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Aug 26, 2013

TULSA, Okla. - Cody Green returns for his senior year as the starting quarterback for Tulsa after passing for 2,592 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2012. As the 2013 season officially kicks off Thursday, the TU coaches are pleased with Green's growth as a player since last August.

"Cody has had a really good preseason. He's really, I think, a much-improved player over where we were a year ago," Tulsa Head Coach Bill Blankenship said. "I think in some ways he was trying to prove himself this time a year ago and shake off some rust, get back in the flow. I think he's really in a good place, in terms of his training, in terms of what he brings to our offense. Leadership-wise he's just over the top, but he's actually playing at a high level right now, which is really helpful."



Green added 283 rushing yards and four scores in his first season at TU, and directed a Hurricane offense that totaled 6,400 yards and scored 486 points. He is 14-3 in his career as a starter - including last season's 11-3 mark - and has worked in the offseason to improve his throws, particularly in the intermediate range.

The Tulsa coaches like the depth at the position, filled out by Dane Evans, Joseph Calcagni, Jaylen Lowe and Ryan Rubley.

Evans is the backup to Green. A second-year freshman, who took a redshirt in 2012, Evans came out of spring practice as the number two quarterback. He passed for 9,074 yards and 94 touchdowns and rushed for 628 yards and nine touchdowns in his four-year career at Sanger High School in Sanger Texas. Sophomore Joseph Calcagni is in his third year with the Golden Hurricane, and made great strides as a quarterback over the summer and in preseason camp.

"Dane Evans is very talented and a great leader himself. I really think that we're in a good place with our quarterback depth. Joe Calcagni continues to be probably the most improved of the three, just in what all he has continued to do for himself in learning the skillset it takes to be a quarterback at this level," said Blankenship.

The Hurricane also features two true freshmen in Jaylen Lowe and Ryan Rubley. Lowe passed for 2,332 yards and 28 touchdowns and ran for 563 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior at Owasso High School. Rubley, the son of former TU quarterback T.J. Rubley, passed for 1,681 yards and 14 touchdowns at a senior at Mountain Vista High School in Colorado. Both Lowe and Rubley displayed their athleticism as multi-sport athletes in high school. Lowe also played basketball at Owasso, while Rubley lettered four years in track.

"I like the two freshmen. I think we're really in a good place with Jaylen Lowe and Ryan Rubley to continue a pretty good line of quarterbacks," Blankenship said.

Former TU quarterback David Johnson is in his first season as a graduate assistant at Tulsa, and is overseeing the quarterbacks.

"We have a lot of good guys in the room right now," Johnson said. "Cody Green is a great senior leader for us. He has really matured after last year's 11-3 season, and has really shown up to show these guys how things are done. He's improved himself in the spring and through fall so far, just in his fundamentals and refining his techniques and trying to push himself to be better. We have some young guys - Dane Evans is doing a great job for us right now, in leading and really trying to push the tempo in practice and doing some really good things for us. Joe Calcagni is doing a really wonderful job with us as well. His feet are getting so much better, and his quick release is getting a lot better. Then we have our young guys, our true freshmen - Jaylen Lowe and Ryan Rubley - that are doing a really good job for us, and have transitioned now onto scout team, and are doing a really good job down there for those guys. So, we have a lot of good guys in our group."