Football Ready to Go at 2007 Texas Bowl

Dec. 27, 2007

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HOUSTON - After more than a month since its last game, the University of Houston football team wrapped up preparations for Friday's game against TCU during the Texas Bowl at Reliant Stadium.

During its busiest day of bowl preparations, the Cougar players enjoyed their lightest workout of the week. The team traveled to Reliant Stadium early in the afternoon to participate in its walk-through. After putting the finishing touches on the TCU game plan, the Cougars enjoyed an energetic pep rally at the Hyatt Regency Downtown.

Fans can hear the game live on 790 AM The Sports Animal with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action, David Klingler and Ted Pardee providing color analysis and Chuck Brown reporting from the sidelines. The pregame show is slated to begin one hour before kickoff.

Fans also can follow live stats over the Internet by clicking the Gametracker link at UHCougars.com.

The game also will be televised live on the NFL Network (DirecTV channel 212/Dish Network channel 154) with Brad Sham calling the play-by-play action, Charles Davis and Mike Mayock providing color analysis and Kimberly Jones on the sidelines. It will be the sixth time this season that the Cougars will play on television.

The game also will be broadcast live on Westwood One Radio with Don Criqui handling play-by-play duties and Allen Pinkett as the color analyst.

The day started at Morton's The Steakhouse where Thurmond joined TCU head coach Gary Patterson at a press conference.

From there, Thurmond headed to Reliant Stadium where he joined the rest of the Cougar coaching staff and players for the team's walk-through. After practicing for about an hour, the team returned to its headquarters for the week.

However, the stay was short-lived for the Cougar seniors, who traveled to DePelchin Children's Center, where they visited, signed autographs and played with the facility's students.

"It becomes better when you can become a role model to young kids and they can see that there are things you can do, like go to college," senior cornerback Harry Simon said. "When they see the things that we can do like go to college and play sports, it becomes a stepping stone for them."

Senior wide receiver Perry McDaniel, who will tie the UH career record when he competes in his 50th consecutive game Friday, agreed with his defensive counterpart.

"It puts things in perspective for us. We are very fortunate to be where we are, playing a game in front of thousands of people," McDaniel said. "For better or worse, a lot of young people look up to us because we are athletes. It's a great opportunity for kids to come and talk to us. I remember when I was little that getting autographs was the biggest deal in the world."

After visiting with those students, the seniors returned to the team headquarters where they joined Cougar cheerleaders, band members, the Frontiersmen and hundreds of UH fans in the lobby for a spirited pep rally.

Following the pep rally, the Cougar players and coaches moved to another part of the hotel where they were sized for their custom-fit Texas Bowl boots as part of their bowl gift bag.



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