TULSA, Okla. –– The Tulsa football team practiced Sunday morning for two hours on the turf of H.A. Chapman Stadium, the first of 15 spring practices sessions for the Golden Hurricane.
“I loved our energy today. I thought we were flying around on both sides of the football. I thought our players communicated well. For the first day, no pads, I’m excited about the direction we’re headed. I thought our leaders did a good job and I loved our energy,” said Tulsa head coach Philip Montgomery.
“First practice, you always have butterflies, and you want to see how things are going to go. I wanted to see guys fly around and move. I thought we were much quicker on both sides of the ball. I love to see when the work we did in winter workouts transition into spring ball.”
Montgomery indicated that early on in Tulsa’s spring practices, the Hurricane will focus on their base offense and defense.
“We’re going to do some different things on both sides of the ball. Right now, though, we’re working on our base stuff. We don’t have a ton of stuff in right now, but we’ll add each and every day and continue to grow. We want to make sure our base stuff is in, because you have to be able to line up and play base whenever you need it. You can’t rely on scheme all the time, you have to say mano-a-mano and ‘I’m going to go win this matchup’ and have that attitude.”
Tulsa has eight newcomers that enrolled for the spring semester, including six junior college players, all of whom participated in today’s first practice.
“It’s been a good transition for our new guys. They fit in from day one. Obviously, they’re nervous day one and trying to find their niche. I think our team really embraced those guys,” said Montgomery. “I’m anxious to watch the tape and see what they did, heck I have to figure out what number they are first, and then figure out where they our. I’m excited to see how those guys will plug into our schemes.”
The Hurricane will be back on the practice field Tuesday afternoon.
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