April 9, 2012
Houston, Texas -
Houston Football opened the final week of Spring Practice on Monday, hosting a two-hour workout on an absolutely gorgeous afternoon in the Third Ward.
Houston Select Football League
Practices are quickly winding down as the 12th workout of the spring was held and just three more (including Friday's Red & White Spring Game) remain on the schedule.
Houston continued to work heavily on its special teams today, getting work for their coverage and return units. There continues to be a close competition for the role of punt returner and it looks like that competition will continue into the fall. A number of Cougars have taken reps in the punt return role, including Damian Payne, Dewayne Peace, Casey Martin, Charles Sims and others.
Following the special teams segment the skill position players went into 7-on-7 drills and Aaron Johnson quickly made a name for himself, making numerous catches and showing great ability to get up the field after the grab. Johnson made four catches in 7-on-7 drills and made even more during the "team" segment to close the practice. Unofficially Johnson made eight grabs (when we were watching).
A former quarterback, Johnson has played with the wide receivers for about four practices this spring and has quickly moved up the depth chart and took extensive reps with the first unit.
Other players standing out on Monday were Marcell Bates and Peace. Bates caught a 60-yard strike from Crawford Jones in 7-on-7 and Peace showed steady, reliable hands throughout the workout. In fact Peace hauled in two of the most important grabs of the day, making a third-down catch to keep a drive alive and a second third-down reception for a TD.
Jones also threw a touchdown strike to Marcus Williams in the corner of the endzone. Williams was battling with a defensive back on the play, but managed to get one foot down for the TD.
Defensively UH got interceptions from Alex Tillman and Colton Valencia. Valenica picked off Bram Kohlhausen to stop a drive in 7-on-7 and also picked off Jones during the team segment. Tillman stepped in front of a Piland pass in 7-on-7, but that was one of the few errant throws from the sophomore all afternoon.
Special Thank You:
It was great seeing Major Ryan Adams out at practice today! Adams just returned to Houston after spending more than a year in Afghanistan. Adams is a life-long Cougar and we were so proud to have him at practice on Monday.
The Cougars return to the practice fields on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. The practice schedule has changed slightly this week. In addition to a practice on Tuesday the club will practice on Thursday (4:30 p.m.) and complete spring football on Friday night at 7 p.m. with the annual Red & White Game at Robertson Stadium.
The scrimmage is free to the public and more information about the event can be found HERE.
Houston Football was also proud to welcome members of the Houston Select Football League to practice. The young men took a brief tour of the facility and spoke with Maria Peden (Associate Athletics Director - Life Skills) about academics at the college level, Tara Boening (Performance Nutritionist) about dietary habits and Antwan Floyd about strength and conditioning.