TU Offense Improves In Latest Scrimmage
The Tulsa football team practiced for two hours on Saturday and finished the workout with a 102-play scrimmage.
Whereas last Saturday's scrimmage was dominated by the Tulsa defense, today's scrimmage session was a more balanced. The Tulsa offense scored on 10 of 21 possessions, including six touchdowns and four field goals, and the Tulsa defense had two takeaways.
"We had better balance today. If you polled the offensive and defensive coaches, they'd all probably be mad. Every time you give up big plays or don't get enough of them, as a coach you always want to do more. This practice session was a little more of the give-and -take that you like to see in spring drills. I saw some positive things on both sides today," said Blankenship. "I think this will be really quality film for us."
The Tulsa offense took five plays to go 20 yards for the first offensive touchdown of the day on the second possession as James Flanders ran in from one-yard out. Field goals by Carl Salazar, a 51-yarder, and a 39-yarder by Cole Way came before the offense's next touchdown as Jabe Burgess threw a 19-yard strike in the end zone to Mandel Dixon Jr. Then Way added a 36-yard field goal for the next score.
Red-shirt freshman Rowdy Simon raced 96 yards for a touchdown before Salazar knocked through a 48-yard field goal. Dane Evans guided the offense on a 40-yard scoring drive, throwing the final 32 yards to Keevan Lucas. Burgess added another touchdown throw, this time a 30-yard toss to another true freshman Nigel Carter.
The offenses' final score came when Ryan Rubley threw 35 yards to Cole Taylor for a touchdown.
Senior cornerback Austin McDaniel corralled two interceptions to lead the Hurricane defense.
"Austin has really done that consistently all along. He flies under the radar. A-Mac is playing like a fifth-year senior. He's a smart football player and he's very talented as well," said Blankenship. "It's fun to see him keep bringing it day after day. The long interception was a big-time play."
Tulsa has three practices remaining in spring drills, including sessions on Tuesday and Thursday before Saturday's spring game.