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    HOUSTON (August 22) - The University of Houston football team returned to practice on Tuesday, August 22, after two consecutive days off. Sunday (Aug. 20) was the day after the first red-white scrimmage and Monday was the University's first day of classes.

    The scrimmage and the end of two-a-day drills from the previous two weeks resolved many of the starting lineup questions in the mind of Cougar head coach Dana Dimel. With the exception of one or two spots, Dimel and the coaching staff are continuing to iron out the second and third string positions before the season opener at Rice on September 2.

    "Today was the first day back to practice and with the end of two-a-days we're really trying to stress the importance of preparation," Dimel said.

    "We'll have a big season-opener in 11 days and players might have a hard time seeing just how little time that is to prepare. School has started and there's only one practice a day now so it will be a lot easier for them to get distracted. There is success in preparation, so a lot of today was simply making the best of limited time.

    "During two-a-days we revisited what we did in the spring and tried to sharpen our assignments." Dimel added. "Now we'll begin to look at some things we think our first couple of opponents will do, and that will get the players and the coaches in a routine of how to prepare week-by-week once we're in season. It goes back to preparation, and we don't have the luxury of two-a-days any more."

    The Cougars were without the services of junior tight end Jonathan Pritchett Tuesday. The standout from Friendswood, Tex., has an injured leg and is expected to miss the season-opener. Pritchett started eight games last season and was a member of the Conference USA All-Freshman team in 1998.


     

     

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