Based on interviews with players and coaches, it would appear senior Julian Wilson is now the clear favorite to start at the vacant cornerback spot opposite Zack Sanchez.
Wilson has started 13 career games over the past two years at dimeback and nickelback, but played corner in high school at Southmoore.
“He's picked it up really well,” Sanchez said. “He played it in high school, so it wasn't all new to him. “He's an athletic guy and he's smart as well, so his technique and things like that are always on point so it was really easy for him to pick it up.”
Wilson said he’s still competing with junior Cortez Johnson and sophomores Dakota Austin and Stanvon Taylor for the spot, and isn’t taking anything for granted until coaches name a starter.
KNIGHT: SHEPARD CAPABLE OF MOVE OUTSIDE
Junior receiver Sterling Shepard is expected to work as an outside receiver this fall after spending his first two seasons in the slot.
Shepard, the most experienced returning wide receiver, is “one of those few guys that’s capable of playing on the inside and on the outside,” said quarterback Trevor Knight.
“It is a different position, but he's still gonna use what he's good at, and that's his speed,” Knight said. “He's gonna be able to run past people.”
Shepard and fellow junior Durron Neal are the best two outside receivers currently, while redshirt freshman K.J. Young and true freshman Michiah Quick appear to be the top options in the slot.
OU-TULSA TICKETS ON SALE SATURDAY
The University of Tulsa is making tickets available Saturday for its Sept. 6 home game against Oklahoma.
All seats are priced at $90, and tickets can be purchased online at TulsaHurricane.com. If tickets are still available after the Saturday sale, fans can purchase them by calling (918) 631-4688 or by going to the TU Athletic Ticket Office beginning Monday at 8:30 a.m.
The OU-Tulsa game is scheduled for 11 a.m.
Senior defender Geneo Grissom, asked if he’s comfortable at linebacker after an offseason move from defensive end: “Everyone asks me if I’ve found a home. It’s not really about finding a home. It’s just about finding a place where I can make plays for the team. I love it. I feel like it’s a great position for me and I can make plays there and help the defense.”
BY JASON KERSEY AND RYAN ABER