Aug. 6, 2001
Amid the heat and humidity of a typical Houston summer, the 2001 version of the Houston Cougars hit the field today for the start of the annual two-a-day practices.
Yesterday was the official reporting date for the Cougar newcomers-a variety of true freshmen, junior-college transfers and walk ons. Today the squad of newcomers put on helmets and cleats and headed to the practice fields for workouts this morning and late this afternoon.
UH head coach Dana Dimel reports all looks good after the first day.
"So far everything has run extremely smooth," commented the second-year head coach. "We got the kids in here yesterday to get them acclimated to this program and the university. Today we had a pretty good look at what they can do on the field.
"We have a lot of talent in this group. I feel pretty good about not only this season, but the future of Cougar football."
The young Cougars will continue with two-a-days tomorrow beginning at 9:30 a.m. and following up with an afternoon practice at 4:10 p.m. Both will be held in just shorts and helmets and take place on the practice fields behind the Garrison Gym.
Wednesday the newcomers will have off to participate in basic freshman orientation concerning academics, NCAA rules and financial aid, to name just a few. The newcomers will greet the Cougar returnees that day, as the full squad will meet for the first time later that evening.
Full squad two-a-days begins on Friday, August 10.