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Tulsa running back James Flanders has rushed for 899 yards through eight games. JESSIE WARDARSKI/Tulsa World file

Flanders ‘runs with an angry disposition’

As a junior limited by injury in 2015, University of Tulsa running back James Flanders accumulated 87 yards while appearing in six games. Through eight games this season, Flanders’ yardage total is 899.

“We had high expectations for James coming in,” coach Philip Montgomery said. “I think he’s more confident and comfortable with what he’s doing. We had a ton of confidence in him going into (the Memphis game). He earned that and worked to get that.”

Against Memphis on Saturday, Flanders rushed for a career-high 249 yards and a school-record five touchdowns while D’Angelo Brewer was sidelined with a foot injury.

Asked about Flanders’ style, Montgomery said: “He runs with an angry disposition. He’s not going to be the guy who’s juking and shaking. He’s going to be a downhill runner, (and) he’s got better speed than you would think. He gets out in the open field and gets a chance to showcase that. But when the ball is in his hand, he has a mean disposition.”

Brubaker’s Halloween

Hurricane defensive end Jesse Brubaker and his wife, Macie, took their 2-year-old son, Barrett, trick-or-treating Monday night for Halloween.

“He was Marshall off ‘PAW Patrol,’ his favorite TV show,” Brubaker said Tuesday. “He was really mad about putting that costume on, but I just kind of let him sit in it for a minute and he got used to it and liked it.

“He is not shy, so he had no problem running up to the door and knocking and saying ‘trick or treat.’ He did well last night. ... We have a big bowl at the house now full of candy that Barrett got us all. He didn’t have any candy last night, but I’m sure he’s going to get some candy today.”

Injured Hill day-to-day

Cornerback Keanu Hill went down with an apparent knee injury late in the first half of the Memphis game while attempting to defend a long pass play. He has been on crutches since Saturday and TU is awaiting the results of an MRI, Montgomery said Tuesday.

Fan voting continues

Through Nov. 23, fans can vote for TU quarterback Dane Evans as captain for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team on ESPN.com/Allstate. The team captain will be honored at the Home Depot College Football Awards on ESPN.

Evans is one of 24 players named to the team, which will be invited to New Orleans to participate in a community project before the 2017 Allstate Sugar Bowl and will be recognized at halftime of the game.

Kelly Hines



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Kelly has been the University of Tulsa football and basketball beat writer since 2014. She grew up in Moore, was valedictorian at Christian Heritage Academy and graduated from Oklahoma State University. Phone: 918-581-8452