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Five Players to Watch: SMU vs. Tulsa

Demo breaks down five Tulsa players to watch on Saturday against SMU.

QB Dane Evans

HT: 6-1 WT: 218
2,548 yards, 15 TDs, 5 INTs

SMU won’t be facing a dual threat quarterback this week. So that’s good news. Still Evans can throw the football and he can throw it well. He’s averaging 364 passing yards a game and is completing 60.4 percent of his passes this season. Evans has only throw five interceptions this season, but has thrown one in each of his last two games. Evans is also coming off one of his better performances of the season after putting 421 yards  and four touchdowns on Memphis last week. 

RB Zack Langer

HT: 6-0 WT: 220 
596 yards 11 TDs

Langer has been Tulsa's workhorse this season and has carried the rock 153 times—90 carries more than backup D’Angelo Brewer. He’s averaging just less than 100 yards a game with 99.3 and is averaging 3.9 yards a carry. Langer likes to beat up opponents and his runs will get longer as games continue. Brewer benefits from that too—as the change of pace guy he’s averaging 5.7 yards a pop and together they combine for 958 of Tulsa’s total yards this season. 

WR Keyarris Garrett

HT: 6-4 WT: 221
59 catches, 966 yards, 5 TDs

Evans has been throwing the ball well this season, and Garrett has been a big reason for that. He’s averaging 138 yards a game and is responsible for a large chunk of Tulsa’s offense. At 6-4, 221 pounds, Garrett is a big, big man. He has the size and athleticism to cause matchup problems. As a team that has given up a lot of big plays, Garrett could seriously do some damage against SMU. 

LB Matt Linscott

HT: 6-1 WT: 220
59 tackles, 10.5 TFL, 3.5 sacks, 1 INT, 2 FF

Linscott is a one-man wrecking crew. All season long he has disrupted offenses and created havoc in the backfield. His 3.5 sacks and 10.5 TFL are number one on the team and his interceptions is tied for first. SMU has had issues protecting Matt Davis and consistently opening up holes for its running backs, so expect Linscott to be a thorn in their side. 

Michael Mudoh

HT: 5-10 WT: 205
82 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 5  pass break ups

Mudoh leads Tulsa in tackles and pass breakups. So not only is he stepping up and making plays, but he’s disrupting passing attacks too. He still doesn’t have an interception this season but with his involvement that’s bound to change. SMU’s Matt Davis had been careful with the football this season, but threw an interception against USF last week and failed to throw a touchdown for the first time this season. We’ll have to see if he can get things back on track or if this turns into a slump.  


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