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Practice Report - Day 5

Tulsa's defensive linemen get ready to go through a drill at practice this week..
Tulsa's defensive linemen get ready to go through a drill at practice this week..
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Aug. 10, 2010

Tulsa, Oklahoma - The Tulsa football team went through Day 5 of preseason drills today with a 2.5 hour morning workout at H.A. Chapman Stadium. Tulsa will have its first two-a-day workout on Wednesday.

There has been much talk about the three junior college transfers suiting up on the defensive line for the Hurricane, but its' the two returning starters -- Odrick Ray and Cory Dorris -- who have provided leadership to the newcomers.

The junior college transfers are 6'2", 280 nose guard Darrell Zellers, who came to Tulsa in January and participated in spring drills, and August defensive end arrivals Tyrunn Walker, at 6'3", 265 pounds, and Durrell Finch, 6-5, 232-pounds.

"All the new guys up front are figuring out how to play big time Division I college football - there's a lot more running, bigger playbooks and more intense practices. They're learning how we do things at Tulsa, and they're working hard. I think they'll have chance to help us and be impact players if they continue to get better daily with fundamentals," said Co-Defensive Coordinator and Defensive Line coach Paul Randolph.

"We're wanting all of our guys to put pressure on the quarterback. We have an extremely athletic group and I'm hopeful that they'll continue to get better and understand when they need to pressure and when to stop the run. The biggest thing for the new guys is for them to get a better knowledge of the game."

"Tyrunn (Walker) and Darrell (Zellars) really stick out to me as guys who have a chance to be impact guys," said Tulsa Head Coach Todd Graham. "They have to learn our way of doing things. We're in the process of training them and straining them right now. We're really pleased with their progression so far. They have to continue to get better. Durrell (Finch) is going to be a great pass rusher. We think he has a chance to impact the quarterback. Right now, it's getting them better fundamentally and getting them used to what we're doing every single day."



Randolph talked about Dorris and Ray. "Cory Dorris had a spectacular freshman season last year, and is a hard worker who is bigger, stronger and faster. He had a great summer improving his fundamental techniques. You can tell that he worked extremely hard," said Randolph. "Odrick Ray started out last year, when he was healthy, playing extremely well. He was aggressive getting off the ball and making plays. Then he broke his hand at the halfway point of the season that slowed him down. Both those guys bring an immense amount of experience to our group and to our defensive unit as a whole.

Both Dorris and Ray have helped the younger guys through the early going this preseason camp.

"They've been here a while now," said Randolph. "Cory is in his third year, Odrick in his fourth year. So they know how we do things and what I expect. They know what I'm looking for fundamentally, effort-wise and defensive line play

They have taken on the leadership role to show the younger guys. We talked about that in the spring - that we needed some guys to step up and be leaders, not just vocally but in work ethic. Odrick and Cory have both demonstrated that, not only to the defensive line but the entire defense.

Tulsa opens the 2010 season at defending Conference USA Champion East Carolina on Sunday, September 5th on ESPN 2. The Hurricane will open the home season against Bowling Green on Sept. 11th. Season tickets are available at www.TulsaHurricane.com or by calling 918.631.GoTU (4688).


WEATHER CONDITIONS (Tuesday, August 9)
Starting: Temperature - 92.8°, Humidity - 45.3%
Ending: Temperature - 109.2°, Humidity - 35%


SOONER GREAT TALKS TO TEAM . . . After morning practice and team lunch on Tuesday, a guest speaker addressed the Tulsa football team. Former Sooner quarterback J.C. Watts, and father of Hurricane red-shirt freshman running back, Trey Watts, talked with the team for nearly 30 minutes, as his topic was about character.

TMS ON DUTY . . . Tulsa's Assistant Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Performance and Head Athletic Trainer Dave Polanski talked about Tulsa's new gadget that helps keep players cooled down. The Temperature Management System (TMS) is a system that is attached to the underneath portion of the shoulder pads, and a tubing circulates air through a bladder. Cold air is blown threw the bladder into the chest and back, thus cooling down the players core temperature, which ultimately will help keep the player fresh and decrease heat illness problems.

There are 18 hookups that will allow the air compressor to circulate air through 18 shoulder pads at one time. For example: During a game, athletic trainers will hook up those players who have been on the field a lot, such as when the defense comes off the field, to keep their core temperature down so they can stay fresher and help alleviate heat issues.