Doing things a little different here. I thought it would be beneficial to Houston Cougars fans to post my blog transcripts from the first half of the their first scrimmage of the 2009 training camp. Enjoy!
August 15, 2009 John O'Quinn Field at Robertson Stadium 11:30AM
It's a bright and sunny day here in Houston...VERY hot.
Case Keenum is looking good in warm-ups. All of his passes have been on target. I'm excited to see him in action this season!
Another guy that looks sharp is Cotton Turner, a red shirt sophomore out of Sugarland, TX.
Wide out Tyron Carrier was a little hard to find, he has his jersey so tucked up in the front that you can't see his jersey.
Coach Sumlin has his guys ready to go today. I don't think they'll disappoint these fans. Speaking of fans, I think there's a couple hundred out here in the 90+ degree weather.
Still haven't seen a bad pass from Keenum yet.
Grass is green, sun is out and it's time for some football!
First Series—The scrimmage started out with two runs by Bryce Beall and a completed Keenum pass to number 82 Chance Blackmon.
Run by Beall for eight yards.
Keenum incomplete pass.
Keenum sacked. Turnover on downs. The offense came out a little flat.
The first-team defense has looked pretty solid so far. OH BIG HIT! These guys are hitting hard today! I almost jumped out of my seat.
Second Series—Cotton Turner is showing some butterflies out there with some bad passes. Three and out.
Third Series—WR James Cleveland is doing some solid work out there. Two back-to-back big gains, hooking up with Keenum.
Bryce Beall almost broke one for a touchdown. Offense is driving down the field.
On third and two, Charles Sims stopped for no gain. Fourth down on the 5 yard line.
FG. 3-0, first-team offense.
Apparently new athletic director Mark Rhoades is in attendance today. I think he is down on the sidelines.
A little FYI for you, Houston's Major League Soccer team, Houston Dynamo played here last night and the field still looks great (great job field crew). The Dynamo share Robertson Stadium with U of H.
Fourth Series—TOUCHDOWN! No.5 Charles Sims on a run from five yards out. 3-7 in favor of the second-team offense.
Fifth series—First unit is back out. Carrier looked very explosive in his first catch. This guy has some serious speed! I want to see what he can do in the open field.
Wow, wide receiver Patrick Edwards is fast as well, just caught one and raced for about 15 yards up the middle. I really like Houston's offense, they started out a little rusty but they've really come along.
Sims almost scored again.
Keenum almost threw a touchdown...just out of reach. Second and six.
Beall just got stood up at the line of scrimmage. Third and one.
TOUCHDOWN! Keenum scores from three yards out on a sneak. 10-7 in favor of the first-team offense.
It's been really refreshing to watch coach Sumlin. He seems to have a very relaxed and laid back approach but he has the respect of this team.
Sixth Series—They are in the hurry-up offense.
Turner sacked on second and one. Third and six coming up.
Pass completed to Tim Monroe for a first down.
Defense has gotten a little soft on the first and second teams...must be the heat.
FG attempt. It's good, about a 30-yarder. 10-10.
Special teams work.
There are two players in front of me doing up-downs. You former players know what I'm talking about...guess they blew an assignment out on the field.
Wow, the punter just punted it about 60 or 70 yards! Definitely got the attention of the crowd.
Well guys, that wraps it up for me. It's halftime. Thanks for tuning in.
Overall, the scrimmage was a very good experience. Today was also Fan Appreciation Day so people brought their kids and made it a family affair.
I still hold true to my feelings that the Cougars are going to be special this year.
When reporters asked Coach Sumlin what he liked most about the scrimmage, he replied with a sense of relief. "I didn't see injuries. Any time you can get 100 snaps and not get anyone badly hurt, you are good and getting better. Obviously, we got a lot of snaps for some young guys and did some situational work. "
The Cougar offense generated 455 yards of total offense, 386 through the air and 69 on the ground.
Defensively, the Cougars played pretty well in the scorching heat. They produced eight tackles for losses and five sacks with two forced fumbles.
Keenum ended the afternoon on a solid note, going nine of 11 for 111 yards and a score on the ground while Turner led all quarterbacks going 12 for 21 and 140 yards and a score on the ground. Sophomore Bryce Beall run for 32 yards on six carries.
Houston starts their season on Saturday, September 5th at 4:00PM at home against Northwestern State.