The 2018 spring college football rankings, taking the first look at the Tulsa Golden Hurricane.
No. 97: Tulsa Golden Hurricane
Spring Practice Starts: March 4
Spring Game: April 7
Tulsa Golden Hurricane Spring Status
From ten wins to two, it was supposed to be a rebuilding season, but it was a total disaster. And why? The offense wasn’t able to crank it up like normal. But it was a young team that needed a year, and now the payoff needs to come.
Phil Montgomery’s team gets back the offensive weapons – as long as the quarterback play is better – to fire up the machine again, helped by three starters back up front.
The D hasn’t always been a plus, but the experience is there with three starters back in the secondary and five back on the front seven.
After being 200 points worse than 2016, though, it’s about the offense. It’s never down for long under Montgomery.
Tulsa Biggest Depth Chart Battle
Quarterback. Dane Evans threw 32 touchdown passes and for 3,348 yards in 2016. Last season, Luke Skipper, Chad President and Will Hefley combined to throw for 2,077 yards and just six touchdowns.
Skipper might have been the starter at the end of last year, but new recruit Davis Brin will get his shot and, eventually Chad President – once he’s back from his knee injury – will be in the mix.
Tulsa Biggest Issue
Run defense. Yeah, the offense has to find that special spark again, but it would be nice if the run defense was far better after allowing 265 yards per game. JUCO transfer LB Yohance Burnette is a thumper who could provide an instant impact, but the line has to be far, far tougher.
Tulsa Biggest Positive
The ground game. The passing attack might have sputtered and coughed, but the Golden Hurricane were great on the ground. D’Angelo Brewer and his 1,517 yards are gone, but Shamari Brooks is more than ready to be a 1,000-yard rusher. The backup backs are in place to form a solid rotation.
Really, Why Are The Tulsa Golden Hurricane Ranked Here?
The offense had better work.
Tulsa’s defense is never going to be a killer, but that doesn’t matter unless the offense can produce. With almost all of the top targets back, and Brooks a great back, all that’s missing is the right quarterback to make it all happen. That might take the entire offseason.