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    HOUSTON (April 7) - The University of Houston football team held its first scrimmage of the spring on Saturday (April 7) morning at Robertson Stadium on the UH campus after only six practices in spring ball. Second-year head coach Dana Dimel and his staff, who are poised with the best recruiting class in Conference USA for this upcoming season, are very pleased with what they have seen from the team thus far.

    "We completed 103 plays today, which is great because the goal was to get over the centruy mark in plays," Dimel said after practice. "We were able to look at a lot of different formations and plays that we will be using during the season."

    With the official Red and White game just two weeks away (April 21), the team used today's scrimmage to concentrate on balance from both sides of the ball, with the offense and defense each having a sound 50/50 work-out.

    "Defensively, this was the best practice of the spring," Dimel continued. "They stepped it up, tackled much better and were more assignment-sound. "We still have to work on pass coverage and polishing the offense, but overall today was the first time this spring where the defense and offense were balanced on the field."

    Dimel, a strong advocate of a powerful run-and-shoot offense, and his coaches have been very pleased with the performance of the Cougar offense this spring, and have made no secret about it. "Up until this part of the spring, our offense has been very impressive," Dimel said. "We have been extremely pleased with how the running backs have played, and I'm also very pleased with how Kelly Robertson has played at quarterback for us."

    Robertson, a junior and native of Port Neches, Texas, joins Houston this year after transferring from Dixie College. Dimel has preached nothing but praise for him, as well as the play of tight ends Grover Thompson (Sr./Milwaukee, Wis.), Kyle Brown (So./Brampton, Ontario) and Jonathan Pritchett (Jr./Friendswood, Texas), who missed all of last season due to injury and looks to have a big year.

    On the defensive side of the ball, linebackers Justin Davis (So./Houston, TX) and Arthur Gissendanner (Sr./Bradenton, Fla.) have made strides this spring as have junior Bryan Hill (Jr./Winter Haven, Fla.) and senior Rufus Williams (Sr./Dayton Beach, Fla.) at the defensive tackle position.

    The Cougars hold their second and final scrimmage of the spring at Robertson Stadium next Saturday (April 14) beginning at 10 a.m., and following three more practices the following week, close out spring ball with the annual Red and White Game on April 21 at 11 a.m. at Robertson Stadium.

     

     

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