What You Need To Know About The Tulsa Offense
– After blowing past the 6,500-yard mark for two years in a row, Tulsa sputtered and coughed last year with just over 5,000. It was supposed to be a bit of a rebuilding season, but the passing game struggled through an inconsistent quarterback situation, but the ground attack was solid. To get back to being the Tulsa O of previous seasons …
– The quarterback situation has to be fantastic right away. Luke Skipper appears to be the near future of the O, but he only threw three touchdown passes and four picks after being thrown to the wolves. Chad President is a good all-around playmaker, but he suffered a knee injury and is iffy for the season, and Seth Boomer is good, but inexperienced. Baylor transfer Zach Smith won’t be available until next season.
The receivers will be there to help the cause, starting with all-conference performer Justin Hobbs and strong running-mate Keenen Johnson. They can both stretch the field but they need the quarterbacks to make it all go. In all, four of the top five targets are back – there will be a big improvement through the air.
– D’Angelo Brewer and his 1,517 rushing yards have to be replaced, but Shamari Brooks is a terrific small, quick back who should shine with more work – he’s great around the goal line – and Corey Taylor is healthy again to give the Golden Hurricane a strong rushing option. All the backs should rock behind a line with four starters returning.
Chandler Miller might be the best center in the American Athletic Conference, and Tyler Bowling is one of the top guards. Pass protection was a bit of a problem, but the line did a nice job for the ground game. And now it’s a veteran crew.
Biggest Key To The Tulsa Offense
The quarterback play has to be steady. The Golden Hurricane attack that rolled for almost 3,500 yards with 33 touchdowns through the air two years ago couldn’t seem to do much of anything right. It was okay at moving the chains, but the scoring wasn’t there with just six touchdown passes as a team with eight picks – and a mere 2,077 yards.
Wildly inconsistent, Tulsa didn’t do enough down the field and never threw for more than one score in any game. That has to change – and it will.