Female Fans Learn and Enjoy the Game at Cougar Football 101 for Women

    Cougar Football female fans take a tour of the locker room and learn about the equipment used on the field.
    Cougar Football female fans take a tour of the locker room and learn about the equipment used on the field.
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    June 11, 2010

    HOUSTON - Hundreds of University of Houston female football fans poured into the Athletics/Alumni Center on Thursday night to take part in Cougar Football 101 for Women presented by State Farm.

    This marked the third straight season that the Cougar Football program played host to the event with a record-setting crowd in attendance. The event was designed to help participants learn the game of football through offensive and defensive video reviews, a tour of the facilities and actual drills inside Yeoman Fieldhouse.

    The evening began in the Carl Lewis Auditorium, where head coach Kevin Sumlin welcomed the group and offered a pep talk to start the event. From there, offensive, defensive and special teams coaches each used video presentations to explain the rules of the game and strategy on the field during 2009 Cougar games.

    After the film sessions, the group broke into three smaller units and toured the sports medicine, sports performance and equipment areas.

    In the athletics training room, head athletics trainer Mike O'Shea showed the ladies equipment used to prevent injuries on the field and the rehabilitation facilities used to help student-athletes recover.

    At the end that presentation, O'Shea led a group of women in taping each other's ankles.

    Larry Jackson, director of sports performance, guided another group of women in drills used by the football student-athletes inside the Elmer Redd Strength and Conditioning Center. With Jackson barking out commands and blowing his whistle, the female fans took part in a 5-minute workout.



    Jay Takach, assistant athletics director for equipment operations, gave the ladies a tour of the locker room and displayed all the equipment the student-athletes wear on game day. To cap that session, two members from each group raced one another to see who could put on their complete uniform fastest (with a little help from the equipment staff.

    Once the lectures were over, it was time to see what the ladies could do on the field. With assistant coaches positioned across the artificial turf, the group was divided into smaller units and placed with a position coach.

    Assistant head coach Tony Levine worked with the ladies on kicking drills, while offensive line coach B.J. Anderson and defensive line coach Jim Jeffcoat showed the proper stance when working in the trenches.

    Offensive coordinator Jason Phillips led his group in footwork drills and tossed passes to each at the end, while co-offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury demonstrated how to throw a football.

    Cornerbacks coach Zac Spavital put the ladies through a rigorous drill focusing on footwork and reaction time, while running backs coach Clarence McKinney stressed more footwork and the importance of holding on to the ball at all times.

    After a 5-minute session with the first position coach, Sumlin happily blasted his foghorn and it was time to move to the next coach and drill.

    Coaches picked the top performers from each drill for long throw and kicking contests to end the night with prizes given away.

    Sumlin and the Cougars open the 2010 season when they play host to Texas State on Sept. 4 on John O'Quinn Field at Robertson Stadium.

    Fans can purchase season tickets now at the Athletics Ticket office from 8 a.m., to 5 p.m., Monday-through Friday, by calling 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or by visiting UHCougars.com and clicking the Tickets link.

    To order tickets, fan can visit the Athletics Ticket Office (located on the first floor of the Athletics/Alumni Center, 3100 Cullen Blvd.), or call 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) from 8 a.m., to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

    Fans always can purchase tickets to UH events, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by visiting UHCougars.com and clicking the Tickets link.

    Fans are encouraged to buy early with tickets being sold at a record pace.

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