2017 Prespring Rankings: No. 78 Tulsa Golden Hurricane
The 2017 prespring college football rankings, taking the first look at the Tulsa Golden Hurricane
No. 78: Tulsa Golden Hurricane
Tulsa Golden Hurricane Prespring Status
And that’s how it’s supposed to work. After a shaky 6-7 first season at the helm, head coach Philip Montgomery cranked it up in Year Two with the Baylor-style attack rolling, finishing fourth in the nation averaging 527 yards and over 42 points per game. Throw out the blowout road loss to Ohio State, the Golden Hurricane lost two other games – Houston and Navy – but just nine total points.
Even with the terrific system in place, it’ll be tough to hit the same numbers without five really, really good offensive stars including QB Dane Evans, RB James Flanders, and WR Keevan Lucas. The offense should continue to be dangerous, but it’ll be a fight for jobs this spring, and it’ll be an open casting call on …
Tulsa Golden Hurricane Biggest Issue
The defense – it needs a whole lot of help after a not-that-bad year. Tulsa was able to overcome a slew of issues with the offense bombing its way out of problems, but the defense has to come up with a few stops here and there. Now it’ll be without the defensive tackle combination of Jerry Uwaezuoke and Hayden Carman, and leading tacklers Trent Martin and Matt Linscott from the linebacking corps. Three of the top five tacklers are gone.
Tulsa Golden Hurricane Biggest Positive
Don’t get too caught up in all the losses on offense. Flanders was terrific – running for over 1,600 yards with 18 scores – but D’Angelo Brewer ran for 1,435 yards and seven touchdowns. Evans threw 32 touchdown passes, but Ryan Rubley and – when healthy again – Chad President should be fine. Four starters are back up front, however …
Really, Why Are The Tulsa Golden Hurricane Ranked Here?
Losing Lucas and No. 2 target Josh Atkinson is a problem, and Evans really was good. However, Justin Hobbs is a good-looking option after catching 50 passes, and there are plenty of good targets waiting in the wings. The O should take a step back, the D won’t be quite as good, and while Tulsa will be dangerous in the American Athletic race, the team might be rebuilding a bit.