Female Fans Learn and Enjoy the Game at Cougar Football 101 for Women
June 11, 2010
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Fans are encouraged to buy early with tickets being sold at a record pace.