Football Looks Ahead to LSU
HOUSTON -- The University of Houston football team returned to the practice field for the first time since its season opener at Rice on Saturday (Sept. 2).
A pair of senior receivers, Orlando Iglesias and Kendall Williams, are injured and will be unavailable for the LSU game this Saturday (Sept. 9) in Baton Rouge, La., announced Houston Head Coach Dana Dimel. Iglesias, an all-conference candidate with almost 160 receptions and 2,100 yards in his UH career, sprained his ankle at Rice. Williams, a native of Dallas who has seen action as a receiver and returning kicks, is out with a knee injury.
Dimel will work with a combination of three reserves to fill the vacant spots on the receiving corps. Juniors Shawn Broadus (Miami, Fla./Mesa Community College) and Ethan Ross (Provo, Utah/Dixie Junior College) and true freshman Mark Hopkins all had substantial work in practice Tuesday and are expected to see time with the first string at LSU.
"This is a really big week and will be a tremendous test for us," Dimel said. "We just got a little younger losing Orlando and Kendall, but I have a lot of confidence the players, all the players on both sides of the ball, will know what is expected of them in this situation.
"LSU is a sensational environment for college football, but the (Houston) players won there last year so they know it's not impossible to do," added the Cougars' new head coach. "That will make LSU very focused on this game so our practice must be up-tempo and very polished."
Other changes to the UH practice lineup Tuesday included moving
6-foot-4, 288-pound offensive lineman Grover Thompson (Milwaukee, Wis./North
Dakota State) to tight end. A pair of true freshmen, Jermain Woodard
(Houston/Dobie HS) and Chad Davis (Lake Jackson, Tex./Brazosport HS), moved
from running back to the defensive secondary.