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The University of Houston football team returned to practice on Tuesday (Sept. 26), the team's first day back in action since facing Texas last Saturday in Austin. After a loss to the No. 15 ranked Longhorns on the road, Cougar Head Coach Dana Dimel's was initially concerned there might be a possible letdown in the team's focus and attitude heading into this week's home game against SMU. Dimel's concerns were quickly dismissed.

"It was a great day at practice today, our team attitude was terrific," Dimel said. "The team knows what it has to do from this point forward and that was very encouraging. I thought this was going to be a key day. We have a lot of young players who are in starting assignments for the first time and I was on guard. We showed a lot of fortitude at today's practice and I'm very pleased."

Heading into the SMU game, a total of 17 of the 22 Cougars on the first string offense and defense are new to their starting roles from a year ago. Houston welcomes the return of receiver Kendall Williams to the starting lineup this week. Williams (Dallas, TX/Roosevelt HS) was injured in the LSU game (Sept. 9), missed the Army game and played some series against Texas. Dimel said he will now start ahead of Shawn Broadus and Damien Montgomery at outside receiver. Four of the team's top receivers from last season are sidelined with injuries.

Defensively Dimel will evaluate this week's practice to determine the starter at stud-safety, the fifth defensive back in the Cougars' 4-2-5 scheme. As of Tuesday senior David Williams (Sweeny, TX/Sweeny H.S) and redshirt freshman Heard Robinson (Houston/Nimitz H.S) were even on the depth chart.

Saturday's game will be the first meeting between Houston and SMU since the Southwest Conference disbanded in 1995. The teams have met 19 times dating back to 1975, but Saturday will be first meeting at Houston's O'Quinn Field at Robertson Stadium. The "I-45 Showdown" has been held at a number of different venues, and has even been played in a foreign country. In addition to games at the Astrodome, Texas Stadium, the Cotton Bowl and Owenby Stadium on the SMU campus, the 1983 UH-SMU game was played at the Tokyo Dome in Japan.

Kickoff is slated for 7:00 p.m. and will be Houston's last home game for almost a full month. The Cougars won't return home to "The Quinn" until a C-USA contest with nationally-ranked Southern Miss on October 28.

 

 

09/03/16
Oklahoma
vs Oklahoma
Houston, Texas (NRG Stadium)
11:00 AM
Tickets
09/10/16
Lamar
Lamar
TDECU Stadium
TBA
Tickets
09/15/16
Cincinnati
at Cincinnati
Cincinnati, Ohio
TBA
09/24/16
Texas State
at Texas State
San Marcos, Texas
TBA
09/29/16
UConn
UConn
TDECU Stadium
TBA
Tickets
10/08/16
Navy
at Navy
Annapolis, Md.
2:00 PM
10/15/16
Tulsa
Tulsa
TDECU Stadium
TBA
Tickets
10/22/16
SMU
at SMU
Dallas, Texas
TBA
10/29/16
UCF
UCF
TDECU Stadium
TBA
Tickets
11/12/16
Tulane
Tulane
TDECU Stadium
TBA
Tickets
11/17/16
Louisville
Louisville
TDECU Stadium
TBA
Tickets
11/25/16
Memphis
at Memphis
Memphis, Tenn.
TBA
12/03/16
vs TBD
TBD
TBA

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