TULSA– The Tulsa football team practiced at H.A. Chapman Stadium for the second consecutive day Thursday morning as the temperature reached 91 with humidity at 40 percent for the sixth practice of fall camp.
“We had a good warm day today. We needed it. When you’re on the turf, the heat, plus hot spray washing the stadium adds a little more humidity. There was no breeze today. It was good to be in the heat today. They needed to feel it,” said Tulsa head coach Philip Montgomery. “We had a good workout today. The energy stayed good all the way through, and that’s the way we wanted it.”
“I was pleased. We changed some things up practice-wise today. I thought our guys reacted and played with it really well. We executed on both sides. We had some good quality work today. Everyday we’re installing new things. We have to keep up with what we already have installed, continue to improve on that and continue to be diligent on the new things we’re adding,” said Montgomery.
Tulsa will be back on the practice field Friday before Saturday’s Fan Fest, 10:30-1:30 p.m., at Chapman Stadium.
The Tulsa linebacker corps entered preseason camp with quite a bit more depth than the Hurricane had a year ago.
“Our room right now is full of a lot of football players. We can talk about several guys. Guys are providing a lot of depth right now, which we didn’t have last year,” said linebacker coach Joseph Gillespie.
Returning starters Cooper Edmiston and Diamon Cannon are back for their junior seasons, as is another Robert Revels III, who saw considerable playing time in 2017.
Edmiston was second on the team in tackles with 106 stops, while Cannon was fourth with 60 tackles and added 4.5 TFLs, two pass breakups, and two fumble recoveries. Revels, who like Edmiston, played as a true freshman in the 2016 season, totaled 25 tackles last year.
“I think our linebackers have been very physical and have done a good job in coverage. I’ve been most impressed with that they’ve done a much better job of leading our football team in terms of being vocal, communicating, getting us in the right calls and getting us set. That shows a lot of maturity on their part. We have a long ways to go at that spot, but I’m really pleased with what we’ve got out of these first six practices,” said Tulsa head coach Philip Montgomery.
Also returning from last year’s roster and having good camps are sophomore Treyvon Reeves and red-shirt freshmen Zaven Collins and Bryson Powers.
“So far this fall camp, things have been progressing great. Having guys like Cooper Edmiston, Diamon Cannon and even Robert Revels, who got a lot of experience last year. Cooper and Diamon, who played essentially every game last year and getting that experience under their belt, now they’re able to bring something else to the table.
“We’re doing some different things defensively that has helped us in execution and making big plays,” added Gillespie. “Obviously, we still have a lot to work on, but I love their competitiveness and how hard they’re working.”
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