BM - I was asked to come for an interview with Coach Briles on 2/15/07. Needless to say that I was very excited at the time and still am at this time.
JS - There is great respect in the Houston Cougar community for our strength and conditioning program. What is your take on this program when compared to others you have seen?
BM - Larry Jackson is one of the best in this sport when it comes down to knowing what players bodies need to stay on top of there game.
JS - Tell us a little about your professional days as a Houston Oiler and some valuable experiences and advice you feel can be passed on to your players.
BM - Well it goes without saying that my professional career was an exciting time in my life. The chance to play with some of the best players in the game and to have played with some Hall Of Famers. This sport has allowed me to meet so many people that I have had a chance to help and has helped me. I tell my guys all the time that this sport can prepare you for great things in life and put you in a position to help many people. And more important treat people like you want to be treated w/respect.
JS - What will your recruiting territory be with the Cougars?
BM - All of HISD/FBIS/Dallas ISD and hopefully some of Florida down the road.
JS - What do you think is the biggest and best selling points for U of H when you are on the recruiting trail?
BM - Well for those that are here know that Houston is a great city and that UH is one of the up and coming University in the country. We have a great staff that not only cares for the student athlete to go on to the next level in sports but also in life out side of sports. For football will put people in the NFL if you choose to work hard. We also get our kids graduated pretty much on time here at UH.
Oh by the way great places to eat out, one of the best places in the country. (I would not lie to you about eating)
JS - What has been the biggest eye opener for you since arriving on campus?
BM - That the University is growing at very fast pace and how diverse this University is.
JS - Do we have any players in the mix that can play with the intensity that Bubba McDowell used to bring to the field?
BM - We have some players like Broderic Bean and Stephen James.
JS - How do you coach a defensive back how and when to look up for the ball when someone is running a fly pattern?
BM - He is to first get as close to the man as possible before looking for the ball or if he is already running side by side w/the player he then is to look at the wide-out when he goes up for the ball then he rips through the players arms and pulls down.
JS - Give us your take on the following players as they progress and the likelihood of them making immediate contributions; Quinte Williams Blackmon, Simon, Yancy, and Teric Williams.
BM - As you know the window of opportunity is small w/all the good players in Div I college football so you have to work hard every day at practice on getting better. Quinte Williams has the quickness but has to work on his man to man coverage. Blackmon is young needs to work on man to man, speed and awareness, but he is young and has time. Yancy needs lots of work m/m skills not good, speed is not good. Teric Williams has all the intangibles speed, quickness and size but has to want to work at it harder.
JS - If you were the media, what would you set the odds at for the Houston Cougars to repeat as C-USA Champions this coming season?
BM - Sorry I don't play the odds. Just like on any given Sunday a team can win it can happen on any given Saturday in college football.
Thank you, Coach McDowell for spending a little time with CoogFans today. Good luck with the team and good luck to you going forward.