TULSA BEGINS FIRST FULL WEEK OF PRESEASON DRILLS TODAY
Aug. 6, 2012
Tulsa, Oklahoma - The Tulsa football team began its first full week on Monday in cooler temperatures on Harwell Field. Today's morning workout began with 74-degree temperatures and 50-percent humidity after yesterday's 86-degree, 60-percent humidity start to practice.
Head Coach Bill Blankenship has been pleased with the first five workouts thus far for the Golden Hurricane.
"I have been pleased with where we are going. There has been a lot of give and take from the offense and defense. That is the thing, in a strange way, that is encouraging to the head coach because one day it seems the offense gets the best and the next day it's the defense. Over five days, we have gone back in forth," said Blankenship. "Today was our most physical day. It was really good to have our pads on and be thumping around a bit. I like the attitude the defense brought out of here and they did a great job. We had a few guys on offense make good plays. Zach Langer continues to impress as a young running back and Ja'Terian Douglas had a good day as well."
Blankenship also discussed the progression of the offensive line, where the Hurricane will have to replace the entire left side of the front line as well as right tackle.
"The encouraging thing is, first of all, Stetson Burnett looks to be really healed up. He's playing well. So, to add him to center Trent Dupy and right tackle Brian DeShane, you have a pretty good nucleus. Jake Alexander looks really good at left guard. I think he's been exceptional. Jared Grigg is really competing well at the left tackle spot. We really like what our young guys are doing. We're seeing good things in Garrett Gladd, Garrett Stafford and Gabe Moyer - those guys are playing really well.
"I believe that the depth is what is going to continue to push those guys. Nobody is able to just sit on a job. I think certainly the multi-year starters feel better about what they're doing, but I feel like we have about eight or nine offensive linemen that can play for us."
Tulsa will be in full pads for the first time on Tuesday morning.
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