Dec. 30, 2011
DALLAS - Houston Football returned to the practice field on Friday, working out for nearly two hours at Mesquite High School in nearby Mesquite, Texas. The Cougars departed the Omni Hotel a little before 9:30 a.m. CT and traveled to Mesquite where they went through a full practice under the watchful eye of new head coach Tony Levine.
The practice was physical and intense in the early portion, with the offensive and defensive lines getting in quality contact work in preparation for Monday's season finale. As usual, the pace was quick and efficient and exactly what the team needed after Thursday's bus ride.
"It was a good workout," Head Coach Tony Levine said. "Guys were focused and it was nice getting that bus ride worked out of their legs. We may be in a new venue and in somewhat new surroundings, but we are into our normal game week preparation, so this was business as usual for our ball club."
The Cougar skill position players also looked sharp. Tyron Carrier made a nice grab in the back corner of the end zone and freshman Mark Roberts continued to play well making a number of non-routine grabs.
The trip to Dallas is a homecoming for several Cougars, including another wide out, Justin Johnson.Johnson has enjoyed a career senior campaign, recording career highs in catches (75), receiving yards (1,081) and TDs (11).
"There are a lot of Dallas-area guys, so this has been a great trip for us," Richardson native Justin Johnson said. "Really, it's just nice to have our fans around and I know a lot of them will be coming up to support us on Monday."
The Cougars will get some time this afternoon to meet with family and friends and will attend the Dallas Mavericks game tonight at the American Airlines Center. The Mavs face the Toronto Raptors at 7:30 p.m. CT.
Practice continues on Saturday at 10 a.m. back at Mesquite High School.