August 22, 2007

TU backfield still strong

The University of Tulsa football program has enjoyed a solid backfield for several years, and that continues with this season's crop of running backs and fullbacks. While some are nursing bumps and bruises, others have stepped up to provide depth. Along with grinding out rushing yards, the backs will play a large role in Gus Malzahn's passing game as well.

Senior Courtney Tennial, who expected to play an even bigger role this year, has been listed as day-to-day for most of fall camp while nursing injury. Junior Tarrion Adams has had a solid camp and looks to continue where he left off.

While Tennial and Adams are proven commodities, two newcomers have broken out in camp and will likely contribute this year.

"Jamad Williams had an excellent spring," said TU Co-Offensive Coordinator Gus Malzahn. "We really feel like he has a whole lot of potential to help us."

"Charles Clay has really gotten off to a great start. He has a lot of athletic ability, he catches the ball well and runs well."

Williams is a 5-foot-9 and 193-pound redshirt freshman that converted from defensive back to running back in the spring, with fantastic results. Clay is a true freshman. The 6-foot-3, 222-pounder has been a monster in fall camp.

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