High Hopes In Houston

By Yolande Lezine
Updated: August 14, 2008

HOUSTON — The University of Houston Cougars football team recently held their Media & Fan Appreciation Day at the Alumni Athletics Center.

Media Day, which was postponed due to the bad weather presented by Tropical Storm Eduardo, was held last Thursday. Senior SS Kenneth Fontenette, DE Phillip Hunt and DT Tate Stewart are the leaders of the pack.

On offense, WR Mark Hafner, OL’s Michael Bloesch, and Sir Vincent Rogers are the leaders that were in attendance. QBs Case Keenum and Blake Joseph weren’t available on Media Day.

The Cougars held their annual “Fan Appreciation Day” for the players and new head coach Kevin Sumlin. Over 3,000 fans came to get autographs, take photos, buy merchandise and meet the team. It was also a time for the players’ families to come out and visit.

Houston is three weeks away from their season opener vs. the Southern Jaguars at Robertson Stadium. They are projected to finish second in the Conference USA West Division.

Fonetenette and Hunt were named to the Preseason All C-USA First Team and DL Ell Ash, C Carl Barnett, and OL Sebastian Vollmer were named to the second team. The Cougars have been picked to finish first or second in the West Division overall by various publications.

Hunt, a 6-foot-2, 260 defensive lineman was named to the Dave Campbell’s Texas Football All Texas College Team, Blue Ribbon College Football Yearbook All C-USA Preseason Team, and to the Preseason C-USA teams for College Football News.com, The Red Zone Report, Lindy’s Magazine, The Sporting News, SouthernCollegeSports.com, Phil Steele’s college football guide, and by the C-USA coaches.

He was also listed as one of the five Big-time players who deserve a bigger spotlight by College Football News.com. “I try not to focus on individual honors,” Hunt said.

“I want to stay focus on what we’re doing as a team. Team is what it’s all about.”

The team will go through two-a-days from now through August 21st. Practices are open to all fans.