After Saturday's annual Red and White Spring Game, the University of Houston football team invited children down on the field to participate in the 2011 Youth Experience. Kids spent time working out with the players, position-by-position. Kirby participated in these activities.
The event was well-attended; an estimated 150 kids of grade-school age participated.Running back Michael Hayes (#29) offers encouragement as Kirby negotiates the obstacle course set up at the running back station. The children were divided into groups and spent about five minutes or so rotating between each position's station.
Kirby tests his blocking skills against OL Ralph Oragwu (#69) at the offensive line station.
Kirby watches as QB Case Keenum (#7) demonstrates how to catch a ball at the quarterbacks station. Kirby, however, was more interested in hiking the ball, rather than throwing it. Maybe he wants to grow up to play center!
I really appreciate that, even though they must have been exhausted after the spring scrimmage ended, all the players and coaches took the time to interact with their youngest fans. Kirby enjoyed it and will likely participate again next year.
As for the spring game itself: it's really hard to get a feeling for what to expect this fall, especially since it was first-team offense against second-team defense and vice versa, and also because so many key players were held out or otherwise saw little playing time in the scrimmage. The running backs and receivers look good, and I was happy to see the defensive line put more pressure on the quarterbacks and bat down several passes. The secondary also looked improved, but I still have concerns about the run defense. And all I can say about the quarterbacks position is that I hope Case Keenum gets healthy this summer and stays healthy this fall.
There's still a lot of time between now and the start of the season, however, so what we saw on the field last Saturday is probably not going to be what the UH faithful see in the fall.