August 15, 2007

Smith could make history at TU

The University of Tulsa offense will receive a major overhaul, as Gus Malzahn and Herb Hand install the no-huddle spread. This exciting attack will take obvious adjustment from the players, and spring drills will allow the first opportunity for the Golden Hurricane quarterbacks to put the new system into action, led by senior Paul Smith.

• THE BREAKDOWN

With a new coaching staff, a new offense being installed and three scholarship quarterbacks available for spring drills, one could assume that the starting spot is open for competition. That may well be the case, but returning starter Paul Smith, who is excited about the new wide-open attack, should be a lock.

As a senior last season, Smith completed just under 67-percent of his passes, finishing 233-of-352 for 2,727 yards, 15 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. He has career totals of 5,871 yards, 36 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.

Smith is currently second in Tulsa history for career passing yardage, just 3,453 yards behind T.J. Rubley. In the Hurricane's new offense, he has a good shot at taking over the number one spot.

Behind Smith are junior David Johnson and redshirt freshman Clark Harrell. Johnson has been Smith's back-up the last two seasons, while Harrell sat out last season.

Seeing limited action in 10 games thus far, Johnson has career totals of 416 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, completing 37-of-55 passes. He has good size and skill, and when inserted into games, there has not been much drop-off in Tulsa's performance.

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