Closer Look At Todd Graham

In addition, here's a look at just a few of the players Todd Graham brought to Tulsa; showing how he got the most of a few players that either transferred in from bigger schools, or made a big impact despite not being heavily recruited.

- When it comes to offense, Graham's teams have certainly produced. The Golden Hurricane led the nation in yards a game in 2007 (543.9) and 2008 (569.9), and finished this past season fifth in offense, averaging 505.6 yards a game. In scoring offense, the Golden Hurricane ranked eighth, averaging 41.4 points a game.

- Tulsa established 47 new school records during Graham's four-year stint.

- In his 53 games at Tulsa, Graham's teams scored 40 or more points 26 times, 50 or more points 14 times, 60 or more points 5 times, and one game with 70 points (77 vs. UTEP in 2008).

- Also in those 53 games, Tulsa had at least 400 yards of offense 43 times, 500 or more yards in 33 games and 600 or more yards in 12 games.

Shawn Jackson (6-0, 230 LB)
- from his linebacker position, Jackson's performance in 2010 give Pitt fans a glimpse of how the linebackers role will change, if Graham brings a 3-3-5 scheme, as expected.
- named to Phil Steele's All-Freshman team
- Conference USA All-Freshman team
- honorable mention all-conference
- honorable mention Freshman All-American by
- team-best 15.5 tackles for losses and 8.5 sacks
- Jackson, a two-star linebacker had a number of schools interested, but Tulsa was his only offer

Marco Nelson (6-0, 192, S)
- named to Phil Steele's All-Freshman team
- Conference USA All-Freshman team
- first-team all-conference selection
- led team with six interceptions
- Nelson might be comparable to a Jarred Holley. Given Holley's numbers in a 4-3 base scheme, his numbers have the chance to balloon in type of system.
- Originally a two-star running back recruit, Tulsa was his only known offer

Damaris Johnson (5-8, 170, WR)
- All-America selection in 2010
- finished collegiate career as the nation's leader with 7,796 all-purpose yards. Johnson led the Golden Hurricane in receiving (57 receptions, 872 yards, 4 TD) and also returned a punt and a kickoff for a touchdown this year.
- Pitt has a number of receiver who can benefit from this type of system. Ray Graham and Cameron Saddler come to mind as two players who could put up numbers like Johnson did at Tulsa in 2010.
- Johnson chose Tulsa over offers from Memphis, TCU, Louisiana, Louisiana Tech and Louisiana-Monroe

G.J Kinne (6-2, 215, QB)
- Conference USA Player of the Year
- led the Golden Hurricane with 561 yards on the ground and seven touchdowns, one more yard than receiver/all-purpose back Johnson had
- Kinne completed 275-of-460 passes (59.8 percent) for 31 touchdowns and 10 interceptions
- Kinne, a junior this past season, transferred to Tulsa from Texas, after red shirting his freshman year of 2007 at Texas. He transferred to Tulsa in 2008, where he sat out that season due to the transfer

Shavodrick Beaver (6-3, 190, QB)
- Graham was also able to lure former Michigan commit, Shavodrick Beaver to his 2009 recruiting class.
- Beaver was a four-star quarterback in the 2009 class

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