Football Hits the Field to Prepare for Southern Miss

HOUSTON (Oct. 24) - The University of Houston football team returned to practice on Tuesday (Oct. 24), the team's first day back in drills after a triple-overtime win on the road at Memphis last Saturday. Cougar Head Coach Dana Dimel is hoping to convert the positives of an open date on the schedule two weeks ago (Oct. 14) and the Memphis win into an upset of No. 14 ranked Southern Miss this Saturday.

"There's nothing like momentum," Dimel said. "We had good practices around the open date and I think that helped at Memphis. Now we've got a win and the practice was very good again today. You can see a real attitude change an that will be important for us.

"Hopefully the good work will build for us, and we will have some real momentum," Dimel added. "We have to stay focused but not overdo the intensity of practice on Tuesday or Wednesday. I have to make sure all the positives are peaking Saturday."

Dimel was pleased with some of individual performances in the Memphis game. In addition to noting the senior trio of cornerback Emile White (Houston/Wheatley HS), linebacker Wayne Rogers (Waco/University HS) and defensive lineman Nikia Adderson (Barwell, SC), Dimel also praised the play of redshirt freshman Josh Tubbs (Belton, TX/Belton HS) on the defensive line. As a unit the UH defense posted a season-high five sacks and held Memphis to a season-low 14 first downs.

Dimel stated another solid defensive effort will be needed when facing a Southern Miss team ranked No. 14 in the country.

"Southern Miss is one of the best team in teams in the country and certainly one of the best we'll face all season," Dimel said. "They have one loss, which was early and on the road at Tennessee, and they shut out Alabama - in Alabama. It's a test and we'll see how far we've come as a team these past two months. We're at home and that is a plus for us."

The Cougars are 6-1 in home games at O'Quinn Field at Robertson Stadium the last two years. Houston defeated USM in Robertson in triple overtime, 56-49, in its Liberty Bowl season of 1996. The game is UH's Homecoming. Kickoff will be at 2:30 p.m. and broadcast on the radio in the Houston area on KBME (790 AM).



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