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PRACTICE NO. 1 IN THE BOOKS FOR TULSA FOOTBALL

Quarterback Cody Green drops back in a passing drill on Thursday.
Quarterback Cody Green drops back in a passing drill on Thursday.
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Aug. 2, 2012

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TULSA, Oklahoma - The Tulsa football team practiced for the first time this season as preseason camp began at Harwell Field Thursday morning. On a day when the temperatures skyrocketed over 100-degrees, the Golden Hurricane did everything it could to avoid the extreme temperatures by practicing in the early morning.

The practice began with temperatures at 88-degrees at 7:30 am with the mercury reaching 98-degrees by the end of the practice at 9:45 am.

Head Coach Bill Blankenship was pleased with the effort and attitude of his players today.

"I was really pleased. Early in the morning if you look at the thermometer, it's still really hot, but I think our guys felt like it was a little balmy today. It was nice, we didn't have pads on, and they bounced around really well," said Blankenship.

"It was a first practice. I say that in the terms that effort and attitude were really good, but execution was not very good. But it's what I expected it to be. In the things that they can control, I thought they did very, very well," said Blankenship. "We have a lot of corrections. Like I said, execution has to improve. But effort was good, attitude was good, and I thought we learned a lot today."

"It's Day One. Of our 105 guys, I think there are probably 20 or 30 that have not been here all summer. They don't even know where to line up and stretch," added Blankenship. "We don't get to be with our players until today on the field. So, now they're learning how to do it."

Blankenship was excited about the leadership on this team as players were leading players on the field.

"It's what we're trying to do. The greatest programs I've ever been a part of, are when players lead players. That's part of our job, is to empower those guys. I think we have a great group of leaders," said Blankenship.

Tulsa will be back on the field at 7:30 am Friday morning before participating in the annual media day in the early afternoon.