TULSA — The Tulsa football team will open spring drills on Tuesday at H.A. Chapman Stadium. It will be the first of 15 spring workouts covering five weeks, and the first of three this week before taking next week off for Spring Break.
Tulsa practices on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week with practice sessions beginning at 3:30 pm. Practices are open to the public, but TU fans are required to enter and sign-in for each practice session at the check-in station on the west side of the stadium.
Tulsa, still an extremely young team, returns 15 starters, including 10 on defense and five on offense, while a total of 12 more players also saw starting time in the 2013 season.
"The emphasis this spring from a coaching staff standpoint is identification and development of our young players," said Tulsa Head Coach Bill Blankenship. "We have some veterans back and have some guys injured, none of that can really matter. What we need to do is develop the players we have. Were going to emphasize this as a teaching spring and a physical spring."
Whereas in the past few years, we've compressed spring drills down to about a four week window, we're stretching spring drills out a little past five weeks this year," added Blankenship. "We're going to go a little slower so we have more teaching time and a little more time for recovery. We've have got to become a more physical football team."
Six Tulsa players will be relegated to no contact during spring drills, two players to non-participation and another two players may be able to return be the end of spring drills. Those players limited to non-contact work this spring include WR Josh Atkinson, OT Blake Belcher, WR Keyarris Garrett, RB Zack Langer, DB Bradley White and CB Darrell Williams, while LB Trent Martin and TE Garrett McGrady wiss miss spring drills entirely. CB Dwight Dobbins and WR Connor Floyd will be limited early, but may be able to return by the end of spring drills.
The Tulsa offense is where most eyes will be focused during the spring as the Hurricane tries to decide on a quarterback.