Hold that Tiger.
There are four Clemson Tigers now on the Texans.
Houston selected quarterback Deshaun Watson in the first round, and then took defensive lineman Carlos Watkins in the fourth round. Along with receiver DeAndre Hopkins and defensive lineman D.J. Reader, that means a quartet of Texans played their college ball in Death Valley.
"Clemson obviously has done a great job," head coach Bill O'Brien said. "I think we talked about them offensively with Deshaun and obviously, Hop being here. Defensively, they do a good job, too. Over the last two or three years, even beyond that, they have been very athletic up front."
Watkins led the 2016 National Champions with 10.5 sacks. He's reunited with Reader, a 2016 draft pick for Houston. He spoke about the impact his alma mater and former head coach Dabo Swinney had on him and his collegiate teammates.
"That's Clemson," Watkins said. "Coach Swinney did a great job of not only preparing us to become better football players, but mentoring us as young and just becoming a great pro. We have all the qualities and what it takes to be a pro. That's the kind of school that Clemson is that builds us to be great young men and professional athletes."
General manager Rick Smith was happy to take players from a school that's won 10 or more games every season since 2011, and gone 70-13 in that 6-season span.
"We think that's a good program and so we have some productive players from that program," Smith said.
Michigan State also has four former players on the Texans roster.