TULSA OFFENSE SHINES IN SCRIMMAGE
Aug. 11, 2012
Tulsa, Oklahoma - The Tulsa offense took the first possession 70 yards in 10 plays for a touchdown and set the tone for Saturday morning's 111-play scrimmage at H.A. Chapman Stadium.
"What we intended for this scrimmage was to put our first units under some stress, get a lot more plays back-to-back, sometimes putting them back right after they came off the field. From that standpoint I thought we accomplished doing that," said Tulsa Head Coach Bill Blankenship. "The offense responded better initially. I thought Cody managed the game really well. I get excited so I have to go back and look at the film, but I know we had some very effective passing early. Trey Watts looked to be strong in both running and receiving, and then as the scrimmage wore on I thought the defense finally started responding at the end and really made some plays and hopefully give them something to build on."
Five Tulsa quarterbacks completed 72-percent of their passes for 395 yards and three touchdowns by using 21 different receivers as the Golden Hurricane offense scored a total of five TDs. Cody Green opened the scrimmage leading the offense on that 70-yard touchdown drive and ended the day completing 9-of-13 passes for 115 yards and two TDs.
True freshman Dane Evans threw Tulsa's third touchdown pass with a four-yarder to another true freshman Josh Atkinson, while red-shirt freshman Zack Langer ran eight yards and true freshman James Flanders carried two yards for the offensive units' two rushing touchowns.
On the ground, the offense was led by Flanders' 55 yards and one touchdown on 13 carries, while junior Ja'Terian Douglas carried seven times for 51 yards. Watts had four receptions for a high-game of 121 yards and one TD, while taking two of those passes 53 and 59 yards. Atkinson was next with four catches for 64 yards.
"The offensive line had a good day. When you see backs running, typically they're at least getting bodies on bodies up front. If you do that, our backs are pretty good so we'll have a chance to get them out there," added Blankenship. "I thought we had some really exciting stuff from the No. 2s. I thought Zack Langer showed some real flashes at running back. That's easy to see, but I also want to see who was blocking for him as we try to build depth offensively and defensively."
Defensively, junior linebacker Donnell Hawkins grabbed a tipped pass and took the interception 33 yards for a defensive touchdown on the second-to-last drive of the game.
Blankenship is pleased with where the Hurricane stand after 10 practices, but still indicated a lot of work still lies ahead.
"I'm relatively pleased were we are at this point in practice. I think there is still a lot of work. We're still not getting the consistency I'm looking for overall, we have to get where we can play four quarters," said Blankenship.
Tulsa will take Sunday off from practice and be back on the field Monday morning.
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