Tulsa Defense Dominates 'Sloppy' Scrimmage

Thursday, May 26th 2011, 12:19 pm
By: News On 6

Originally Published: Apr 9, 2011 3:17 PM CDT

Bobby Lewis
Oklahoma Sports Reporter

TULSA, Oklahoma – Tulsa did not play like a team that’s knocking on the door of a conference title run during Saturday’s scrimmage. The offense dropped close to a half dozen catchable passes and struggled to score against the first team defense.

“It was just one of those days,” said quarterback G.J. Kinne. “The defense came out and whooped us today. Hopefully they can continue that into the next fall (during the season).”

There are just six days left until the annual spring game. That’s the concerning part for Bill Blankenship and the Golden Hurricane.

The bright spot in the weekend’s scrimmage was backup quarterback Shavodrick Beaver led multiple scoring drives and threw for a team-high 117 yards on 9-of-17 passing.

“It feels good,” smiled Beaver after the practice. “The juices are flowing, so I feel like I can go out there and stay consistent.”

The back field continues to produce for new offensive coordinator Greg Peterson. The team scored four touchdowns on the ground during the nearly 2-hour game simulation, including a bruising run by 245-pound junior, Alex Singleton.

“You can’t be denied,” he joked. “(Practice) started slow. We needed a spark ? Everybody has their moments.”

Trent Wilkins got his first interception of the spring scrimmages on Saturday. The annual spring game is set for this Friday, April 15th at 7 p.m.