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TU Football enjoys unseasonably cool weather for practice No. 2

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With an uncommonly cool start to the month of August, the Tulsa Golden Hurricane practiced for 90 minutes on Tuesday afternoon in temperatures that reached only 75 degrees.

Head coach Philip Montgomery was pleased with what he was looking for from day one to day two of preseason practice.

“You know you’re going to make mistakes and your knocking off the rust on day one,” said Montgomery. “The biggest thing is that you break down the practice film, watch it with the players and show them their mistakes and the things that they can do better. Then, you want them to come out in day two and be able to execute the things that we coached up in those meetings.”

“Secondly, the energy level of day one is always special because everyone is so excited to be back on the field, but that energy level has to carryover to day 2, day 3 and day 4 and I thought our guys did a pretty good job of that today,” said Montgomery.

“I want to see how the players are taking to coaching and being able to come out on the field and execute at a high level and do what we have to do. That’s what we’re looking for,” Montgomery added.

Tulsa will be back on the practice field Wednesday morning.

WET CONDITIONS, BUT EASY TRANSITION

The schedule of the day was changed as rain and wet field conditions prevented the Hurricane from practicing on the grass of Harwell Field. With the FieldTurf currently being replaced at Chapman Stadium, Tulsa moved its practice to nearby Will Rogers High School, and instead of a morning workout practiced at 2:30 p.m.

“The transition was good. Just like I told our guys, there are going to be times that things pop up during a game week that may throw off your schedule –– whether there are issues at the hotel or a storm blows in. There’s always going to be changes, so we need to be able to adapt to those changes and when we walk between the white lines we need to be prepared and focused on our job at hand,” said Montgomery.

“We were thinking ahead in case weather would force us off the grass. Obviously, Will Rogers is the closest facility to ours on a turf field. It’s five minutes from campus and makes for an easy transition, and the city and Tulsa Public Schools were nice enough to allow us to use it,” added Montgomery.

AFTER WATCHING FILM

Following Monday’s first practice, coach Montgomery was asked to evaluate the quarterback play. After watching film following Monday’s practice, Montgomery discussed on Tuesday what the film showed …

“For a first day I was pleased. Both Chad and Luke executed well. Obviously, they made some mistakes, but they both threw the ball well. I thought we spun it well. There were some times where eyes are in the wrong spot, or we’re trying to force a ball, under-throw this one, over-throw that one. But those things come with it being the first day. I was pleased with the execution and the retention from the spring.”

So what you thought after practice is what you actually saw on film?

“I really did,” said Montgomery. “My thought is that it’s never as good or bad as you feel when you walk off the practice field. There are some days you walk off the field thinking we lit it up today, then you watch tape and it wasn’t as great as you thought. There are other days you walk off the field thinking that’s the worst practice we ever had, then when you actually watch it and break it down, it’s not as bad as what you thought. Those guys are just learning and growing.”

SEASON OPENS IN FOUR WEEKS

Tulsa opens the season on Thursday night, August 31, at Big 12 Conference opponent Oklahoma State. The home opener is a week later on Saturday, Sept. 9 against the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns. Season tickets, Mazzio’s Family Fun Zone tickets and 3-Game Mini-Plans are on sale online at Tulsa Hurricane.com or by calling 918.631.goTU (4688).

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