Sperry lineman glad to join team 'on the rise'
BY MIKE BROWN World Sports Writer
Thursday, February 02, 2012
Nobody had to tell Chris Wallace that the University of Tulsa football team has played in seven bowl games over the past nine years.
"I grew up around here and I know how great (Tulsa) is, and I like their offense," the Sperry offensive lineman said.
Wallace said he wanted to join "a program on the rise," so he signed Wednesday with the Golden Hurricane. He said he hopes to study petroleum engineering.
Sperry head coach Robert Park said Wallace is the first Pirate to sign a major-college football letter in 31 years. Paul Smith, also an offensive lineman, went to the University of Oklahoma.
The 6-foot-4, 310-pound Wallace started at offensive tackle for three seasons and also played nose guard on defense, but Park said the TU coaches are projecting him as a collegiate guard.
Park said Wallace had over 60 pancake blocks as a senior and graded out in the mid- to high 80s on his blocking assignments in every game.