City of Houston honors UH's Tom Herman

The excitement for UH football is clearly catching on.

The city of Houston honored head coach Tom Herman on Thursday with "Tom Herman Day," giving Herman a proclamation honoring what he's done in bringing increased attention to Cougar football.

City Councilman Dwight Boykins made the presentation to Herman on behalf of Houston mayor Annise Parker. The presentation was made as part of the "Cage Rage," a pep rally bringing out the UH student body.

"It's neat to be recognized by the city for what we're doing," Herman said. "It's not just me. It's our whole staff. It's our players. It's our support staff really trying to up the awareness of what we're trying to accomplish here."

Herman has started a movement called the "Htown Takeover" where he's trying to keep the city's top recruits in Houston and representing the Cougars. The hype has increased as some top recruits have verbally committed to play their college football at UH.

"Last I checked, it said 'Houston' on our jersey and not just the University of Houston," Herman said. "We understand that we represent this great city and we want to give them a hometown college football team that they can be proud of."

Houston begins their college football season Saturday at home against Tennessee Tech.