LEGENDS IN THE MAKING: Tulsa’s quarterback corps stands in front of the 1942 Hurricane football team, which won the Sugar Bowl and finished no. 4 in the nation. From left are standouts G.J.Kinne, Shavodrick Beaver and Jacob Bower.
The University of Tulsa football team begins the 2009 season on at Tulane on Sept. 4. It is the first of nine nationally televised games.
The team is coming off an historically productive year where they finished the campaign with a school-best 11-3 record and they look to do more of the same.
Tulsa’s Damaris Johnson is one reason for all the hype. Johnson has been named to the Phil Steele Magazine Preseason All-America Second Team as a kick returner, named the C- Preseason Special Teams Player of the Year by league coaches and has been placed on the first-team preseason all-conference squad with four of his teammates, Tyler Holmes, Mike Bryan and James Lockett.
Johnson set a school record last year with 1,319 kick return yards. He was also Tulsa and Conference USA’s leader for all-purpose yardage with 2,201 yards. Johnson was Tulsa’s leading pass catcher with 53 receptions and was second for receiving yardage with 743 yards. He also had a team-leading 10 receiving touchdowns. Last year’s season best game came with 135 yards on six catches in a 45-13 victory over 23rd-ranked Ball State in the Bowl.
More news of note from TU is Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham being named the 2008-09 Football Bowl Subdivision Central Region Under Armour Athletics Director of the Year.
TU also won the C- Championship for the Excellence in Management Cup for being the most economically efficient athletic department in the conference.
Tulsa football opens at home on Sept. 26 against Sam Houston State.