Aug. 17, 2001
On the eve of their second fall scrimmage the University of Houston football team wrapped up a day of light workouts, hitting the practice fields for a two-hour workout this morning and an hour-long one this afternoon.
With the second week of two-a-days gradually winding down, Cougar head coach Dana Dimel is doing more fine tuning as he heads into the second of three intra-squad scrimmages tomorrow morning. The scrimmage will take place at Robertson Stadium beginning at 11:05 a.m. The entire scrimmage is expected to last at least two hours.
"We've had some really good practices lately," said Dimel. "I am starting to see our passing game polishing up, as well as our running game.
"We're into the two-a-day grind right now, and the biggest thing we try to accomplish is consistency. This is the biggest thing we strive to do during two-a-days (and) that is to be consistent in your workouts."
Dimel also stressed they have started working on opponent work, looking at the Cougars first few opponents of the 2001 campaign and trying to iron out any potential problems.
`We are looking to be more specific with things we want to do to attack (the opposition) offensively and defending them defensively," added Dimel. "We've also had some good, extended segments on special teams. We've done a good job of simulating this over a few days of practice."
One area of concern for Dimel is injuries, but the Cougars have been relatively injury-free this fall. Outside of normal bumps and bruises, the only significant injury for Houston was the season-ending knee injury suffered by backup linebacker Travis Griffith, a redshirt freshman.
"Some of the guys are already coming back," commented Dimel. "We have to make sure to avoid any major injuries leading up to the Rice game in two weeks."
After tomorrow's scrimmage the Cougars have one practice on Sunday before resuming its final day of two-a-days on Monday. Tuesday's workout is slated for 9:30 a.m., and Wednesday is the first day of classes for all UH students.