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2009 Tulsa Golden Hurricanes Football Preview

2009 Tulsa Golden Hurricanes season preview from Maddux Sports. Below you can find our official Tulsa Golden Hurricanes football preview as well as the 2009 Tulsa Golden Hurricanes Football Schedule. Get Free football predictions against the sportsbooks college football betting line.

Coach: Todd Graham (3rd year at Tulsa)
Team Name: Golden Hurricanes
2008 Overall Record: 11-3
Returning Starters: 13

The Tulsa Golden Hurricane (11-3 overall, 7- 1 Conference USA) finished 2008 tied for first in the West Division and earned a berth in their second straight GMAC Bowl. As they did in the 2007 GMAC, the team won last year’s game. This time they beat #23 Ball State 45- 13.

The Tulsa offense, which was good for 47.2 PPG (2nd nationally) and 569.9 YPG (1st nationally), must replace star QB David Johnson who threw for 2,059 yards, hitting 46 touchdown passes. There are a few guys in line for the job with junior Jacob Bower (15 ATT, 11 COMP, 138 YDs, 1 INT, 1 TD) or sophomore G.J. Kinne getting a shot at the field general spot. There’s good news at wideout. Four starters return, including sophomore Damaris Johnson (53 REC, 743 YDs, 10 TDs) and senior Slick Shelley (39 REC, 627 YDs, 8 TDs). The rushing attack features a wealth of talented runners. Junior Jamad Williams (86 ATT, 523 YDs, 3 TDs) and the versatile A.J. Whitmore (51 ATT, 346 YDs, 6 TDs) are both solid. This is a deep unit. The offensive line, which returns just two starters, will have to be reworked.

The Tulsa defense needs to improve its 75th ranking nationally (27.9 PPG). Senior James Lockett, a roamer in the secondary and rusher up through the line, led the club in sacks with 8.5 and was second in tackles with 82. He also notched 8 TFL. Senior MLB Mike Bryan (119 TKLs, 4 SKs, 6.5 TFL) is a tackling machine. The linebacking unit is the central power on defense. Along with Bryan, OLB Tanner Antle (63 TKLs, 4.5 SKs, 3 TFL) and OLB George Clinkscale (53 TKLs, 3 SKs, 4 TFL) are fine forces. Senior free safety Charles Davis (76 TKLs, 2 INTs) can sniff out passes and senior corner Kenny D. Sims (41 TKLs, 1.5 TFL, 1 INT) is a solid competitor. There’s a lack of depth in the secondary.

On special teams, the placekicking spot is open. Look for either Matt Hulse or Kevin Fitzpatrick to win the job. Cory Jefferis will handle kickoffs. The punting game belongs to Michael Such (22 Punts, 947 YDs, 43.0 YPP, 3 In20), a junior with a fine leg. Kick returns will be ably run by speedy sophomore Damaris Johnson (54 Kick RET, 1,382 YDs, 25.6 YPR). Junior Trae Johnson (21 Punt RET, 143 YDs, 6.8 YPR) will runback punts.

Head coach Todd Graham (21- 7 in two years with Tulsa) saw his team stumble three times last season, losing to non-conference opponents Arkansas 23- 30 and East Carolina 24- 27 and conference rivals Houston 30- 70. This season, the September 19 game versus Big 12 power Oklahoma and the October 14 contest against the WAC’s top team Boise State will both be major tests. If Tulsa can beat both and win the conference championship, they could get an invitation to a BCS Bowl game. Expect Tulsa to be competitive in Conference USA and earn a spot at a middle tier bowl.

Tulsa Golden Hurricanes Football Schedule

Date Team Opponent Site Line Total Points Opp Points
9/4/2009 Tulsa Tulane away        
9/12/2009 Tulsa New Mexico away        
9/19/2009 Tulsa Oklahoma away        
9/26/2009 Tulsa Sam Houston St. home        
10/3/2009 Tulsa Rice away        
10/14/2009 Tulsa Boise St. home        
10/21/2009 Tulsa UTEP away        
10/31/2009 Tulsa SMU home        
11/7/2009 Tulsa Houston home        
11/15/2009 Tulsa East Carolina home        
11/21/2009 Tulsa Southern Miss away        
11/28/2009 Tulsa Memphis home        


For more info on the 2009 Tulsa Golden Hurricanes football program, view the Golden Hurricanes website or read up on the rest of the non BCS ncaa football teams below.


2009 Non BCS Football Team Previews

Here is where we list some other teams from non bcs conferences. Each link gives our individual team preview for the college. Coverage includes teams from the WAC, Mountain West, Conference USA, & Independents. For all BCS teams visit our 2009 college football preview page.

Is Utah this years Utah? Or is Boise State this years Boise State? Will Notre Dame save Charlie Weis' job! There are a few BCS busters in the mix this year and we let you know which non BCS teams are contenders, not pretenders. For a more broad look at these teams view the Non BCS Conference Teams Preview page of Maddux Sports.

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