Houston Spring Football Update #8
April 2, 2012
Houston, Texas - Houston Football went indoors for today's workout over at the Houston Texans' practice facility, practicing for two hours after heavy rains hit the area earlier today.
Head Coach Tony Levine called it the best workout of the spring and the team certainly looked sharp, cutting out the penalties and dropped passes, while bringing a high level of intensity to the practice.
David Piland performed well and got great efforts from receivers Daniel Spencer and Dewayne Peace. Both players caught touchdowns on Monday, including a pair of 40-yarders from Peace during 7-on-7 drills.
Spencer showed reliable hands and made several "big" plays over the middle. The Grandview, Texas, native made a great diving grab for a first down and extended for another pass before racing into the end zone.
Defensively Houston made plays as well. George Bamfo made a nifty interception of Piland (after a brief bobble) and Derrick Mathews continues to have an excellent spring. The sophomore batted down a Piland pass on a blitz and created havoc in the backfield on a number of possessions.
At the end of practice Coach Levine put his team into a two-minute drill and the first team offense went up against the first team defensive needing to go 70 yards for a score. Piland was sharp, hitting 9-of-13 throws for 70 yards and a score. Piland made an athletic play on fourth down, eluding the rush to throw a 17-yard completion to Peace to keep the drive alive. He then found Spencer in the end zone for the TD. Peace made two grabs for 27 yards on the drive, Spencer caught three passes for 35 yards and a TD, while Ronnie Williams made four catches for 18 yards.
The "twos" then took the field and Chance Blackmon made a spectacular 43-yard grab over a defender to put the team in scoring position, but the defense held firm and stopped the offense on four straight plays to win the segment.
Houston returns to practice on Wednesday back at the UH practice fields at 4:30 p.m.