Cougars Take Part In Situational Scrimmage

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    Aug. 23, 2007

    HOUSTON - With the season opener at Oregon just nine days away, the University of Houston scrimmaged for the final time this fall, working in scripted situations for well over an hour.

    While working on several game-type situations--1st and 10, 3rd and long, 3rd and short, to name just a few---the Cougars battled the afternoon heat and humidity in going head-to-head. After starting off with the crispness and intensity that has become the staple of an Art Briles-coached squad, the Houston team hit a mid-scrimmage funk that carried over to the remainder of the workout.

    "We started good. We wanted to simulate the crowd (at Oregon's Autzen Stadium), but the speaker blew and we couldn't keep that going," said Briles, the 2006 Conference USA Coach of the Year. "(The speaker malfunction) put us in a downward spiral as far as energy and enthusiasm. That's when our leaders have to pick it up. They have to lead for us because they have to provide (leadership) for us. It's not always going to be there.

    "(The leaders) have to provide that spark. That is something we have to work on as a team. Football is an emotional game. You have to be emotional on both sides of the ball as well as special teams. If we're going to play emotional football, we have to practice emotionally."

    The Cougars return to the practice fields tomorrow afternoon for a two-hour workout. After taking Saturday off, Houston jumps right into preparation for the Oregon on Sunday afternoon. The defending Conference USA champions take on the Oregon Ducks on Saturday, September 1, at 2:30 pm CDT. The game can be heard live on 790 The Sports Animal beginning one hour before kickoff with the pregame show hosted by the "Voice of the Cougars" Tom Franklin.



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