'Stifling' was the operative word Tuesday morning at Texans training camp. There wasn't a breeze, the heat index cracked the century mark and there were zero clouds in the sky.
Since the practice was closed, the sidelines were a lot emptier than they'd been the first four days, and here's a few things we saw from that vantage point:
- **Like yesterday**, tight end Joel Dreessen turned in the Texans training camp **play of the day**. This time he dove and hung on for a catch near the end of practice, despite being covered well on the play.
- With Zac Diles sitting out the morning practice, rookie Darryl Sharpton was with the first team as a weakside linebacker.
- Defensive tackle Frank Okam blew up a run play featuring rookie Ben Tate. Okam met Tate a few yards behind the line of scrimmage. Okam was there in a hurry, and Tate didn't have any place to go on the play.
- **As Scurf mentioned** in a previous blog post, Rice head coach David Bailiff was at practice this morning. So was J.C. Harper, the head coach at Stephen F. Austin. On **October 23**, he and the Lumberjacks will take on Sam Houston State at Reliant Stadium.
- For the third straight day, a youngster took part in the 2010 Texans Junior Reporter Contest. A fifth-grader from Louisiana named Zach got to ask wide receiver Jacoby Jones five questions. They had a lot of fun, and Jacoby said he enjoyed talking with a fellow citizen of Louisiana.
- The Texans and the Texas lottery are joining forces, and you can buy a Texans Scratch-Off ticket now. Plus, you might **win something more than money**.