Watch now: TU wraps up spring season with game and festivities on Saturday | TU Sports Extra
Hot on the heels of its 15-practice spring schedule that ended Thursday, the University of Tulsa football team will wrap up the spring season Saturday morning with its annual spring game.
The game-related festivities will begin at 11:00 a.m. and will include a bouncy house for the kids. Kick off for the intrasquad exhibition is scheduled for around noon on Skelly Field at HA Chapman Stadium. Admission to the game, which is part of TU’s Hall-Of-Fame weekend, will be free.
TU will induct its Class of 2021 Hall of Fame on Saturday night inside the Reynolds Center. Rower Michele Sechser, TU ’08; quarterback Jeb Blount, ’75; basketball coach Tubby Smith, 1991-95; football player Ryan Pore, ’04; distance runner Chris O’Hare, ’13; and the 1971 baseball team will be inducted.
Head coach Philip Montgomery said the game would be a welcome end to spring training.
“We saw what we wanted to see (this spring),” he said. “We have a good idea of where we are, where we need to improve… but that being said, tomorrow is kind of the ‘let the guys have a little fun, let them play a little bit. “”
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The team will be without returning quarterback Davis Brin, who is retained on a precautionary basis after undergoing surgery on his non-throwing hand after last season. He played in all 13 games last season, completing 59% of his passes and throwing 18 touchdowns as the team finished 7-6, closing with a 30-17 win over Old Dominion at the Myrtle Beach Bowl.
Players to watch
Jayden Simon, sophomore DL, #9
The transfer from Colorado played eight games for the Buffaloes last season. Montgomery was impressed with his ability to move at 315 pounds. Montgomery said Simon is “a guy who can demand a double team, but if you seem to be blocking him, you better hang in there because he’s going to get a big move.”
Nick Rempert, Junior WR, No. 9
Rempert, a transfer from Tyler Junior College, has been an impressive playmaker for Montgomery since signing up this spring. He started his college career in Northern Illinois as a defensive back. While transitioning to receiver at Tyler, Rempert caught 10 passes for 197 yards last season.
Marquis Shoulders, RS-Freshman WR, #4
Coming out of its redshirt year, Shoulders is expected to contribute to the Golden Hurricane. Montgomery said the Katy, Texas native has “made good progress” and stepped up this spring. The former three-star recruit was a two-year starter at Tompkins High School and scored 13 total touchdowns in seven games his senior year.
Scottie Alexander, RS-Freshman WR, No. 22
Montgomery said Alexander’s 95-yard touchdown reception from Cardell Williams in last Saturday’s scrimmage was “good to see.” Alexander averaged 16.3 yards per catch his senior year at Collerville High School in Tennessee.
Tyon Davis, CB Graduate, No. 0
Davis “continued to improve his game,” according to Montgomery. The Putnam City native is the high school veteran, having played in all 13 games last season, recording 75 tackles and 10 pass breakups.
LJ Wallace, Senior S, No. 22
Entering his third season with the Golden Hurricane, Wallace has “made some progress” in his game, Montgomery said. He was intercepted in the second quarter of the Myrtle Beach Bowl.
Braylon Braxton, RS-Freshman QB, No. 1
In Brin’s absence, Braxton will be one of TU’s main snap takers. The dual-threat quarterback attended Independence High School in Frisco, Texas. He had 3,236 passing yards and 45 touchdowns in his junior season.
Justin Wright, RS-Senior LB, No. 30
Wright tied for first in the TU tackles standings last season with 82, appearing in 12 games. The veteran linebacker was praised by Montgomery and defensive coordinator Luke Olson this spring for his experience and leadership.
Roman Fuller, RS-Sophomore QB, No. 10
Fuller completed 12 of 18 passes in last year’s spring game but threw no passes in a game last season. At Decatur High School in Decatur, Texas, Fuller threw for 9,002 total yards and 90 touchdowns while completing 66% of his passes.