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TU coach Philip Montgomery selected Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week

TU coach Philip Montgomery selected Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week

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Tulsa coach Philip Montgomery hugs offensive lineman Chris Paul as they celebrate Saturday’s win over SMU.

After his team completed an improbable comeback Saturday against SMU, University of Tulsa coach Philip Montgomery was selected as the Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week.

The honor, presented by the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, recognizes a coach who led his team to a significant victory during the previous week while also embodying the award’s three pillars of scholarship, leadership and integrity.

The Hurricane overcame a 21-point deficit to secure a 28-24 victory, its second win against a ranked opponent and the third time for TU to rally from double digits.

“This has already been a historic season for the Tulsa football program earning the Golden Hurricane a spot in the AP Top 25 for the first time in a decade,” said Jim Terry, chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. “Coach Dodd would have admired coach Montgomery and his team’s resiliency this season overcoming multiple double-digit deficits to put his team in contention for a possible conference championship.”

Montgomery also was praised by the foundation for his work off the field and efforts in the community.

“Coach Montgomery is making history on the football field this season, but he’s also leaving his mark off the field as well,” said Gary Stokan, CEO and president of Peach Bowl Inc. “He had an impressive number of players earn all-academic honors last year, while also partnering with his wife to raise money for Alzheimer’s. His impact on campus and in the Tulsa community is commendable.”

Additionally, TU defensive coordinator Joseph Gillespie was selected Athlon’s defensive coordinator of the week and linebacker Zaven Collins was the American Athletic Conference’s co-defensive player the week. Quarterback Zach Smith was named to weekly lists for the Manning and Davey O’Brien awards and was on the conference’s honor roll.

View from the sidelines: No. 19 SMU at Tulsa

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