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DAY 2 REPORT: Tulsa Gets in Second Day in Shorts and Helmets

Junior safety Michael Mudoh ranked fourth in the nation for tackles in 2013.
Junior safety Michael Mudoh ranked fourth in the nation for tackles in 2013.
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Aug. 3, 2014

Tulsa, Oklahoma - The University of Tulsa football team practiced for two hours in shorts and helmets on the grass of Harwell Field Sunday morning.

"We got better today. I didn't spend as much time on the defensive field, just because we're not in pads, but I thought offensively we threw the ball better," said Tulsa Head Coach Bill Blankenship. "Today was much different with the younger guys. Yesterday, I think their heads were spinning a little bit, but today I thought the young receivers showed up really well. I don't know if I mentioned (receiver) Justin Hobbs yesterday, but today he was very noticeable. He really looked good today."

"I think there were a few more offensive plays today than yesterday in the 7-on-7 drills, which is the only competitive drilled we do in shorts and helmets," added Blankenship.

Tulsa will back on the field for a Monday morning workout in shoulder pads and helmets. Blankenship hopes that the physical nature of what the coaches emphasized and saw in the spring carries over when the players practice in shells tomorrow.

"We want to see a physicality to us. Even though it will be more of a pro tempo, in a sense that you don't tackle, but there will now be actual blocking and hitting. I want to see guys carrying their pads and maintaining the speed that they've played with the last two days," said Blankenship. "We've got to see that physicality translate from the spring, but also it's the part of the game that our young players have to figure out. We've been very encouraged with our young players in shorts, now we'll have a chance to really evaluate them."

In putting on the partial pads tomorrow, Blankenship previewed Monday's shoulder pad and helmet workout this way - "Coach Johnson says it this way . . . really, football practice starts tomorrow," added Blankenship.

 

 

After the morning workout, Tulsa players will participate in the annual media day, culminating with the team photo at 2:30 p.m. Fans can watch the taped press conference with Coach Blankenship and the two coordinators at 3:00 p.m. Monday on TulsaHurricane.com.

Tulsa football season tickets and mini-pack plans, including the Oklahoma, Texas State and East Carolina games, are on sale now. Go online at TulsaHurricane.com or contact the Tulsa athletic ticket office at 918.631.GoTU. The first month of the season Tulsa will play three home games and one on the road. Tulsa opens the season against American Conference foe Tulane on Thursday, August 28th.