March 28, 2012
Houston, Texas -
Practice 5 Update - March 28, 2012
Houston Football returned to the practice fields on Wednesday after a break from competition on Tuesday. A new wrinkle was added to the workout as the first scrimmage of the spring took place, despite some wet, rainy conditions.
While the offense and the defense have been going back and forth all spring, the defense played well on Wednesday, including strong efforts from the defensive backfield and the defensive line.
Perhaps one of the biggest bright spots this spring has been the play of redshirt sophomore Jon Witten. The converted linebacker has moved to defensive end and has recorded at least one sack in each padded practice including a couple more today. The Clear Lake High School product even earned some snaps with the top unit as well and has really utilized his size and speed to create a speed rush off the edge.
Junior safety Kent Brooks recorded yet another interception as well. The Humble, Texas, native stepped in against the No. 2 offense and picked off Bram Kohlhausen to stop a drive early in the scrimmage.
Later on we saw a couple of nice plays from reserve defensive lineman Chris Hill. The former Yates High School standout recovered a fumble and also batted down a Drew Hollingshead pass, which fell into the arms of a diving teammate for the INT.
Seeing time with the second unit defensive tackle Ameen Behbahani made a huge hit to force a fumble on tight end Kenneth Bibbins and later Witten again found himself making a big stop on a draw play in the backfield.
Of course the offensive had its strong moments as well. David Piland did an excellent job spreading the football around, including a critical 17-yard gainer to Dewayne Peace to set up a touchdown run. Charles Sims is one of the country's elite running backs, so several different players saw time in the backfield attempting to create more depth at the position, including Randall Hollimon and Kenneth Farrow. A bigger, powerful runner, Farrow showed impressive running ability after contact and often initiated the hits against a would-be tackler. Hollimon found the endzone after a long drive, powering through on a short-yardage burst.
Another touchdown pass came from Hollingshead to running back Marcus Williams. The pass spanned 45 yards and was a great highlight for the Rockwall product.
Houston returns to the practice fields on Thursday with a 4:30 p.m. workout. The team is off on Friday and will be in action on Saturday night at 7 p.m. with a scrimmage at Robertson Stadium. All workouts are open to the public. Photography and video from non-credentialed media are strictly prohibited at all workouts.
Former Cougars In Attendance:
Several former Coogs came by Wednesday's first scrimmage of the year. Justin Johnson arrived early, as did linebacker Sammy Brown. Both players are working out for next month's NFL draft. Later in the workout we saw Nick Saenz and David Hunter as well.