos begin to look for a new head coach who will be accepting a job that comes with an annual Super-Bowl-or-bust mandate, one of the potential candidates is a guy who recently said he won't be a candidate for any job.

Watt named Bell Player of the Year
Maxwell Football Club President Ron Jaworski announced today that J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans has been selected as the 2014 Bert Bell Professional Player of the Year.

Watt named PFWA Defensive Player of Year
Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt was named the Pro Football Writers of America Defensive Player of the Year.

DeAndre Hopkins named to PFF's All-Sophomore Team
DeAndre Hopkins was named to ProFootballFocus.com’s All-Sophomore Team on Wednesday.

Around the League

How the Patriots went from bums to beasts - SBNation.com
Something about the Patriots changed after a Week 4 loss to the Chiefs.

Uffsides: Conference Championship Round preview and picks - SBNation.com
And then there were 4. With the NFC and AFC Championship games just around the corner, Matt Ufford and the Uffsides crew preview Packers-Seahawks and Colts-Patriots.

Colts LB Josh McNary charged with rape - SBNation.com
Indianapolis Colts linebacker Josh McNary was charged with felony counts of rape and criminal confinement along with a misdemeanor charge for of battery resulting in bodily injury stemming from an...

Way too early grades for NFL coaching and GM hires - SBNation.com
The final, way too early word on whether NFL teams hired the right person for the job.

Ohio State's Cardale Jones faces a risky NFL decision - SBNation.com
The redshirt sophomore quarterback has been a sensation for the Buckeyes, but is a three-game sample size large enough to make the biggest decision of his life?

NFL playoff picks: Seahawks, Patriots expected to win conference championships - SBNation.com
Get ready for Championship Sunday with our picks and predictions for the AFC and NFC title games.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Evan Gattis traded to the Astros for prospects Mike Foltynewicz, Rio Ruiz - The Crawfish Boxes
Mike Foltynewicz, Rio Ruiz and Andrew Thurman sent to Atlanta

Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder game preview - The Dream Shake
The Rockets return to Houston to face a well-rested OKC Thunder team.

Former Texas QB Connor Brewer transfers from Arizona. Hmm. - Burnt Orange Nation
COME BACK, CONNOR!

Five Thoughts on Kansas State Wildcats 58, Texas Tech Red Raiders 51 - Viva The Matadors
The Red Raiders drop to 4-0 in the Big 12 Conference, but Texas Tech battled and fought and scrapped the entire game.

Trevone Boykin is the Tyler Rose Award Winner - Frogs O' War
The TCU signal caller takes home the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, given to the nation's top offensive player who is either from or plays in the state of Texas.

Report: Baylor Hires Former NFL All-Pro Cris Dishman as DB Coach - Our Daily Bears
Art Briles and Phil Bennett have found their man to coach Baylor's secondary

Johnny Manziel and Kyler Murray Highlight Comparison Video - Good Bull Hunting
The similarities are remarkable.

Texas Longhorns OL Curtis Riser to transfer to Sam Houston State - Barking Carnival
No more dancing. We just had Touchdown dance off with the o-line. Orren, Cuney, Perkins, Doyle, Riser & Raulerson showing moves. pic.twitter.com/T5qwIttoB3 — Longhorn_FB (@Longhorn_FB) December...