Reporting Nate Griffin
HOUSTON (CBS Houston) - Friday night was an anticipated event for Head Coach Tony Levine and the Houston Cougars as all things new were soon to be tested on the field in the Red and White Scrimmage.
“Our kids wanted to come out and put on a good show for our fans and for each other,” said Levine. “I thought our fans would enjoy a little trickery.”
The Cougars delivered as the Red defeated the White 42-28. The Red out-dueled the White in passing yards 523 to 371. The Red also finished with 605 total offensive yards while the White netted 392.
Four Cougar quarterbacks participated and played in a way that satisfied the Head Coach.
“All four quarterbacks execute the offense very well,” said Levine. “There’s no doubt in my mind that if we had to play a game today, we could.” But the Coach also noted that all four quarterbacks should have a better tempo by September.
PILAND LED THE WAY
Redshirt sophomore QB David Piland led the way with 276 and 2 touchdowns on 21-of-27 passing. While Piland only missed on 6 of his passes, he knows that the future does provide a bright outlook.
“We’ll focus on things we saw in the spring and work on everything that needs to be fixed before the fall comes around.”
Former Lamar High School and redshirt freshman Bram Kohlhausen finished 13-of-21 for 178 yards, 2 interceptions, and a touchdown for the Red. He was 8-of-12 for 92 yards and 1 touchdown for the white.
All four quarterbacks for both sides were sacked a total of 9 times which means that the coaching staff certainly wanted to know if the defense had a clue of what they were doing.
“It was good on both sides of the ball,” says Levine. “We didn’t show everything we’re doing next season, but we’re
going to be based on defense.”
OFFENSIVE WITHOUT SIMS
Redshirt junior running back Charles Sims did not play on Friday night. The coaching staff wanted to give reps to redshirt freshman RB Kenneth Farrow, redshirt senior Braxton Welford, and others.
The Cougars are looking to develop depth for the season especially with the addition of Farrow who rushed for 62 yards and 2 touchdowns on 11 carries.
“He’s been a tremendous and pleasant surprise,” said Levine. “He hasn’t surprised himself, but he sure has surprised me.”
Redshirt senior WR Marcus Williams was the leading receiver for the White Team with 115 yards on 10 catches. He had a long reception of 49 yards. Junior WR Dwayne Peace led the way for the Red Team with 104 yards and 2 touchdowns on 8 receptions.
COUGARS SET TO DEFEND
Lester Block and freshman LB Travon Randle led the way with 8 and 7 tackles respectively for the White Team while junior CB Kent Brooks and redshirt senior LB Kris Johnston each had 7 for the Red Team. Efrem Oliphant played well sacking the White Team quarterbacks 2.5 times and leading both squads with 3 tackles for loss.
Redshirt sophomore LB Miller Pierce registered 2 sacks and 2 tackles for loss for the White Team. Levine had a positive assessment of his team following the scrimmage.
We have definitely made progress since the first scrimmage,” said Levine. “We’ve all come together as players and also with the coaches. We have a better understanding of what each other are doing and where everyone will be on the field at a certain time.”
Next up for the Cougars– two-a-days!