Tulsa Football Wraps Up First Four Days of Spring Drills
Aug. 7, 2011
Tulsa, Oklahoma - The Tulsa Golden Hurricane football team practiced in shoulder pads and helmets for 135 minutes on Harwell Field Sunday morning. The temperature on the grass at Harwell Field began at 84-degrees at 8:00 am, and by the end of practice at 10:15 am it jumped to 97-degrees with 42-percent humidity.
"I thought on Day 1 we started pretty quickly. Day 2 we went down the other direction. Day 2 was a coin flip, and today, Day 4, we brought the focus, intensity and we practiced like a veteran team should and got better today," said Peterson.
"With a veteran crew we were able to put in a lot in the first 2-3 days, where we maybe took seven practices in the spring," added Peterson.
The offensive execution may not have been the best in the first couple days due to all the installation, but Peterson pointed out that "the guys worked hard physically this summer, but mentally it takes awhile to get your focus back to practice for two hours. Today, we saw a better example of that on the field."
It's easy to notice that there appears to be a lot of depth at most of the offensive positions and the competition is good.
"We have a lot of competition at most all of our offensive positions, and hopefully it will create more depth as we go through the regular season. We do have playmakers at the running back position, the receiver spot and up front we need to develop depth," said Peterson. "As we get 10 days, maybe seven, away from the Oklahoma game, we better have our first group intact, and then we'll substitute from there as we get closer to going to Norman."
On the defensive side of the ball, the same can be said for throwing a lot at the players in the first four days.
"We are really throwing the defense at them. It's three times faster. With three more days of installation, we'll have a majority of our defense in," said Guy. "We're so pleased at how fast we're able to play. You always worry about giving them too much, making them think and slowing the kids down. Our kids are playing pretty fast. We're still making mistakes. We're playing against a good offense and G.J. will sting us every once in awhile, which is good for us, but we're really pleased with the veteran group at how they are retaining and continuing to grasp everything we threw at them in the spring.
"We have about three days of installation remaining and then we'll scrimmage and see where we are. At this point we feel real good. We still have some depth issues we have to clear up, especially on the defensive line. We have some young guys starting to show up. Knowing the tempo offenses that we're going to play, we'll have to roll those guys in, so we're trying to develop depth as we go," added Guy.
As for the young guys being able to handle everything they've been thrown the first four days, Guy admitted they've been struggling some.
"We've tried to pull it back a little bit and only give them half of what we give the veteran guys, especially with the defensive line because we have a lot of movements, stunts and alignments we use. It's a little tougher on those guys, but we're getting great effort out of them. We're very encouraged. We have to get pads on and go live and tackle them to the ground, but right now we're getting in the right spots. The biggest thing is we're not giving up big plays," said Guy.
Tulsa will practice for the fifth time on Monday morning at Harwell Field.
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