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Cougars in the NFL set tone for UH training camp

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After going through scrimmage on Saturday, Houston Football steps foot onto the field, once again, Monday morning.

Houston head coach, Tom Herman, held a meeting with the coaching staff this Sunday to determine the depth chart- but, not before the coaching staff made the players go through an exercise for Sunday night.

“The first thing we did [was]: Major (Applewhite) asked them ‘what one word do you think of when you think of last year’s team?’” Herman said. “They all kind of thought for a little bit and each guy had a different word and said, ‘ok, now I want you to speak about that word on Sunday night and why that words comes to your mind and what it means to you in terms of preparation of winning a championship.”

The players wound up going about the exercise.

The captains took their role seriously Sunday night by briefing the newcomers on what it takes to win a championship.

All the while, former Cougars were taking snaps during the National Football League preseason games.

Throughout the second half of the San Diego Chargers and Tennessee Titans, Kenneth Farrow was the centerpiece of the Chargers’ offense. The former Cougar had the ball in his hands 18 times and provided support when the backup quarterbacks struggled to find their footing.

Pittsburgh Steelers’ Demarcus Ayers carried the ball 14 times against the Detroit Lions.

Unfortunately, the Cincinnati Bengals’ first round pick, William Jackson III, did not play due to having suffered a torn pec in practice.

It was definitely a productive weekend for current and former Cougars- a feat that had coach Herman on humorous side.

“if you would’ve told me last January when we got here that we’ll have eight rookies in NFL camps, I [would’ve] called you crazy,” Herman said.

While recognizing the success of his former players, Herman made sure his current players maintained their focus on current matters.

“The guys worked their tails off to get where they’re at, and I think it’s important to briefly share,” Herman said. “We don’t make a huge deal about it but I think the guys do a pretty good job of keeping up and getting ready.”

With only two Saturdays left, the Cougars will need plenty of getting ready for when they step on the field for their season-opener against quarterback, Baker Mayfield, and the Oklahoma Sooners at NRG Stadium on Sep. 3.

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