Despite "Loss" in Spring Game, Defense Makes Waves

Thursday, May 26th 2011, 12:20 pm
By: News On 6

Originally Published: Apr 16, 2011 12:23 AM CDT

Oklahoma Sports Staff

TULSA, Oklahoma -- The score in a spring game is immaterial, but the defense was the subject of talk as the White Team (the offense) topped the Red Team (the defense) 52-40 in the Tulsa Golden Hurricane’s spring game Friday.

“I think physically, [the defense] looks more like Central Florida and East Carolina,” new head coach Bill Blankenship said. “I’m hoping that we’ll continue to grow into that and I’m very pleased with the way Coach [Brent] Guy has them playing.”

Luke Snider led the effort defensively with seven tackles, six solo, while Justin Skillens added in six tackles, four on his own. Jared St. John set the pace with tackles for by bringing the ball carrier down behind the line three times for a total loss of nine yards.

Offensively, G.J. Kinne was quite consistent, going 16-of-20 for 152 yards and three touchdowns, while receiver Jordan James finished with five receptions for 65 yards and a score.

Damaris Johnson continued to show he is one of the most dynamic playmakers in the country, carrying the ball twice for 60 yards and caught three passes for 17 yards and a touchdown.