On Saturday April 2nd the University of Tulsa Golden Hurricane football team took the field for their annual spring game. It was a beautiful day for students, family, and alumni to watch TU’s athletes showcase their skills. Here are my 5 thoughts from what I saw.
- Our Running Game is explosive.
D’Angelo Brewer and Ramadi Warren both had long, 60+ yard touchdown runs on Saturday afternoon. Although Tulsa lost last year’s starter, Zac Langer to graduation, this year’s running game looks even better. The speed of both Brewer and Warren will be fun to watch, and if Dane slings it like he did last year then they should have some gaping holes.
- Justin Hobbs needs some work, but will be a star WR.
Neither Josh Atickson nor Keevan Lucas played in the Spring Game, so the number 1 wide receiver was Justin Hobbs. The 6 foot 4 sophomore played well in the lead role, but he did have a drop on a long ball from Dane that would’ve gone for a touchdown. Justin had 32 receptions for 552 yards and 2 touchdowns last year as a redshirt freshman, and I would expect those numbers to go way up. Justin has a rare combination of size and speed, and although seniors Josh Atickson and Keevan will be the main guys next year, Justin has a chance to be Tulsa’s next special player.
- Chad is a playmaker, but Dane is definitely our guy.
The spring game gave the fans a chance to see former 4-star recruit, QB Chad President show his skill. Chad made a number of plays, and showcased his elite speed, but his arm is nowhere near Dane Evans’. Dane dropped a dime right into Justin Hobbs hands on one of the first plays of the game, dude can play ball. He threw for 4332 yards last year, and that was without arguably his best receiver! I’m excited to see what Dane does next year as a senior.
- Redford Jones… still struggling
Junior kicker Redford Jones needs to improve from last year’s 68% field goal percentage. However after the spring game, things are not looking promising. Jones struggled, hitting only 2 of his 4 field goals. At one point, “Red” lined up for a 37-yarder, and he missed. The coaches yelled “Kick it again!” The players and coaching staff were rallying behind him, saying “You got it Red!” Jones lined up the kick once again, swung his foot through the ball, and hooked it wide left.
- Defense looks improved
The defensive unit must be better in the 2016 season if TU is going to improve on their win total from last season. The Golden Hurricane allowed 40 points per game last season, it is tough to win with that number no matter how explosive the offense is. On Saturday the defense was flying around, got after the quarterback, and most importantly forced turnovers. The big runs by the offense were a concern, but the linebackers will be better when senior leader Trent Martin returns. This unit will never be able to shut people down, but if they can force two or three 3-and-outs a game and turn the ball over then they will do their job.
Tulsa starts their season Saturday September 3rd at home vs San Jose State.