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Rebels’ leading rusher signs free-agent deal with Houston Texans


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UNLV running back Tim Cornett gets past Utah State linebacker Jake Doughty during their game Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 at Sam Boyd Stadium. Utah State won the game 28-24.

Former UNLV running back Tim Cornett will get a shot to make an NFL roster, and it’s coming in his backyard.

The Houston Texans signed Cornett, the Rebels’ all-time leading rusher, on Tuesday. Cornett grew up in Galena Park, Texas, which is about a 15-minute drive from Houston.

Texans running back Arian Foster has missed the first days of training camp, so there are carries to be had at practice. Still, it will be difficult to make the roster.

After going undrafted in May, Cornett originally signed a free-agent deal with the Arizona Cardinals. He was waived at the end of May.

Cornett’s 3,733 career rushing yards were the most ever at UNLV and the second most in Mountain West history. He also tallied 38 total touchdowns (fifth at UNLV) and 4,731 all-purpose yards (second).

Taylor Bern can be reached at 948-7844 or [email protected]. Follow Taylor on Twitter at twitter.com/taylorbern.

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