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    Oct. 17, 2006

    HOUSTON - The University of Houston football team began preparations for this weekend's Conference USA showdown against UTEP with a vigorous practice Tuesday afternoon on the UH practice fields.

    The Cougars compete in the first of their three remaining scheduled home games when they face Conference USA rival UTEP at 6 p.m., Saturday at John O'Quinn Field at Robertson Stadium. The game can be heard live on 790 AM The Sports Animal with the pregame show beginning one hour before kickoff. Tom Franklin will handle the play-by-play duties, while former record-setting UH quarterback David Klingler will provide color analysis. Former All-Southwest Conference center Chuck Brown serves as the sideline reporter.

    All Cougar Football games can be heard live on the Internet by logging onto www.UHCougars.com.

    The Cougars (4-3, 2-1 C-USA) come into the game after dropping a 31-27 decision at C-USA rival Southern Miss last weekend. Despite the team's third straight loss, Briles said there were many positives in the game against the Golden Eagles.

    "After viewing the tape, the Southern Miss game was the hardest our football team has played since I have been here," said UH head coach Art Briles, who is in his fourth season at the helm. "From that aspect, it was a very inspiring effort because we had people, across the board, playing as determined and as hungry as any team we have put on the field in the last four years."

    Junior wide receiver Jeron Harvey was another bright spot for the Cougars after hauling in six catches for 174 yards and two touchdowns against the Golden Eagles and will be a key target for senior quarterback Kevin Kolb in this weekend's game against the Miners.

    "We have quite a few threats on the offensive side of the ball," Briles said. "That in itself has allowed people to make plays, and Jeron has certainly done that in the last few weeks."

     

     

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