Five Players to Watch: Tulsa

Demetrio introduces you to five Tulsa players you've got to watch for when SMU travels to Tulsa this weekend.

QB Dane Evans

As quarterback for the Golden Hurricanes in 2014, Evans has tallied 2290 passing yards, 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions. His completion percentage is only 55.6 percent, and he is averaging less than 300 yard a game. However, SMU is giving up 313.6 yards a game, has allowed 14 passing touchdowns and only picked of opposing quarterbacks twice.

RB Zack Langer

The 6-0 215 pound junior is Tulsa’s leading rusher despite only starting three out of seven games in 2014. This season he has compiled 479 yards and has reached end zone three times. He is averaging 3.8 yards a carry and 68.4 yards a game. SMU is allowing its opponents to gain an average of 5.5 yards a rush and 240 yards a game. Langer should easily reach his average weekly totals.

WR Keevan Lucas

The sophomore wide receiver is Tulsa’s leading receiver through eight games with 75 catches, 929 yards and eight touchdowns. Unlike several of SMU’s previous opponents, Tulsa’s passing attack goes through Lucas. Evans is comfortable with him and as a result Lucas gets the lion’s share of the targets. Lucas is averaging 12.4 yards a catch which is slightly less than the 13.8 yards SMU has been surrendering to receivers per play this season. Tulsa shouldn’t have any issues reaching their weekly averages and for Lucas, it should be a typical day at the office.

DE Derrick Alexander

The Golden Hurricanes’ 6-2 270 pound junior defensive end has been a headache for opposing offenses all season. Alexander leads Tulsa with five sacks, 7.5 tackles for a loss and two forced fumbles. Alexander is seventh on the team with just 24 total tackles. The Mustangs have given up 37 sacks in 2014. Alexander is an effective pass rushing end that could be a thorn in SMU’s side all day long- especially if they haven’t figured out how to get the best out of a young offensive line.

LB Craig Suits

A red-shirted freshman who has battled injuries for most of his collegiate career, Suits finally has his chance to play and is making the most of it. The 6-0 220 pound linebacker from Sunnyvale, Texas is third on the team with 50 total tackles, fourth in tackles for a loss with four, and tied for first in interceptions (one) and pass break ups (four). Suits is an athletic linebacker who is great in coverage and has nose for the football. Expect to see him making several plays on Saturday.

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