When Major Applewhite assessed his quarterback situation, he looked down his bench and saw something that most coaches don't see, an experienced backup, ready to go. That's Kyle Postma; he's been here before.
The Seven Lakes product started for an undefeated Trinity Valley JC team before coming to Houston in 2015. Postma as such a good athlete that he fluctuated between receiver and quarterback his first year at Houston. He's played in high leverage situation, like 2015's Memphis comeback, and in the Peach Bowl.
When Allen struggled against Texas Tech, Postma was ready, leading the Cougars to two touchdown drives to make the final score much more respectable. Saturday at Temple Postma made his first start of 2017 and led the Cougars to a critical road win. In many ways, Postma gives Houston a different dynamic offensively. He's more comfortable in the quarterback run game and when plays break down. His skills create more of a direct bridge between Greg Ward Jr.'s dual-threat abilities and the 2017 Houston offense.
On Saturday Postma rushed for a team-high 81 yards on fifteen carries and completed 25 of 36 passes for 226 yards. While he won't push the ball downfield in the same way Allen does, his running abilities might work to equalize the explosive play potential. For Applewhite, if Postma tends to the ball better, that justifies the move as much as anything.
The fact that Postma has hung around to take this opportunity is a rarity in itself. For most quarterbacks at Power 5 schools, the thought of sitting for two years without consistent playing time might drive them to transfer. Texas, A&M, Tech, Baylor, TCU, Rice, UTEP, UTSA, and Texas State have all suffered from early departures from their quarterback room. Because of this, most have been forced to either start or play a first-year player at quarterback. Houston has a luxury in Postma. With the emergence of Ward, the entrance of Allen, Postma's stayed the course in Houston, and now he gets his first real chance to lead the Houston offense.
If Saturday's results are any indicator, the Cougars offense is in good hands.