Team news and tidbits

Texans owner Bob McNair was interviewed by Richard Justice of the Chronicle, and the back-and-forth has created a bit of a buzz. In the interview, McNair said he liked the intensity shown by linebacker Brian Cushing.

"He pays the price. He works hard. That's the kind of intensity I think is good. Pollard brings that kind of intensity, too. You have to have it on defense. Defense is emotional. I'm hoping it'll rub off on Mario (Williams). If Mario could develop that kind of intensity with his athletic ability, oh my goodness. *And you've got Amobi (Okoye), who is just an outstanding person, but he doesn't have that tiger in him yet. But he's young, and as he matures, I think he will become a little more intense."*

-Scouts, Inc.'s Scott Williamson shines the spotlight on the free safety spot for the Texans, andisn't impressed.

-Elsewhere, Gary Kubiak's oldest son Klint picked up an award from Colorado State University. He played safety there, and was named the McGraw Award Winner. Incidentally, Texans receiver David Anderson was the 2006 award winner. Below is the description, courtesy of a press release from the school:

*A team captain that battled a series of hard-luck circumstances during his six years at CSU, Kubiak will be remembered as one of the most spirited and humble players in Rams history. After opening each of his last three seasons as a starting safety, assorted injuries conspired to end each year. He led the team in tackles, playing all 12 games as a sophomore in 2006. Fans will probably remember him most for his last-second Case Keenum interception in the end zone to preserve a 28-25 win over Houston in 2008.

A graduate of Denver's Regis High School, where he starred while his dad served as the Broncos offensive coordinator, Kubiak graduated this past spring with a degree in restaurant and resort management. After attending the East-West Shrine Game and earning an invitation to a Washington Redskins mini-camp on a tryout basis, he joined Mike Sherman's staff at Texas A&M, where he will begin his coaching career this season. Last month, he married former CSU volleyball player Tessa Nelson.

Named after perhaps the most prominent figure in CSU athletics history, Thurman "Fum McGraw, the honor goes to the CSU student-athlete that best exemplifies academic and athletic excellence, character, leadership, service, concern for others and unwavering Ram pride, those characteristics that define the spirit and essence of McGraw, CSU's first consensus All-American who returned to serve as the Rams' athletic director. Established after McGraw passed away, the award first went to Angela Knopf in 2002. Other winners have included Horinek, Jason Smith, Loree Smith and David Anderson.*

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