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Volume 72, Issue 124, Friday, April 6, 2007

Sports

UH to show stuff for first time

Cougars will take the field Saturday for scrimmage

By Mark Suarez
The Daily Cougar

Fans will have the opportunity to see the defending Conference USA champions up close and personal at the annual Red and White Game at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Carl Lewis International Track and Field Complex.

The Cougars will enter a new era that will include a slew of players looking for a spot on a squad that started 17 seniors last season. 

UH head coach Art Briles has been pleased with his team's progression and said the fans will be a motivating factor. 

"I'm excited about it, to look to make a good spring run," Briles said. "To give our fans a chance to come out and look at the ‘07-'08 team, it's going to be a fun festive atmosphere.

Spectators will get their first look at freshman L.J Castille, who has been impressive in his transition from quarterback to wide receiver this spring. Freshman running back Randall Antoine will also be a player to watch for. 

Antoine got the bulk of the carries during a scrimmage Tuesday as a tune-up for Saturday's Red and White Game. 

The Cougars will end the 2007 spring practice season with sophomore quarterback Blake Joseph and senior running back Anthony Alridge leading the offensive charge.

Joseph has some big cleats to fill as the successor to former UH standout Kevin Kolb, who is projected to go in the second round of the NFL draft beginning April 28. Joseph is looking forward to making his first appearance in front of the Cougar faithful a memorable one, especially with his teammates. 

"Hopefully a bunch of fans come out to see what we have to offer," Joseph said. "I think we're going to be a good team again next year. We got a great offensive line coming back next year that's going to help us a lot. "We also have ‘Quick Six' (Alridge) -- he's going to be a great asset for us."

The defensive side of the ball will feature a different look from last year's 3-4 base system. The Cougars will unveil their new 4-2-5 defensive scheme to fans Saturday.

Returning impact players from last year's squad include junior defensive tackle Ell Ash, inside linebacker Cody Lubojasky and defensive end Phillip Hunt. 

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