TULSA MOVES TO CHAPMAN STADIUM FOR PRACTICE
Aug 21, 2013
Tulsa, Oklahoma - The Tulsa football practiced at H.A. Chapman Stadium on Wednesday morning for two hours in shoulder pads and helmets. Tomorrow marks one week out from the season opening road game at Bowling Green.
The game will be televised on ESPN U beginning at 6:00 pm (CT) from Bowling Green, Ohio.
"It was good to get back in the stadium today. I thought it helped our energy. Really, the focus is squarely on Bowling Green. The scout teams are getting a little better about giving looks. But our execution has to improve," said Blankenship. Tulsa made the move over to H.A. Chapman Stadium as the permanent practice field from this point on.
"Practicing in the stadium gives us a little more sense that we're on the game field. It just feels different. It's a new surface, and all of our guys are giving us great reports that they like practicing on it, because they can tell the consistency is there all the time. They don't worry about stepping in a hole, or dew being on the grass, and all. So, it's been pretty good," added Blankenship.
Blankenship was pleased with today's workout.
"I thought, competitively, when we went good against good, it was a give and take. Offense and defense, both with some wins, said Blankenship. "When we went to work against Bowling Green... I think in the game plan, our guys are making fewer mistakes on both sides of the ball. But we're still making too many mistakes to satisfy me. We're a week away from game day, so it's time to have this thing polished up." Blankenship is concerned about too many mental busts.
"Eliminating the mental mistakes. That's the issue - we're getting just one or two of those on a consistent basis. Fortunately, it's different people. It's not the same guys making the same mistakes. But when an offense is depending on execution, you just cannot have mental busts, and we've had too many of those. Then, defensively, when you're going to have a blitz, or some kind of pressure, people have to be in the right gaps, and if one guy is out of that gap, it opens up a big hole."
Tulsa will be on the practice field again Thursday morning.
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