Houston Ready for Takeoff

By Tim and Tom Readling

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Former Catawba linebacker SaMario Houston has been drafted by the Berlin Thunder in the 12th round of the NFL Europe Free Agent Draft. He will join fellow SAC linebacker Tim Clarke (Lenoir-Rhyne) whose name was also announced on Sunday to play for the Thunder.

The NFL Europe Free Agent Draft was not deprived of well-known players who will have their chance to one day make an NFL roster spot. Notables among the 2007 NFL Europe draftees are Omar Jacobs (Bowling Green), Rashaun Woods (Oklahoma State), and Quentin Griffin (Oklahoma).

Houston was one of eight Division II players selected in this year's draft.

While at Catawba, Houston earned All-SAC Freshman Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2002. He was also a two-time First Team All-SAC pick in 2003 and 2004. After his 2003 campaign, the former Indian was selected to the All-Region Second Team. In 2005, Houston was tabbed as a Preseason All-American by Football Gazette.

The Berlin Thunder is a team familiar with Catawba football tradition. The NFL Europe franchise has employed current San Francisco 49er Defensive Line coach Jim Tomsula as a Defensive Coordinator and has drafted former Catawba two-time All-American Defensive Lineman DeVonte Peterson.

Today's Events

Swimming @ Fall Frenzy (Day 3),


«November 2018»
November 2

Swimming @ Emory Invite (Day 1)

Soccer (W) vs. Carson-Newman (SAC Tournament - Semifinals) 1-2

Volleyball vs. ANDERSON 0-3

November 3

Swimming @ Emory Invite (Day 2) W-4th;M-4th

Cross Country @ SAC Championships M-5th;W-5th

Football @ Newberry 10-40

Volleyball vs. NEWBERRY 3-0

November 6

Volleyball @ Wingate (SAC Tournament - 1st Round) 0-3

November 9

Basketball (M) vs. FRANCIS MARION 115-82

Basketball (W) @ North Greenville 62-67

November 10

Football @ Lenoir-Rhyne 21-63

Basketball (W) vs. Erskine 80-86

Basketball (M) vs. UNC PEMBROKE 75-80

Soccer (W) @ Carson-Newman (NCAA II Southeast Regional) 0-3

November 14

Basketball (M) @ Young Harris 85-67

November 16

Swimming @ Fall Frenzy (Day 1)

November 17

Swimming @ Fall Frenzy (Day 2)

Cross Country @ NCAA II Southeast Regional W-8th; M-10th

Football vs. UNC PEMBROKE 30-23

Basketball (W) vs. FAYETTEVILLE ST. 76-56

Basketball (M) vs. ELIZABETH CITY ST. 86-65

November 18

Swimming @ Fall Frenzy (Day 3) 

November 19

Basketball (W) @ Lees-McRae 5 p.m.

November 26

Basketball (M) vs. BLUEFIELD ST. 7 p.m.

November 28

Basketball (W) @ Newberry 6 p.m.

Basketball (M) @ Newberry 8 p.m.

November 30

Swimming vs. CHOWAN

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