Football opens spring
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
Defensively, second team All-Conference
USA safety Hanik Milligan highlights the six starters; the others are sophomore
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
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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