UCLA - This talented youngster figures to contend for the starting free safety position...Possesses good size and speed and has good range...Should develop into a very solid player with added playing time...Houston is also an excellent kick returner.
1999 - As a redshirt freshman, Houston gained valuable experience during the latter half of the season...Started three of the final four games of the year, missing the finale against USC because of a concussion suffered in the previous game...Played 77 defensive snaps against Arizona and 69 at Oregon State...Played 40 defensive snaps against Washington before leaving with his concussion...On the year, he made 19 tackles, including nine against Oregon State and six against Washington...Had played just 11 defensive snaps prior to his start versus Oregon State...Made his varsity debut against Stanford, returning a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown on the first touch of his career...It was UCLA’s first touchdown on a kickoff return since 1980 (JoJo Townsell)...On the year, he averaged 24.2 yards on 18 kickoff returns and would have ranked sixth in the Pac-10 if he had qualified (he did not have enough returns)...Had five returns at Oregon State and four versus Oregon...Competed with the track team following 1999 Spring Practice and placed ninth in the 110 high hurdles at the Pac-10 championships (14.74).
1998 - Did not see action in his first season with the program and has three years of eligibility remaining.
HIGH SCHOOL - One of the top defensive back prospects in the nation...Earned three letters in football as a cornerback, quarterback and wide receiver for coach Tim Cross at Thomas Jefferson High School in Denver...Had a banner season with six INTs, returning three for scores of 83, 44 and 35 yards...He made 21 interceptions in his career...Also a great kick returner, Lovell had touchdown runs of 98, 92 and 88 yards...He also made 80 tackles as a senior... On offense he totaled 11 TDs...USA Today first-team All-America...National Recruiting Advisor All-America (No. 2 FS and No. 39 on the National 100)...Parade All-America...ESPN SportsZone first-team All-America...ESPN SportsZone No. 2 DB...Student Sports Senior All-America...Member of PrepStar Dream Team (No. 2 DB)...PrepStar Central Region Defensive MVP...PrepStar Big 12 Region Super 30...PrepStar All-America (No. 1 DB in Big 12 Region)...The Sporting News Top 100 (No. 27 prospect)...SuperPrep National 50 (No. 37)...SuperPrep All-America (No. 3 skill athlete in nation)...SuperPrep All-Midlands (No. 4 prospect)...ESPN SportsZone No. 39 prospect...Cornwell’s National Top 100 (No. 40 prospect)...Bill Buchalter’s Top 100 (No. 36 prospect)...CBS SportsLine Top 100...Member of Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100...First-team All-Colorado selection (Denver Post)...Member of PrepStar pre-season Dream Team...PrepStar pre-season Big 12 Super 24...National Recruiting Advisor pre-season All-America (No. 11 all-purpose back and No. 1 DB in Midlands)...SuperPrep pre-season All-America (No. 22 DB)...As a junior, he made nine interceptions and 67 tackles...Also caused three fumbles and recovered one...Made 23 career interceptions, returning nine for touchdowns...Also returned eight kicks for scores in his career...An outstanding high hurdler (13.7) in track who earned four letters for coach Tony Lindsey...Has run 4.37 in the 40...Bench presses 305 pounds and has 38-inch vertical jump.
PERSONAL - Full Name: Lovell B. Houston...Born: July 18, 1979 in Denver, CO...Parents: Herman and Patricia Houston...Brother Polica was a wide receiver at Kansas State...Brother, Marcus, is a running back at Colorado...Father Herman lettered in football at the University of Washington in 1969...Mother also attended Washington...Has a younger sister, Nicole...Lists building radio controlled model airplanes and drawing as his hobbies...Related to NFL Hall of Famer Ken Houston...Lists becoming an attorney as his career objective...Political Science major.
Varsity Statistics - L. Houston