Football Team Concentrating on Special Teams as Season Opener Looms

HOUSTON -- The University of Houston football team continued their nine-day regiment in preparation for the season opener at Rice on September 2 at practice on Wednesday, August 23, with an emphasis on special teams, particularly on blocking kick-off returns. Players broke down to a one-on-one basis rather than working the entire play itself.

"Right now the major focus is on special teams, so we broke down each play to an individual player basis and spent time with the specific details," said Cougar head coach Dana Dimel. "We want each player to sharpen his skills as well as raise his overall skill level, and going one-on-one allows you to maximize each step of the overall play and then work from there. I think we took a big step today."

In addition to focusing on special teams, Dimel and his coaching staff also continue to concentrate on fine-tuning the new offensive scheme.

"We'll spend the next nine to ten days working on special teams and polishing the offense," added Dimel. " We'll spend time on the details of both the offense and defense."

Dimel also added that the mental preparation of an upcoming game is a major focus and something the staff is stressing daily. "We're continuing to work hard with the kids to get them to understand that the practice field is a work place so that they will play with an unmatched intensity."



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