TULSA FOOTBALL HAS FIRST SCRIMMAGE
Aug. 8, 2013
Tulsa, Oklahoma - The Tulsa football team practiced for 150 minutes on Thursday morning, splitting time between the grass at Harwell Field and the turf of H.A. Chapman Stadium. The Hurricane finished the workout with a 30-minute scrimmage.
"It was a real mixed bag. It's like I told the guys, I thought there were moments I could be really happy with the offense and happy with the defense," said Head Coach Bill Blankenship.
"When we started the scrimmage - the first team defense, against the first team offense - went three-and-out three times. So we had stops on defense. The second team offense was running up and down the field scoring touchdowns. So that was good on offense, bad on defense. As it wore on, we got Cody (Green) back in with the ones, and he drove them down to a touchdown, which was a good drive, added Blankenship.
"All in all, I thought our first team defense showed up better at the scrimmage than they had the last couple of days. In the rest of the game, I thought some young guys - (receiver) Keevan Lucas showed up, (receiver) Derek Patterson made some plays all day long, and then again in the scrimmage. (Running Back) Zack Langer looked good," said Blankenship. "Those were just people that stood out. I thought (defensive end) Brentom Todd had some really good plays defensively. I haven't even watched the film yet, but I saw him make some really terrific plays."
The freshman Lucas caught two touchdown passes from sophomore Joseph Calcagni, while Langer had a 40-yard run for the Tulsa offense.
"For the head coach, you'd rather have a mixed bag than one group leaving with their tail tucked between their legs. I thought there was enough positive that both sides of the ball could get out of it. But the other side of that is, for me, I just don't know if we're far enough along. I'm wanting more. Like I told them, I thought the physicality wasn't where I'd like to have it. I think for us to get to that level, we have to raise our physical play," said Blankenship.
The Hurricane will be back on the practice field Friday morning at Harwell Field.
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