August 19, 2011

Aikens, Seguin preparing for the season

With high school training camps underway all over the country, many of the Houston Cougar commits have begun to take the field in preparation for the coming season. CougarsDen recently caught up with Arlington (TX) Juan Seguin outside linebacker and safety Steven Aikens.

Last season the Cougars finished the year with a 5-5 record and fell short of their expectations, something they hope they can turn around in 2011.

"Last year we had high hopes," the 6-foot-2, 200-pound defender said. "We finished 5-5 but we didn't really accomplish anything. We finished second in our district and only gave up about 21 points a game, which was probably our biggest accomplishment of last season."

Now that the Cougars have hit the fields for fall camp, they started their first four days of practice and then implemented a new tradition at the school when it came time to put the pads on.

"We actually started a new thing this season," the Rivals three-star linebacker said. "We went through the first four days without pads and instead of waiting until Friday afternoon like everyone else to put the pads on, at 12:01 a.m. just after midnight we suited up under the lights for Midnight Madness."

"Midnight Madness is basically a big practice," Aikens added. "It was our first day in pads starting off the season; we did a couple of drills, eleven on eleven and a scrimmage. We had a lot of fans in the stands, a lot of parents, a lot of people from the community, it was a great night."

In 2011 Aikens hopes his Cougars hope they can continue playing great defense and make a deep run in the Texas State Playoffs.

"I think we're going to be really good," the talented defender said. "We're going to be pretty young, but these young guys are showing a lot of heart. Offensively we got at least four guys running 4.3 40's right now which is extremely good, on defense we have some new guys, it's going to be real good, we're not going to be big, but we're fast and strong, we're very fast and explosive on offense and defense. We're going to be real good this year, I'm expecting for us to go really far and hopefully go win a State Championship."

Aikens was a first team selection at safety to the 7-4A All-District team in 2010.

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