Friday, March 22, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 14



Football opens spring practice

Cougar Sports Services

The UH football team began its annual spring practice Wednesday afternoon.

The Cougars will practice on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday for the next three-and-one-half weeks, culminating in the Red-White
game April 13 at Robertson Stadium. Kickoff for the game is tentatively slated for 1 p.m.

During the weekday practices, the UH spring drills will take place on the practice fields behind the Athletic/Alumni Center. Saturday practices will
be held at Robertson Stadium, including full scrimmages March 30 and April 6.

The Cougars return 15 starters from last season's 0-11 squad, including seven on offense and six on the defensive side. Offensive starters
include juniors center Al James and guard Rex Hadnot, as well as the wide receiving trifecta of senior Brian Robinson and juniors KeyKowa Bell
and Brandon Middleton.

Senior running back Joffrey Reynolds, one of the top receiving running backs in the nation in 2001, also returns this spring.

Defensively, second team All-Conference USA safety Hanik Milligan highlights the six starters; the others are sophomore Jermain Woodard,
who was selected as a third team Freshman All-American a year ago.

Junior linebacker Justin Davis and the senior defensive end tandem of Adrian Lee and Quantaa Jackson also are back this spring.

The success of the Cougar program will likely lie with the talented class of incoming freshmen, led by running back Roshawn Pope from
Galveston Ball, and the redshirted freshmen from last year's squad.

Spring practice will be the first chance to see many of the redshirt players, who practiced with the team last fall but did not play.

Entering his third season at the helm of the Cougar program, head coach Dana Dimel expects the fruits of his recruiting labor —the class of
2001 — to make an impact this year, beginning this spring.

Redshirt quarterbacks Blade Bassler and Barrick Nealy, as well as the secondary trifecta of Levi Gaston, Carlos Jones and Tristen Robertson,
are expected to compete for starting roles during spring drills.

The Cougars' spring practices are open to the public and fans are encouraged to attend.

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