Former Texans special teams assistant Richard Hightower was announced as the University of Minnesota's new wide receivers coach on Tuesday. Hightower joins the staff of Golden Gophers head coach Tim Brewster, who was the tight ends coach at Texas from 1998-2001. Hightower played receiver, cornerback and special teams for the Longhorns from 1999-2002.
Hightower was the Texans' special teams assistant under Joe Marciano in 2008 after spending two years as the team's defensive assistant. He got his start with the Texans as a corporate sales intern in 2004. Last season, special teams ace Antwaun Molden told me that Hightower was instrumental in his development as a rookie; Hightower frequently spent extra time instructing Molden after practice.
Congratulations to a first-class person and a tireless worker; he will be missed by the Texans.