Golden Hurricane looking for a Conference title

Tulsa is the smallest school in the football bowl subdivision, but has been a very successful program the last few years. They are the defending Conference USA champion and are coming off a Liberty Bowl victory over Iowa. Even though they only return 10 starters across the board, they will be ready to defend their title this season.

This year they will be led by Nebraska transfer, and senior quarterback Cody Green, he is also the largest QB in program history (6-4 247). He played in 13 games for the Golden Hurricane throwing for 2,592 yards. He will hope to match or better that total this season and avoid missing any games with injuries. He will be willing to throw the ball around; it will be up to his receivers to make the catches. Joining Green in the backfield will be a couple senior backs who hope to be a big part of the offense this year. Trey Watts and Cody Wilson will look to give the Golden Hurricane a boost to their ground game this year. Trey Watts was also a 2nd team Conference USA kick returner last season, so watch for him to be explosive on special teams. This could be one of the Conferences best RB tandems and could eat up yards in chunks.

The receiving corps is returning the top three players from last year and will look to use an experienced quarterback to their advantage this season. The receiving corps will be led by senior Jordan James, who will look to improve on the 568 yards he had last year. But before the receivers can run free and catch passes, you have to make sure the quarterback has time to drop back and throw the ball. The offensive line should be as good as last year, with junior Jake Alexander returning, this should be a group to give the quarterback all the time in the world to throw the ball. With the experience coming back, this offensive unit will be a strength for the Golden Hurricane and should be one of the more high scoring units in the conference.

The defense will look a little more depleted this season with only 3 starters returning across the board. The defensive line will be a complete overhaul from last year after losing all four starters. This unit will be the biggest question mark on the defense and will hopefully pull some experience from senior Jack Jewell, who played in nine games last season. The linebackers have some experience returning from last season with Shawn Jackson who started 10 games, but the other two starters are both a little more “green” and it will be tough for this unit to become dominant. This year the secondary looks to still be a decent unit with 2nd team conference player Marco Nelson back. Overall this will be an interesting year for the Golden Hurricane defensively as they won’t be as strong as they were in the past, but with some luck, they could prove to be a surprise group.

The Tulsa Golden Hurricane look to have an opportunity to match their win total from last season, but they will have some tough games along the way. The toughest game they will play is against Oklahoma, but they also see Colorado State and Iowa State in non-conference play. Then once they get into conference play, they have two games against Conference USA east opponents East Carolina and Marshall. These two games will be a good measuring stick for Tulsa, because they most likely will see one of these teams if they make it to the Conference USA title game.

8/31-At Bowling Green – W

9/7-Colorado St. – L

9/14-At Oklahoma – L

9/21- Iowa St. – W

10/5-Rice – W

10/12-At UTEP – W

10/26-At Tulane – W

11/2-UTSA – W

11/9-At E. Carolina – L

11/14-Marshall – W

11/23-At Louisiana Tech – W

11/30-North Texas – W

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2013 Record: 9-3

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  1. Kody. You are on a roll. I’ve enjoyed all of your recent posts. You have provided great stats and information on each team. You have done it in style my man.

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