Aug. 7, 2001
Day Two of the 2001 Houston football camp is complete, and UH head football coach has been impressed so far with the entire crew of Cougar newcomers.
Knowing that he has a few holes to fill at quarterback, secondary and at linebacker, Dimel sees progress and development at these three key areas.
"I've been really pleased with the quarterbacks," commented the second-year head coach. "Right now it looks like we're going to have three of these kids step up and challenge for the position, not necessarily for the starting position but give us a solid backup.
"We've also been looking to develop some depth at our cornerback position, and we have four kids right now who are candidates that have looked good. These are guys that might be able to help us this year."
As for linebackers, Dimel thinks the three linebackers currently in camp (junior college transfer John Shivers and freshmen Bryant Brown and Bruce Robinson, brother of junior wide receiver Brian Robinson) have a good shot at playing time in 2001 and add depth to this slot on defense.
Dimel has also looked to shore up the special teams this season. Even though there are plenty of new faces not only as newcomers, but also in returnees, Dimel is confident this area of the Cougar football team will be vastly improved from a year ago.
"We're feeling pretty good about special teams," added Dimel. "Thomas Gafford has been quite a surprise as a snapper so far in camp."
The Cougar newcomers have tomorrow off, so to speak, not having the regular two-a-days of practice, but instead spend the day in freshmen orientation to become acclimated to college life. The full squad meets for the first time tomorrow night, and the annual Media Day is slated for Thursday morning and early afternoon.
Houston returns to two-a-days this Friday with workouts scheduled for 9:30 a.m. and 4:50 p.m.