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Tulsa junior WR Keyarris Garrett will miss the rest of the season after suffering a compound fracture of his lower left leg in Saturday's game against Colorado State.

This marks the third straight year that Tulsa has lost a premier wideout; Damaris Johnson was suspended for the season in 2011 and Bryan Burnham was lost for the year in the 2012 opener with a knee injury. Garrett caught 67 passes for 845 yards and nine TDs last year, all team bests. The 6-foot-4, 219-pounder can use a redshirt this season and return in 2014 as a redshirt junior. "Losing Keyarris - let's not downplay this," Tulsa quarterback Cody Green said. "It's going to hurt. He's a deep threat. Big, physical guy. He helps us out in the passing game and in the run game because defenses key on him."
Source: Tulsa World
Mon, Sep 9, 2013 02:09:00 PM

Tulsa senior S Demarco Nelson will miss the 2013 season due to academics.

Tulsa had appealed the ruling, but the NCAA officially denied Nelson's reinstatement on Wednesday. "We’re extremely disappointed that Demarco will not be able to compete this season," head coach Bill Blankenship said. "He’ll need to concentrate his efforts on academics and be in a situation to play and graduate next year."
Source: Tulsa World
Thu, Sep 5, 2013 10:10:00 AM

Tulsa senior S Demarco Nelson, who has been a longtime starter for the program, will miss at least the season opener against Bowling Green.

No details were given other than an announcement which stated Nelson "ineligible to compete per the NCAA’s Progress Towards Degree Requirement." Tulsa has appealed to the NCAA for Nelson’s reinstatement, and he could return for the home opener against Colorado State.
Source: Tulsa World
Wed, Aug 28, 2013 11:00:00 AM

Tulsa backup senior QB Kalen Henderson intends to transfer.

The Tulsa World suggests Nicholls State as a possible destination. Henderson has appeared in 11 games over the past two seasons, including one start, his completion percentage is around 32 percent. On top of that, Henderson has thrown four touchdowns compared to six interceptions.
Source: Tulsa World
Fri, Jul 5, 2013 12:15:00 PM

Tulsa starting sophomore K Daniel Schwarz will seek a transfer.

Wide receiver Adam Boyd is also leaving the school, and neither gave a reason, at least publicly, for their departures. Schwarz connected on 12-of-18 field goal attempts and 52-of-59 extra points last season. Carl Salazar, a former walk on, appears to be in line for the starting kicker duties.
Source: Tulsa World
Sun, May 19, 2013 01:14:00 PM

Tulsa H-back Willie Carter ran his forty in the 4.45-4.52 range during the school's pro day.

Carter is drawing interest form the Packers and Eagles, per Pauline. At Tulsa, Carter was used from a variety of sets, specifically as a detached receiver. He sports a thick frame and runs hard after the catch. He'd be worth a shot as a camp invite.
Sat, Mar 23, 2013 12:26:00 PM

Tulsa senior WR Bryan Burnham suffered a "significant knee injury" in Saturday's loss to Iowa State.

Head coach Bill Blankenship did not have a long-term prognosis for Burnham, saying only that the receiver is "certainly… out for now" and that the news is "heartbreaking." An MRI is scheduled for the near future. As a junior last season, he recorded 54 receptions for 850 yards and nine touchdowns.
Source: Tulsa World
Tue, Sep 4, 2012 12:34:00 PM

Cody Green is ready to take over Golden Hurricane offense.

Experience was a major factor in Green being tabbed the starting quarterback coming out of the spring. He totaled more than 900 yards (657 passing) and 8 touchdowns in two seasons at Nebraska before sitting out 2011 as a transfer. Green has two years of eligibility remaining.
Thu, Apr 26, 2012 12:22:00 PM

Tulsa receiver Thomas Roberson is ready to contribute once again after missing virtually all of 2011 with injuries.

Roberson and his twin brother, James, are back and healthy this spring. For Thomas, it’s an opportunity to show that he can step in at help at receiver much like he did as a freshman in 2010. That year he caught 30 passes for 367 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Fri, Mar 9, 2012 11:32:00 AM

Tulsa quarterback G.J. Kinne threw for 203 yards and ran for 92 in a 24-17 win at UCF.

With the score tied at 17-17, Kinne’s 16-yard TD pass to Clay Sears with 8:23 remaining was the difference for the Golden Hurricane, who are 5-0 in CUSA. Kinne has thrown 17 TD passes and ran for two more this season. The only game he did not throw at least one TD pass was Sept. 17 against Oklahoma State when he left early due to injury.
Fri, Nov 4, 2011 09:01:00 AM

Receiver Willie Carter set a career high with 13 receptions for 173 yards and a touchdown in a win over SMU Saturday.

Carter has set personal bests for receptions in each of his last two games, topping the 9 grabs he had last week. Carter has been very consistent for Tulsa, now catching a TD in five straight games.
Sat, Oct 29, 2011 09:31:00 PM

Tulsa's Damaris Johnson pleaded guilty to felony embezzlement and was sentenced Wednesday.

Golden Hurricane coach Bill Blankenship suspended Johnson, the NCAA's all-time leader in all-purpose yards, in August following the incident.
Source: Tulsa World
Thu, Oct 13, 2011 02:17:00 PM

Tulsa quarterback G.J. Kinne, who suffered an unspecified knee injury last week, has not been ruled out for Saturday’s game at Boise State.

Kellen Moore vs G.J. Kinne? That’s more than 18,000-career passing yards and 165 TD passes. That’s what fans want to see and, hopefully, will be the case come Saturday on the blue turf. Tulsa is tight-lipped about Kinne’s injury, believed to be a Grade II MCL tear.
Source: Tulsa World
Wed, Sep 21, 2011 02:20:00 PM

Tulsa senior quarterback G.J. Kinne may have a Grade II MCL tear, which could keep him out up to a month.

As alluded to in Sunday’s note, it’s a case of "when it rains, it pours" for the Golden Hurricane. Two showcase players, WR/return specialist Damaris Johnson (indefinite suspension a week before the opener) and Kinne are not on the field. Tulsa does not have the players that can fill in and come close to duplicating what these two athletes have done during their respective careers at Tulsa. What looked like a scintillating game at Boise State this week with big-time college athletes on both sides will likely be reduced to a scrimmage for Kellen Moore and the Broncos.
Source: Tulsa World
Mon, Sep 19, 2011 11:14:00 AM

Tulsa quarterback G.J. Kinne suffered an MCL injury early in a loss at Oklahoma State.

The extent of the injury was not known when this note was published, but "MCL" and "injury" do not mix well. The Golden Hurricane already lost dynamic WR Damaris Johnson in the preseason due to off-field issues. Makes you wonder what else can go wrong for Bill Blankenship in his first year as coach at Tulsa. With Kinne out, redshirt freshman Kellen Henderson threw for 104 yards with 2 TDs and 3 picks. Kinne is approaching 7,000 career passing yards and has 58 TD passes.
Source: Tulsa World
Sun, Sep 18, 2011 10:33:00 AM


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