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Aug. 25, 2000

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The University of Tulsa football team concludes its third week of preseason drills on Friday, August 25 in scorching temperatures reaching 105-degrees on the field. The Huricane is just one week away from traveling to North Carolina for the season opener against the ACC's Tar Heels.

"We worked on game-type situations today," said Head Coach Keith Burns following Thursday's workout. "We'll concentrate on the kicking game Friday, take Saturday off and return on Sunday to turn our full attention to North Carolina."

Burns has been happy with the progress of his team during preseason drills. "We still have so many little things to correct. We need to improve in our kicking game and next week we'll continue to cover every game-type situation.

A number of true freshmen could see the playing field this season for the Hurricane. Tulsa coaches list xx players on the two-deep heading into the season opener, including receiver Darrell Wimberly, running backs Donte' Hart, Eric Richardson and Jorma Bailey, and linemen Matt Black and Zack Newby on offense. Receiver Montiese Culton and tight ends Austin Chadwick and Derrick Williams could also see playing time for the Hurricane. Bailey and Chadwick have been on campus longer than the rest of the newcomers, enrolling last spring after sitting out the fall campaign.

Defensively, cornerbacks CJ Scott and George Delonia, free safety Sherman Steptoe and linebacker JasonWiltshire are among the Hurricane two-deep. Lineman Jeremy Davis is also expected to contribute as a true freshman.

"With as many young kids that have the possibility to play this year, it shows the talent level that we recruited," said Burns. "We set out to recruit players who would compete early, and help us in their first year in more aspects than just the kicking game."

The Hurricane will practice for one hour on Friday, and return to the practice field Sunday.