Aug. 27, 2008
HOUSTON - With less than 72 hours until kickoff, the University of Houston football team continued preparations for the season opener practicing about an hour and a half on the practice fields on Wednesday.
The Cougars worked out in shoulder pads and shorts in the hot and humid Houston weather.
Head Coach Kevin Sumlin said that his players are extremely excited to finally hit the field for a game that counts in the standings.
"Our focus this week has been about us and getting better," Sumlin said. "We are anxious to see where we are on Saturday. I don't know where are yet but I do know that we are better than we were two and a half weeks ago. We'll find out a lot more about ourselves on Saturday night."
The Cougars open their 2008 season at 6 p.m., Saturday, when they play host to Southern in the Cougar Football Classic on John O'Quinn Field at Robertson Stadium. It will be the first meeting between these two teams on the gridiron.
Fans can hear the game live on 790 AM The Sports Animal with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action, David Klingler and Ted Pardee providing color analysis and Chuck Brown reporting from the sidelines. The pregame show is slated to begin one hour before kickoff.
Fans also can follow live stats over the Internet by clicking the Gametracker link at UHCougars.com.
Sumlin has been impressed with his defense's progress throughout the preseason and believes this weekend will provide a great opportunity to see how much the coaching staff's work has paid off.
"This game will be good for us. You will see a no huddle offense with an exceptional quarterback (Southern's Bryant Lee). He is a runner, thrower, playmaker and an experienced guy who is going to put pressure on our guys. We will have a pretty good idea of where we are dealing with a guy like that on Saturday night."
As for making his head coaching debut, Sumlin said he has had no time to even think about it.
"I haven't thought much about that. I won't think about that until Saturday. Things are happening so fast. We were just meeting and looking at tape and getting ready for practice today."