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2021 NFL Draft Game Notes

Small School Scouting: Houston Downgrades Tulsa

The Houston Cougars dismantled the Tulsa Golden Hurricane 45-10 to get to 4-1 on the year. Dana Holgorsen’s defensive unit recorded four sacks and held Tulsa to 31 rushing yards. They were in negative yards when the starters were in. Tulsa is now 1-4.

Let’s look at how the top prospects from this game fared.


The top prospect in this game for me is Houston edge rusher, Logan Hall. Hall will inevitably draw comparisons to 2021 first-round pick, Payton Turner. While Hall at 6’6” 260-pounds shares similar dimensions as Turner, I don’t think they are the same player. Hall is a relentless pass rusher. On his first sack, he bull-rushed the guard and then finished the quarterback.

Hall would go on to continue his assault on the Tulsa backfield the rest of the game. He finished with 1.5 sacks and multiple pressures.

Houston has a pair of undersized corners but I think that both are going to play on Sundays. Nickel corner Marcus Jones (5’8” 185) has great instincts in the slot. He jumped a route and should have had an easy pick-six that he dropped. Dana Holgorsen said Jones is the smartest player he ever coached. Jones is also a good return man. He averaged 19 yards on four returns. Jones had four tackles and 2 PBUs.

Damarion Williams (5’10” 178) on one play came across half the field to cover the WR and then undercut his route for an interception. His closing speed is outstanding. Williams had two PBUs along with his interception.

Houston senior QB Clayton Tune had a solid game. Tune has good size and a decent arm. He doesn’t always throw an accurate ball. Tune is likely a camp arm. He finished 17/24 for 241 yards with two touchdowns and a pick.

Cougars senior RB Mulbah Car was a solid prospect before injuries have seemingly derailed him. He has been usurped by upstart freshman Alton McCaskill. Car had six carries in garbage time for 17 yards.


DL Jaxson Player stood out to me last season when I watched Tulsa. However, against Houston he was kind of quiet, recording only one tackle and one deflected pass.

Redshirt sophomore offensive tackle Tyler Smith is probably the best Tulsa prospect. Smith is a powerful blocker with a stout frame. The 6’5” 332-pounder is aggressive and plays through the whistle.

Senior WR Keylon Stokes is a good route runner with a quick release. He was the most often targeted receiver for Tulsa with eleven balls thrown his way. Unfortunately, his QB only made it to him five times for 33 yards.

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