AT TECH: Two-year starter at cornerback with seven career interceptions . . . Has 158 career tackles, 16 pass breakups, 12 tackles for loss, five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries . . . Excellent athlete who is a former all-ACC triple jumper for the Tech track team.
2005: Did not play in the first nine games of the season . . . Rejoined the team the week of the Miami game . . . Played against Miami and Georgia, primarily on passing downs, then started the Emerald Bowl against Utah . . . Had five tackles, a pass breakup and a tackle for loss against Utah . . . Also returned two punts against the Utes.
2004: Led Tech with three interceptions on the season . . . The Jackets' fifth-leading tackler with 48 . . . Also has three pass breakups, four tackles for loss, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble . . . Named ACC Defensive Back of the Week for the second time in his career after he grabbed two interceptions, both setting up Tech touchdowns, in the Jackets' 24-14 win at NC State . . . Helped Tech rank 12th in the nation in total defense, 13th in rushing defense, 21st in scoring defense and 21st in pass efficiency defense . . . Had six tackles and an interception in Tech's win at Clemson . . . Season-high nine tackles with 2.5 TFL against Samford . . . Broke up two passes versus Virginia . . . Forced a fumble against Miami . . . Had a fumble recovery at the Syracuse 13-yard line, along with a tackle for loss, in Tech's win over the Orange in the Champs Sports Bowl.
Served as Tech's punt returner in three games . . . Totalled eight returns for 50 yards (6.3-yard average) . . . Longest return of the season was a 32-yarder against Clemson to set up a touchdown.
2003: Second on the team with three interceptions, along with a team-leading eight pass breakups . . . Tech's fifth-leading tackler with 70, including four tackles for loss . . . Made two huge plays in Tech's win over North Carolina with a second-quarter interception, which he returned to the UNC 29-yard line to set up a touchdown, and then a fourth-quarter fumble recovery at the Tech 14-yard line . . . Also had a sack and a pass breakup against UNC and was named ACC Defensive Back of the Week . . . Intercepted a pass in the end zone and returned it 47 yards to set up a Tech touchdown against Florida State . . . Grabbed an interception in the season opener at BYU . . . Credited with four pass breakups against Tulsa in the Humanitarian Bowl.
2002: Named to the ACC All-Freshman team by The Sporting News . . . Played in every game as the nickel back and totalled 33 tackles, with three tackles for loss, two sacks, one interception, a fumble recovery, four forced fumbles and three pass breakups . . . Made two key defensive plays to help preserve Tech's win over eighth-ranked NC State . . . With Tech leading 24-17, he ended an NC State scoring threat by recovering a fumble at the Tech 31-yard line with eight minutes left . . . After an interception gave the ball back to the Wolfpack, he batted down Philip Rivers' fourth-down pass at the Tech 28 with four minutes to play . . . Made another big play in Tech's win over North Carolina when he stripped the ball from UNC tight end Bobby Blizzard, forcing a fumble at the one-yard line and preventing a touchdown . . . Season-high eight tackles, a sack for an 11-yard loss on third down, and a pass breakup against BYU.
TRACK: Earned all-Atlantic Coast Conference honors with a second-place finish in the triple jump at the 2002 ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships; leaped 47 feet, 7.0 inches . . . Jumped 49 feet, 9.25 inches at the 2003 ACC Championships and placed fifth . . . Not competing in 2004.
HIGH SCHOOL: Georgia AAAAA Offensive Player of the Year by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . . . Member of the AJC's Marvelous Metro 11, Super Southern 100 and Top 50 in Georgia . . . Also named Class AAAAA Player of the Year by the Augusta Chronicle . . . Tabbed to Max Emfinger's Super 20 in Georgia . . . Named to the Border Wars Top 100 prospects in the South . . . Atlanta Touchdown Club Offensive Back of the Year . . . All-Southeast Region by Prep Star . . . Outstanding two-way player who gained 2,138 all-purpose yards and made 68 tackles and two interceptions . . . Rushed 145 times for 1,401 yards (10.4 average) and 14 touchdowns . . . Caught 21 passes for 428 yards and five scores . . . Coached by Mike Earwood at Starr's Mill High . . . Chosen for the Georgia-Florida All-Star Game . . . Two-time state champion in the triple jump, winning the AAAAA title as a senior and the AAA crown as a junior . . . Leaped 47-9 1/2 feet to win the 2001 title, but had a personal best of 48-11 3/4 at the Georgia Indoor Championships.
PERSONAL: Full name is Reuben James Houston . . . Parents are Luther and Patricia Houston . . . Born October 30, 1982 . . . Majoring in Management . . . Graduated December 17, 2005.
GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS 2005 P-A-T TFL Sck FC FR Int PB PR Yds LP Miami 0-1-1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Georgia 1-0-1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Utah* 4-1-5 1-1 0 0 0 0 1 2 -2 1