March 27, 2007

Spring Report: Focus on WR

Spring is the season of experiments. Some bloom into innovations, others fade back into the same idea as last year.

The Tulsa coaching staff may have picked up a rare find in Kyle Young. The prospective wide receiver fresh from two years in Doug Wojcik's basketball program handled a ten yard strike to the midsection from quarterback David Johnson. Position coach Bill Blankenship provided background on the new kid on the field.

"Kyle has unlimited potential," he said. "He's got great size, 6-foot-5 or 6-foot-6. He actually runs pretty good for a big man. Where Kyle is behind is just in the technique of having to deal with guys that try to get in your face and try to hold and hang on."

"He's getting better every day. I think he's going to continue to find a niche. It's been three years since he's played football. We're going to take it slow and give him a few things to master and hopefully get in a situation where he will be a match-up problem for the defense."

Another experiment has been defensive back Ty Page taking a stab at wide receiver. That switch is over. The 6-foot-2 and 220-pound junior went back to defense today.

"We took him out of a place where he was playing, and if he wasn't going to be able to play immediately we sure wanted to get him back in the [defensive] rotation before he missed too many days," Blankenship explained.

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