Scouting the WAC: Tulsa

The clock is ticking quickly on head coach Keith Burns, who could be moved out of Tulsa if he does not turn things around in a hurry, and it does not look like he will. The defense is adequate at best while the offense is woeful; the outlook for this program is similar to the prospects it will offer for the next level…minimal.

Tulsa Golden Hurricane

We see only a pair of senior players on defense that may get late round consideration and a junior with possibilities in the future. Defensive tackle Sam Rayburn is a quick, interior plugger that stuffs the run nicely while also displaying some ability to rush the passer. Rayburn plays with balance, has a closing burst of speed as well as a relentless motor. Though he uses his hands nicely to keep opponents away Rayburn is neither powerful nor quick getting off blocks and lacks the great, wide bodied build for the interior but could be useful as a back up four-three tackle. Inside linebacker Michael Dulaney is a heady run defender that quickly reads or anticipates the action and positions himself to make a play on the ball. Limited athletically, Dulaney's a two-down defender with only minimal skills defending the ball when it is in the air and more than likely a free agent. Junior Jorma Bailey is a nice athlete out of position at linebacker but a prospect that may have potential as a strong safety should he pull it together over the next few seasons.



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