April 6, 2013

TU spring game wraps up drills until summer

April 6, 2013 Phoenix wire report

TULSA – The University of Tulsa football squad concluded spring practice with the annual Tulsa spring football game on Saturday at H.A. Chapman Stadium.

No scoring was kept during the two-hour event that consisted of game action, fan contests and interviews. Tulsa coach Bill Blankenship was pleased with the scrimmage and fan activities. The situational scrimmage had fan contests and player introductions mixed throughout day’s activities.

“I thought today was good,” Blankenship said. “We had kind of a dream and idea on how to try to engage our fans a little more, and get them closer to our players by bringing them on the field and interacting with them.”

Blankenship was pleased with the 15 days of spring drills.

“I thought we made great strides the first half of spring practice,” said Blankenship. “The last week and a half or so was tough because we had to so narrow down what we were doing offensively because of injuries, that I’m not even sure we pushed the defense enough. The defense was really dominant the last week and a half of practice, and part of that was they’re really a lot better, and then the offense was not giving them a good challenge.”

Jordan James caught three touchdown passes, including one in an overtime situation, to highlight action for the Hurricane. On the afternoon, James tallied six catches for 63 yards. Cody Green was 10-of-14 on the day for 80 yards and two touchdown strikes to James, while Dane Evans was 4-of-5 for 47 yards and a touchdown.  Trey Watts led TU with 67 yards on 10 carries and a touchdown, while James Flanders had 15 rushes for 40 yards and a score.

“We pretty much had everything done before today,” Blankenship said. “We told some of the guys that were still trying to win a spot, that they wouldn’t lose an credibility today, but you might gain some if you come out and compete. I’m anxious to watch the film. I thought we had some that did well.”

Pacing the TU defense was linebacker Trent Martin, who had a team-high seven stops, while fellow linebacker Jake Sizelove recorded five solo tackles.

Muskogee High and Northeastern A&M ex Eddie Venters had 19 yards rushing on six carries.

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