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    Houston Texans Stampede Tour pres. by Academy Sports + Outdoors

    Stop by Academy Sports + Outdoors (8453 Memorial Blvd., Port Arthur, TX 77640) from 4-5 PM to meet the Houston Texans!

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    FORMER HOUSTON TEXANS LINEBACKER #56 JAY FOREMAN*

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    Stop by Buffalo Wild Wings (3939 Dowlen Rd., Suite 11, Beaumont, TX 77706) from 8-9 PM to meet the Houston Texans during the first half of the Texans vs. Broncos game!

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    FORMER HOUSTON TEXANS LINEBACKER #56 JAY FOREMAN*

    FORMER HOUSTON TEXANS KICK RETURNER #84 JJ MOSES*
    HOUSTON TEXANS CHEERLEADERS
    AND TORO!


    Houston Texans Giveaways!

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  • Sat., Aug. 23, 2014 8:00 PM CDT Texans at Broncos The Texans travel to Denver to face off against the Broncos.
  • Sun., Aug. 24, 2014 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM CDT Back To Tailgating The Houston Texans are Back to Football so it’s time for you to get Back to Tailgating at the Academy Sports + Outdoors in Pearland on Sun., Aug. 24 from 3-5 PM. Join the Houston Texans Cheerleaders, Ambassadors, TORO & Deep Steel Thunder for this free event.  Also, get tailgating tips for the 2014 season from former H-E-B Tailgaters of the Year!
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  • Sun., Aug. 31, 2014 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM CDT Kickoff at Kemah Boardwalk Join the Houston Texans Cheerleaders, Ambassadors, TORO, and the Battle Ready Band at the Kickoff at Kemah Boardwalk on Sun., Aug. 31 from 1-3 PM. Bring the entire family for autograph signings, live music, & prize giveaways!
  • Sun., Sep. 14, 2014 8:15 AM - 10:30 AM CDT Houston Texans Running of the Bulls 5K Run/Walk presented by H-E-B Houston Texans Running of the Bulls 5K Run and Walk presented by H-E-B is Sunday, September 14 at NRG Park.  The 5K run/walk and TORO's Kids 1K presented by Aramark will both finish on the floor of NRG Stadium, where the post-race party is with the return of pizza and beer! Also, there is a new course for 2014. Secure your spot before Sept. 8 at 5 PM at HoustonTexans.com.
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Derrell Smith moving from linebacker to fullback

Posted by Nick Scurfield on May 7, 2012 – 3:11 pm

Derrell Smith, a linebacker on the Texans’ practice squad in 2011, is moving to fullback.

Smith (6-2, 232) went undrafted last year out of Syracuse. The Texans did not have a traditional lead-blocking fullback on the roster after cutting Lawrence Vickers earlier this offseason.

“We’ve been working with him throughout the past couple of weeks,” Texans coach Gary Kubiak said Monday at the team’s charity golf tournament. “We’ve also got a young man from Illinois (undrafted free agent FB Jason Ford) that we’re going to work there that was a running back in college, so that’s where we’re heading right now. There’s a couple of veteran fullbacks out there, but as of right now, I feel pretty good about what’s going on and what I see out there.”

Smith was a two-time All-Big East second-team selection at Syracuse as a middle linebacker, but he started his college career at running back. He was the Gatorade Player of the Year in Delaware after rushing for 1,225 yards and scoring 18 touchdowns as a high school senior.

“We’ve had some success building those guys, so to speak,” Kubiak said of the fullback position. “I mean, Vonta (Leach) came in and did a great job for us. James (Casey) is doing a great job. Vickers played well for us last year. So, we feel good about the direction we’re heading.”

How Smith fares at fullback remains to be seen, but he’s certainly an interesting story off the field. He was a two-time state champion in the discus in high school. He earned a dual degree in information management and technology and marketing at Syracuse and was All-Academic Big East every year from 2007-10. He’s close to finishing a master’s degree in advertising. And he goes by “secsualchoklate” on Twitter. Sexual chocolate!


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