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The Texans will host the Vikings for their final preseason game on Thursday. Kickoff at 6 p.m.
HEAD COACH CONNECTIONS
Texans coach Gary Kubiak and Vikings coach Leslie Frazier both have sons who play at Rice University. Klein Kubiak is a junior wide receiver and Corey Frazier is a senior safety for the Owls.
FORMER VIKINGS WITH TEXANS
WR Juaquin Iglesias played for the Vikings during the 2011 preseson.
FORMER TEXANS WITH THE VIKINGS
WR Devin Aromashodu spent time on Houston’s practice squad in 2007; QB Sage Rosenfels played for Houston from 2006-08
VIKINGS WITH CONNECTIONS TO TEXAS
LB Coach Mike Singletary (born in Houston, attended Baylor); Defensive Assistant Jeff Imamura (born in Lubbock, coached at TCU); CB Brandon Burton (Houston); WR Stephen Burton (West Texas A&M); DT Fred Evans (Texas State-San Marcos); LS Cullen Loeffler (Ingram, University of Texas); T De- Marcus Love (Dallas); RB Adrian Peterson (Palestine); QB Christian Ponder (Colleyville); DE Brian Robison (Splendora; University of Texas); S Andrew Sendejo (San Antonio); T Charlie Johnson (Sherman).
TEXANS-VIKINGS NOTABLE COLLEGE CONNECTIONS
Texans OLB Brooks Reed and NT Earl Mitchell and Vikings DE D’Aundre Reed (Arizona); Texans DE Antonio Smith and Vikings T Charlie Johnson and DT Kevin Williams (Oklahoma State); Vikings DL coach Brendan Daly coached Smith at Oklahoma State. Texans ILB Brian Cushing and Vikings DE Everson Griffen, TE Rhett Ellison and T Matt Kalil (USC); Texans CB Brice McCain and Vikings FB Matt Asiata and DB Brandon Burton (Utah); Texans OLB Bryan Braman and Vikings WR Stephen Burton (West Texas A&M); Texans WR Juaquin Iglesias and Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (Oklahoma); Iglesias also played with Vikings T Phil Loadholt at Oklahoma; Texans WR Jeff Maehl and SS Eddie Pleasant and Vikings DE Nick Reed and G Geoff Schwartz (Oregon); Texans FB James Casey and Vikings S Andrew Sendejo (Rice); Texans RB Arian Foster and Vikings LB Marvin Mitchell (Tennessee); Texans C Ben Jones and Vikings K Blair Walsh (Georgia); Texans DE Keith Browner and Vikings DE Trevor Guyton (California); Texans DE Jared Crick and Vikings CB Zackary Bowman (Nebraska); Texans DE Mitch King and Vikings DT Christian Ballard, TE Allen Reisner and LB Chad Greenway (Iowa); Vikings Offensive Coordiantor Bill Musgrave coached Texans QB Matt Schaub in college at Virginia.
TEXANS-VIKINGS PRO CONNECTIONS
Vikings CB Zack Bowman and Texans FS Danieal Manning played together in Chicago; Texans RB Justin Forsett and Vikings TE John Carlson played together in Seattle; Texans NT Shaun Cody and Vikings RB Jerome Felton played together in Detroit; Texans WR Kevin Walter and K Shayne Graham played for Cincinnati while Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier was on the coaching staff; Texans Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips and Vikings RB Coach James Saxon coached Vikings CB Antoine Winfield in Buffalo; Phillips was also on the Denver Broncos coaching staff when Vikings OL Coach Jeff Davidson and Texans Offensive Coordinator Rick Dennison played there; Davidson was coached by Texans Special Teams Coordinator Joe Marciano with the New Orleans Saints and then later coached with Marciano for the Saints; Marciano also coached with Vikings Defensive Coordinator Alan Williams in Tampa Bay; Davidson also coached Texans T Rashad Butler while with the Carolina Panthers; Texans Head Coach Gary Kubiak was Vikings Offensive Coordinator Bill Musgrave’s QB coach on the San Francisco 49ers; Texans WR Coach Larry Kirksey and Texans TE Coach Brian Pariani also coached Musgrave in San Francisco; Texans RB Coach Chick Harris coached with Musgrave in Carolina; Kirksey also coached with Musgrave in Jacksonville; Vikings WR Coach George Stewart coached while Schaub played with the Atlanta Falcons; Stewart also coached with Kirksey in San Francisco; Texans G Wade Smith played for the Kansas City Chiefs while Vikings Special Teams Coordinator Mike Priefer was on the coaching staff; Dennison also coached with Priefer in Denver; Texans DB Coach Vance Joseph and Vikings LB Coach Mike Singletary coached Texans C Cody Wallace in San Francisco; when Texans QB Coach Karl Dorrell was the head coach at UCLA, Vikings Assistant WR Coach Ryan Ficken was on his coaching staff; Dorrell also coached with Saxon with the Miami Dolphins, Texans RB Justin Forsett played briefly in Indianapolis while Vikings Defensive Coordinator Alan Williams coached there; Texans G Wade Smith played for Kansas City while Vikings Assistant DL Coach Diron Reynolds coached there; Vikings C Joe Berger played for Phillips in Dallas.