Position breakdown: Tulsa

The Golden Hurricane has an edge somewhere in Game 2

All through camp, cornerback Julian Wilson matched himself up against new receiver Dorial Green-Beckham.

DGB won’t have any impact on the field this season, well kind of. Competing against DGB made Wilson a better cornerback, and ultimately, it prepared him for this weekend against Tulsa and its big, talented wide receivers.

Golden Hurricane’s top receiver Kevarris Garrett is 6-foot-4, and Joshua Atkinson is 6-foot-2. The two combined for 15 catches last week. The most dynamic of the bunch is slot receiver Keevan Lucas, who had 16 offensive touches, 269 yards and three touchdowns last week.

“They’re athletic, man,” cornerback Zack Sanchez said. “… They have the receivers to take it down the field. We have to be on our Ps and Qs.”

Sanchez said he and Wilson are ready for the challenge.

“As a DB because you know you’re going to get more action,” Sanchez said. “Seeing that and more balls coming at you, there’s more opportunities to make turnovers and plays on the ball.”

That is the key position battle this week. Here’s a look at how each team compares across the board:

Quarterback: Tulsa quarterback Dane Evans made his first start last week, and the sophomore had a great showing in a Week 1 victory. He attempted 53 passes and threw for 438 yards and four touchdowns. Statistically, his day was better than Knight’s first game. But Knight was better in general. Oklahoma.

Running back: Well, Oklahoma’s running backs sure proved something in Game 1. They are a talented trio and are each complete backs in their own right. Tulsa is more dedicated to the run than in the past, carrying the ball 36 times and averaging nearly five yards per carry, but ….Oklahoma is the winner.

Wide receivers: Tulsa and Oklahoma have similar receiving corps, both have one talented pass catcher and a couple young guys coming along quickly. Sophomore Keevan Lucas is in his first full year as a starter and is a game-changer. Tulsa takes this one, but it’s close.

Tight end: The tight ends in this game had a combined 10 catches last year and none so far this year. Although Tulsa’s lack of tight-end use is a result of the game plan, Oklahoma’s lack of catches is a result of lacking game experience. Oklahoma has the better tight ends, though.

Offensive line: There aren’t many O-lines better than Oklahoma’s. Tulsa isn’t one of them.

Defensive line: Rinse, repeat. Did anyone hear from Charles Tapper in Game 1? Just imagine when you do. Oklahoma

Linebackers: Tulsa’s lone returner at the second level is Mitchell Osborne, who had 83 tackles last year. He has speed and could be an all-conference performer. That’s in the American Athletic Conference. Oklahoma has a trio of potential All-Big 12 linebackers.

Secondary: Will Barrow and Dwight Dobbins combined for 10 tackles at corner last week for Tulsa. The Golden Hurricane already has a great safety duo. Oklahoma’s group has potential, but Tulsa has already proven itself.

Special teams: Shepard, Hunnicutt, Barnett. There aren’t many units better than those three. Oh yeah, throw in Alex Ross’ 80-yard kickoff return. Oklahoma

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