TU holds fourth practice of Fall Camp
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane was back on the practice field Thursday morning for their fourth session of preseason camp.
Tulsa will enter the 2017 season with two new starters at the interior of the defensive line as both Hayden Carman and Jerry Uwaezuoke graduated after each starting all 13 games a year ago.
Head Coach Philip Montgomery talked about how that position is progressing in the first few days of fall camp.
"It's coming along. We have some young guys inside with the exception of (Kolton) Shindelar. Really, this is Shindelar's year. It's time," said Montgomery. "Each year he's gotten better and better. I think he's really grabbed hold of the concept that 'I've got to dominate in here'. He's long, he's strong, he can get off blocks. He just has to stay locked in for 60 minutes, and I think he can do that. And young guys have got to step up on the other side. We have some talented kids that have to grow up in a hurry, but they're getting there."
Tulsa will practice again Friday morning before meeting the media at the annual Tulsa Football Media Day in the afternoon. Tulsa will not practice on Saturday, but returns to the practice field Sunday.
"Coop (sophomore Cooper Edmiston) has done a great job. Coop has big shoes to fill, but I think he's playing really well right now. The thing that I'm really pleased about is Craig Suits has really stepped up, and Jesse (Brubaker) and Jeremy (Smith) both are talking more. Our D-line has gotten better and better every day. I think our offensive line is not bad, and those guys are giving us all we want. Those things are all good things to see, but I think Coop has done a good job inside."
"My voice was doing good until I walked out here. Got through meetings fine, then as soon as you start to yell it's gone. But, this happens the first week fall camp, the first week of spring ball, every year. It doesn't matter how much I sing at church, I still have to get my voice in shape. I probably need some voice training. Where can I get that?"
HOW'S THE QUARTERBACK POSITION PROGRESSING
"No. It's still too early to talk about separation at quarterback. We're only four days in. They're both learning some things. They're having good sessions, bad sessions. I like the way we're competing. I think we're throwing the ball really well right now with both of them. So now it's just the fine-tuning of it, and figure out the guy who's going to be able to execute at a high level."
"I don't know whether we're going to redshirt him or pull the shirt off of him, but the one thing I will say… he's exactly what we thought he was. He might be the steal of that class –the Oklahoma Player of the Year. A kid that may not hit it on the height measurements, but he has every other asset. He's tough as nails. He runs the football with a lot of passion about him, and he's very difficult to bring down. He has done a great job up to this point, and a smart kid. One of the things with young running backs that is always the most difficult is adapting to pass protection, and he's done a really good job of recognizing and picking up things."
MEDIA DAY IS FRIDAY
On Friday, fans can watch coach Montgomery's press conference from Tulsa Football Media Day live on TulsaHurricane.com beginning at 12:30 p.m. Tulsa players will conduct interviews with the media afterwards.
SEASON OPENS ON AUGUST 31
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.
MULTIPLE TULSA FOOTBALL TICKET PLANS AVAILABLE
Season tickets, Mazzio's Family Fun Zone tickets, 3-Game Mini-Plans and the All-Sports FlexBook are all on sale now, online at Tulsa Hurricane.com, by calling 918.631.GoTU (4688) and in person at the Donald W. Reynolds Center athletic ticket office on the TU campus.