August 28, 2011

Tulsa continues preparing for Oklahoma

The Tulsa football team went through a two-hour practice session at Chapman Stadium yesterday morning and continues to prepare for its season opener against the Oklahoma Sooners. The team has remained focused despite being without one of its best players.

"We really emphasized a lot of special teams and a lot of different situations we may face," said Tulsa head coach Bill Blankenship. "We'll come back Sunday and go through a mock game to work all of our substitutions. I feel like it's all coming together. I really like the focus that we've had from our players."

After Sunday's practice, Tulsa will take Monday off and then begin a regular game-week routine on Tuesday.

"We'll get on a regular routine of Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday for next week," Blankenship said. "Everything is all about implementing our game plan and scouting reports for Oklahoma. I'm really impressed with our guys. They're very resilient and focused. With a lot of distractions going on, I felt that there was a good spirit and good focus today."

The distractions mentioned by Blankenship stem from the indefinite suspension of star player Damaris Johnson. The senior wide receiver was suspended on Friday after being questioned by police for possible involvement in an alleged criminal act involving his girlfriend, who was arrested.

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