Sep 5, 2013
When Houston receiver Shane Ros tore his ACL last spring, he knew he wouldn't be able to play this fall. That didn't change Ros' influence with the team, however, as he remains a constant presence around practice and Houston games, home and away. While he's around the program, Ros will provide an inside look and player's perspective of the program to UHCougars.com.
Week two of the season is upon us following a 62-13 victory over Southern on Friday night. Reliant Stadium was electric and the fans were rowdy as ever. Credit them with our home field advantage that was a major factor from the opening kickoff and provided a critical edge over the Jaguars. Southern proved to be great a test and provided the team its first opportunity to display an offseason of hard work and preparation. While the Coogs were far from perfect and have plenty of room for improvement, it was an unforgettable feeling to step back on the field and in front of our fans for the first time in nearly nine months.
For me, one of the most enjoyable aspects of the opening game is seeing our freshmen lace up their cleats for the first time. The look on their faces when they step out of the tunnel is truly priceless as childhood goals are realized and youthful dreams come true. I still remember my first game versus Texas State back in 2010 like it was yesterday and it's a memory I'll never forget.
Although we enjoyed opening the season with a win, it is now in our rearview as we set our eyes on Temple. The 2013 team has lofty goals and this week’s game is the next step in attaining them. Temple is an American Athletic Conference member and it is critical to start league play off on the right foot. It’s also a milestone game marking the first ever American football contest and it will be played at Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Philadelphia Eagles. As players it is always fun to play in NFL stadiums and this will be our second in as many weeks.
Just like any other week our preparation will determine our performance. We can't afford to waste any days and need to bring the same focus and determination we had last week. But judging from the hard work and extra hours my teammates and coaches have put in that should be a non-issue.
The wheels go up for Philly on Friday and game day will be here before we know it! Until next time.
Shane Ros #19