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TEXANS WITH CONNECTIONS TO LOUISIANA
WR Trindon Holliday (LSU, Zachary); ILB Bradie James (LSU, Monroe); P Donnie Jones (LSU, Baton Rouge); WR Mario Louis (Grambling, New Orleans); DB Coach Vance Joseph (Marrero).
SAINTS WITH CONNECTIONS TO TEXAS
DL Coach Bill Johnson (DL coach, Texas A&M 1992-99); Secondary Coach Ken Flajole (coached at UTEP 1986-88); Defensive Asst./LBs Brian Young (played DT at UTEP 1996-99); QB Drew Brees (Austin); K Garrett Hartley (Southlake); QB Chase Daniel (Southlake); P Thomas Morstead (SMU, Pearland); TE David Thomas (University of Texas, Plainview); MLB David Hawthorne (TCU); DE Braylon Broughton (TCU); RB Joe Banyard (UTEP).
TEXANS WHO USED TO COACH OR PLAY FOR THE SAINTS
Special Teams Coordinator Joe Marciano (Special Teams/TEs 1986-94; Special Teams 1995); FB Moran Norris (2001); Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips (Defensive Coordinator 1981-85; Interim Head Coach for the final four games of the 1985 season).
TEXANS-SAINTS NOTABLE COLLEGE CONNECTIONS
Texans Head Coach Gary Kubiak coached at Texas A&M with Saints DL Coach Bill Johnson (1992-93); Texans Asst. LB Coach Bobby King played at UTEP with Saints Defensive Asst./LBs Brian Young (1998-99); Saints Asst. Special Teams Coach Mike Mallory coached at Illinois while Texans CB Alan Ball played there; Saints Asst. DL Coach Travis Jones coached at LSU when Texans P Donnie Jones played there; Texans RG Antoine Caldwell and Saints S Roman Harper (Alabama); Texans CB Kareem Jackson and Saints RB Mark Ingram, CB Marquis Johnson (Alabama); Texans CB Brandon Harris and Saints TE Jimmy Graham (Miami); Saints TE Coach Terry Malone coached Texans DE Tim Jamison at Michigan; Jamison and Saints WR Adrian Arrington (Michigan); Texans NT Shaun Cody and Saints DT Sedrick Ellis (USC); Texans ILB Brian Cushing and Saints T Charles Brown (USC); Texans RB Arian Foster and Saints DE Turk McBride (Tennessee); Texans G Kasey Studdard and Saints TE David Thomas (Texas); Texans RB Ben Tate and Saints G Ben Grubbs and LB Will Herring (Auburn); Texans RB Justin Forsett and Saints G Brian de la Puente and DE Cameron Jordan (California); Texans OLB Connor Barwin and Saints DE Alex Daniels (Cincinnati); Texans ILB Mister Alexander and Saints CB Patrick Robinson (Florida State); Texans CB Alan Ball and Saints RB Pierre Thomas (Illinois); Texans ILB Bradie James, P Donnie Jones and Saints WR Devery Henderson (LSU); Texans WR Juaquin Iglesias and Saints DT Remi Ayodele, K Garrett Hartley and MLB Curtis Lofton (Oklahoma); Texans WR Jeff Maehl and NT Sunny Harris and Saints T Fenuki Tupou (Oregon); Texans TE Owen Daniels and TE Garrett Graham and Saints LB Jonathan Casillas (Wisconsin); Texans WR DeVier Posey and Saints S Malcolm Jenkins (Ohio State); Texans WR Jerrell Jackson and Saints QB Chase Daniel (Missouri); Texans TE Logan Brock and Saints DE Braylon Broughton (TCU).
TEXANS-SAINTS PRO CONNECTIONS
Texans Offensive Coordinator Rick Dennison (1995-09) and Asst. OL Coach Jim Ryan (2004-08) coached for the Denver Broncos with Saints DL Coach Bill Johnson (2007-08) while Texans C Chris Myers (2005-07) and Saints TE Daniel Graham (2007-10) played there; Texans Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips coached for the Atlanta Falcons with Johnson (2002-03); Phillips also coached the San Diego Chargers with Saints Offensive Coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr. (2004-05); Texans ILB Tim Dobbins played for Phillips and Carmichael in San Diego; Saints QB Drew Brees played for San Diego while Phillips was on staff; Texans Asst. WR Coach Marc Lubick (2003-04) was a scout for the St. Louis Rams while Texans Asst. Head Coach/DL Bill Kollar (2001-05), OL Coach John Benton (2004-05), Saints Asst. Head Coach/LB Coach Joe Vitt (2004-05) and WR Coach Henry Ellard (2001-08) were on staff and Saints Defensive Asst./LB Brian Young (2000-03) played DT there; Texans RB Coach Chick Harris (1983-91) coached for the Seattle Seahawks with Vitt (1983-91), Ellard played WR for the L.A. Rams when Harris and Vitt were on staff (1992-94); Saints DT Remi Ayodele played for the Dallas Cowboys (2007) when Phillips was head coach.