Coming off a blow-out loss at East Carolina last Saturday which featured play less-than-acceptable according to first-year head coach Dana Dimel, and a seemingly meaningless game for the Cougars as they close out the season on Saturday, Dimel and his coaching staff urged there are things to play for.
"There are two key things this week," said Dimel following practice. "First of all, coming back from last week and playing hard after not being pleased with our effort last Saturday is the key. Secondly, we've played really well in Robertson Stadium all year-two wins and we played great against Southern Miss-and I think we need to do that this week. We need to make sure we look back on the year and say we played well at the stadium because that's something we want to continue to do as we go on into the program.
"And the last thing, of course, is to just play hard for the seniors."
There are quite a few seniors who will take the field dressed in red and white for the final time on Saturday afternoon, including standout defensive players Josh Lovelady (Tidehaven HS/Midfield, TX), Emile White (Wheatley HS/Houston, TX) and All-American candidate Wayne Rogers (Waco University/Waco, TX) as well as four-year quarterback Jason McKinley (Westwood HS/Austin, TX) and wide receiver Kendall Williams (Roosevelt HS/Dallas, TX).
As the Cougars prepare to pass the torch onto another quarterback with McKinley's graduation, Dimel reassured that freshman back-up Bubba Teague (Cy-Fair HS/Houston, TX) will see action against Louisville, though not as much as he saw at East Carolina last weekend.
"Bubba is going to play, but Jason is going to play a lot more. It's his (McKinley) last game and his back was sore last week, he's feeling 100 percent so he's going to play a lot more this week."
Finally on the injury-front, Williams, who has been bothered by a
sore shoulder, looks probable against Louisville.