Best Tulsa Offensive Player
C Chandler Miller, Sr.
The offensive line might not have been a killer last season in pass protection, but it was terrific for the ground game that finished 14th in the nation and it should be stronger this year. Miller is the veteran three-year starter and two-time all-star with a terrific combination of quickness and power. He’s the rock the line works around, but guard Tyler Bowling and tackle Willie Wright aren’t bad, either.
2. OG Tyler Bowling, Sr.
3. WR Justin Hobbs, Sr.
4. RB Shamari Brooks, Soph.
5. QB Luke Skipper, Soph.
Best Tulsa Defensive Player
S McKinley Whitfield, Sr.
The 6-3, 216-pound safety led the team with 113 tackles with eight broken up passes, six tackles for loss and an interception. He’s got the speed to play anywhere in the secondary, but he’s a force at free safety, where he came up with double-digit stops in eight of the 12 games including 14 against the Navy and Tulane option attacks.
2. LB Cooper Edmiston, Jr.
3. LB Diamon Cannon, Jr.
4. S Jordan Mitchell, Sr.
5. S Manny Bunch, Soph.
Key Player To A Successful Season
QB Luke Skipper, Soph.
Or Chad President, or Seth Boomer, or even new recruit Davis Brin. The Tulsa offense is almost always going to work under this coaching staff, but couldn’t find the right guy to step in for Dane Evans and get the attack moving.
Skipper was the most effective of the three players who completed a pass, but President is a decent talent who now has to get over a torn ACL. No matter who’s under center, six touchdown passes – Evans threw five in the bowl win over Central Michigan at the end of the 2016 season – will never be okay.
Key Game To The Tulsa Season
Arkansas State, Sept. 15
There might be a mental hurdle cleared if Tulsa – after going 2-10 last season – can start out the year 2-1. It’ll beat Central Arkansas to kick things off, lose at Texas, and then host a solid Arkansas State team that should be in the thick of the Sun Belt title chase. If the Tulsa offense is working again, this should be a fun and wild shootout, but it’s also a must win. What’s next? At Temple, at Houston, UCF, at Arkansas.
2017 Tulsa Fun Stats
– Sacks: Opponents 26 for 153 yards – Tulsa 12 for 80 yards
– 4th Down Conversions: Tulsa 14-of-23 (61%) – 8-of-17 (47%)
– Total Offense: Opponents 6,347 yards – Tulsa 5,044