In 2015 Tulsa averaged 37.2 points per game (ranked 21st nationally) and of their average of 507.4 yards of total offense per game, 333.2 came through the air. Philip Montgomery lost five players from that offense but the second-year head coach also returns some top talent at the skill positions. There’s no reason to expect anything other than continued improvement from the Golden Hurricane in 2016 and here are four guys that should make that happen.
Quarterback Dane Evans | The senior quarterback guided Tulsa to the nation’s 11th ranked passing attack in 2015 with 4,332 yards and 25 touchdowns to just eight interceptions. He’ll be a third-year starter in 2016 and will have three out of five returning starters back on the offensive line.
Receiver Josh Atkinson | A 1,000 yard receiver in 2015, Atkinson will look to fill in the gap left behind with the departure of Keyarris Garrett. At 6-2/208 he plays bigger than his size but he’s also been able to benefit by having a guy like Garrett on the field with him. It’ll be his show in 2016.
Keevan Lucas | Speed is his game and he’s really good at it. With just a 5-10/195 frame, Lucas is the perfect inside/slot receiver for Montgomery’s offense. He’s also got great hands to go along with his blazing speed.
Running Back D’Angelo Brewer | Possibly the most underrated aspect of the Tulsa offense was the rushing attack. In 2015 Brewer averaged a healthy 5.2 yards per carry but was one of multiple options in the backfield. Look for him to see a bump up from his 837 rushing yards last season.