Weeks of practice finally culminated to the annual spring game last Saturday at H.A. Chapman stadium. Coming off one of the best seasons in school history, the Golden Hurricane stormed the field with optimism, confidence, and a bit of uncertainty. Last season it seemed the question surrounding Tulsa football was “What is this team’s ceiling?” After the notable improvement in 2015, expectations were sky-high for Monty’s 2016 squad, and boy they lived up to the hype.
For the 2017 squad, it seems the question is “What is this team’s floor?” There are certainly proven commodities on this year’s team (Brubaker, Brewer, the offensive line), but TU lost captains on both offense and defense, the leading passer in school history, a 1,000 yard rusher, and two 1,000 yard receivers. That is a lot to replace, and with a tough non-conference slate against 4 teams that went to bowl games last season, Tulsa will have to find answers to those questions early.