For the first time since the full squad began two-a-days, the Cougars practiced only once on Sunday, and Dimel saw some impressive workouts from the team. Dimel put his team through over two hours of practice this afternoon, and the Cougars responded with a hard and determined workout.
"This is the first day we only had one practice," commented Dimel. "We have been putting them through a very hard morning workout and then lightening it up in the afternoon. They came out today with a very physical practice, which was very impressive.
"We worked a bunch on tackling, scrimmaging and the kicking game. I want this team to focus on learning how to practice. "So far, their work ethic has been outstanding. Our (practice) pace is ahead of schedule at this point."
The Cougars have stayed injury-free this fall, sans the normal bumps, bruises and bouts with cramps and dehydration. Despite the searing Houston heat, the Cougars will continue their two-a-day workouts tomorrow with a 9:30 a.m. morning practice and an afternoon drill beginning at 4:50 p.m. Houston is slated for its first scrimmage of the 2000 preseason on Wednesday, August 16, at 9:30 a.m. at John O'Quinn Field at Robertson Stadium. The public is invited to attend.