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Volume 71, Issue 5, Friday, August 26, 2005

Sports

Briles: Cougars are 'ready to roll' for season's opponents

Cougar Sports Services

Diehard Cougar football fans present at the scrimmage Wednesday are hoping for the same type of productivity when the Cougars face Oregon on Thursday.

Though the scout teams are not exactly Oregon's starting lineup, a successful scrimmage gives head coach Art Briles perspective of how his first team offense and defense will perform in game-time situations.

In approximately half an hour, both first teams managed to get enough reps in to show coaches where they stood.

"I thought our intensity was good," Briles said in a press release. "Our emotion was good, and I thought we got our legs back underneath us."

Senior running back Anthony Evans' legs looked healthy, as he was able to run in two red zone touchdowns behind Houston's big offensive line. 

Kendal Briles is hoping to bounce back from an injury-plagued season, playing at wide receiver and possibly getting snaps at the quarterback position.

At the defensive end, everything went according to plans, as they denied all access to the end zone. 

Freshman cornerback Quinte Williams provided a highlight for the fans, taking a pick to the house from 15 yards out.

With the pivotal season opener less than a week away, scrimmages are as important as staying injury free. So far, all has gone well in training camp, but the thing about a scrimmage is, it is a scrimmage. 

As Briles said in the latest press release, "We're getting ready to roll. In eight days, we're going to strap it up and do it for real."
 

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