Levine hopes spring practices breed competition
Head coach Tony Levine has thrown his depth chart out the window.
Of course there are favorites to win jobs and returning starters, but Levine is anxious to see his players compete and earn places in the starting lineup, particularly UH’s veteran players.
“We have some guys that have in our program anywhere from one year to four years and it’s time for them to step up and play for us,” Levine said.
“I’m anxious to see how it all unfolds come April 13.”
The Cougars open the first of 15 spring practices today. If you subtract the three practices in helmets and the three scrimmages, that leaves just nine “true practices” for players to make an impression on the new coaching staff.
“We don’t ever count on any true freshman coming in and playing for us in the fall,” Levine said. “Naturally some will, but that to us becomes a bonus. When we get done with spring practice on April 13, that’s going to be the football team we plan on competing with in the 2012 season.
“It’s time for guys to step up and make plays for us and take over where our seniors left off.”