As head coach Dana Dimel has stressed all week following the Cougars' tough loss at Texas last weekend, balancing the Houston offense between passing and running the ball is a key to the team's success. And to strengthen both facets, the main focus has been working with the young, inexperienced receivers that have been asked to step up to the Cougar front line following a slew of injuries to the veteran, upper-classman this season.
"We're trying to get our wide receiver crew in line," said Dimel. "We're trying to cultivate some of the young guys and get everybody locked down in the positions that they are going to play in the ball game because there has been a lot of juggling there.
"We feel that we have the guys to get it done, we just have to get them adjusted by getting them in the right spots and give them enough reps at the right position. We're tying to find different ways to get particular receivers the football on Saturday night."
The return of senior wide receiver Kendall Williams, who was hurt in the Rice game, to the field on Saturday should provide some stability and veteran leadership to the offense. "We're looking for him (Williams) to break out and have a big game for us," said Dimel.
The Cougar defense, led by second-year coach Dick Bumpas, has been playing extremely well this season and is ready to take on SMU's passing offense.
"SMU has a lot of different formations and runs a lot of different routes out of those formations," Dimel said.
"We're making sure that we're in tune with what they are do with their formations and the different routes."