April 20, 2007

Spring depth chart battles continue

The final week of spring drills at the University of Tulsa will wrap up tomorrow at Skelly Stadium with the annual Spring Game, which will include a car show, children's activities, an alumni flag football game, and much more. The game will be the last chance for the Hurricane players to fight for position on the depth chart this spring.

QUARTERBACK

Senior and returning starter Paul Smith has adjusted well to the new hurry-up, no-huddle offense. TU still has a long way to go with the new offense, but Smith has caught on quickly and is eager to learn. The quarterback race won't be officially settled until the fall, but barring unforeseen circumstances, Smith will be the starter and get a chance to pass T.J. Rubley for the most passing yards in school history.

The coaching staff has given plenty of opportunities for junior David Johnson and redshirt freshman Clark Harrell to show their stuff. Both are solid performers and provide quality depth. They will continue to battle for the top back-up position.


RUNNING BACK

The Golden Hurricane has talent at running back and will add more in the fall. The three backs currently on the roster have looked very good, with the biggest surprise being redshirt freshman Jamad Williams. The 5-foot-9 and 193-pounder has been very impressive in scrimmage situations, showing speed and elusiveness. If he continues this pace in the fall, watch out!

Senior Courtney Tennial and junior Tarrion Adams both look solid this spring. Adams was particularly impressive last week when the team practiced two-point conversions. Despite a minor groin injury, he hit the end zone on both of his attempts.

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