April 4, 2012
Houston, Texas - April 4, 2012 Practice Photo Gallery
Houston Football returned to action on Wednesday, competing back at the Houston Texans' indoor facility due to another afternoon of inclement weather in the Houston area.
The team hosted a two-hour workout inside the "bubble", which was capped by a live team segment to close out the practice. Coach Levine appeared very happy with the progress of his defense and that side of the football forced three turnovers, each of which were interceptions, against Crawford Jones, Bram Kohlhausen and Drew Hollingshead.
Interceptions from Austin Wilson, Efrem Oliphant and Earl Foster halted early drives in that portion of the workout and overall the defensive limited the offense to a pair of 37-yard field goals from the always-reliable Matt Hogan. Hollingshead did respond nicely after his interception however, throwing a 36-yard score to Aaron Johnson to cap off the live period.
The team segment was designed to produce a number of different matchups and scenarios and perhaps the most impressive offensive drive came with David Piland at quarterback. The sophomore drove the offense from its own four-yard line, leading to a Hogan field goal. Piland was sharp, hitting Dewayne Peace, Isaiah Sweeney and Daniel Spencer on the drive before Hogan connected on his second make of the day.
Defensively the team looked sharp across the board, generating a solid pass rush from the down-four linemen and getting pressure from blitzing linebackers. Zeke Riser and Ameen Behbahai each batted down throws and the ability of linebackers Derrick Mathews, Phillip Steward and Efrem Oliphant to create hurried throws because of their speed should excite Houston fans for the fall.
Houston did not utilize the services of Charles Sims in the live period. Sims, who is healthy, participated in practice, but had his reps distributed to a number of young backs vying for playing time this fall.
UH returns to practice on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. Weather permitting the practice will be held on the UH practice fields and will be open to the public.