TU football notebook: Cody Green update
BY BILL HAISTEN World Sports Writer
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
11/21/12 at 2:58 AM
After a 13-of-37, three-interception showing against Fresno State, Tulsa junior quarterback Cody Green had a four-game completion percentage of .409.
In recent games, the Dayton, Texas, native has been much more accurate with his passes. Having finished 22-of-37 at Arkansas, 17-of-31 at Houston and 21-of-34 with three touchdowns against the University of Central Florida, Green now stands at 54 percent for the season. He has passed for 1,933 yards, with 13 touchdowns against eight interceptions.
Green has completed 28 passes that resulted in a gain of at least 20 yards.
"He's not as accurate as I want him to be or think he should be," TU coach Bill Blankenship said. "But the thing he does is that he sees the field. He sees the field better than some guys that have better percentages. Because of that vision ... (it can result) in a big play.
"He just has some instinct about him that is pretty good. We're not in calculus. We're in algebra. But he's moving into calculus as a quarterback. He gets it."
Reynolds Center football: On Saturday, the TU football team faces SMU at 11 a.m. in Dallas. Also on Saturday, the TU basketball team hosts Stephen F. Austin. That game originally was scheduled for 2 p.m., but has been changed to 3 p.m. so that fans first could watch the Hurricane football game in its entirety.
The Reynolds Center doors open at 1:30 p.m. To accommodate fans who want to watch the final hour of the football game, the TU-SMU telecast will be shown on the Reynolds Center video board (which measures 30 feet by 15 feet), and also on video monitors throughout the concourse level of the arena.
Gilbert update: In parts of three seasons as a University of Texas quarterback, Garrett Gilbert completed 57 percent of his passes. His most prominent problem was that he too frequently completed passes to defenders. As a Longhorn, he had 13 touchdown passes against 23 interceptions.
He transferred to SMU, was given immediate eligibility by the NCAA and is classified as a junior. Gilbert got a fresh start, but remains plagued by the same ball-security issues. He has completed 54 percent of his passes for 2,607 yards, but has an equal number of TD passes and interceptions (13).
"We still need to throw the ball more efficiently," Jones said. "One of the reasons for (SMU's inefficiency) is that the protection has not been as good as it could have been, and we haven't been accurate with the football. But I think Garrett competes and he is doing a lot of things to help us win, and that's what a quarterback is supposed to do."