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TU quarterback Davis Brin clicking with receivers during spring practice
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TU quarterback Davis Brin clicking with receivers during spring practice

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After three years of having been a University of Tulsa backup, Davis Brin appears to be the frontrunner to become the starter at quarterback.

Although a small sample size, Davis Brin’s performance in the University of Tulsa’s double-overtime win against Tulane last season showcased his potential.

Rallying the Hurricane in the fourth quarter to force overtime, Brin made a series of incredible throws under pressure, finishing with 266 passing yards and three touchdowns.

“I believe Davis was ready before the Tulane game,” receiver JuanCarlos Santana said. “We were practicing with him a lot (while Zach Smith was out for COVID-19 reasons) and he was ready. It was only a matter of time before he proved himself.”

With Smith having moved on to pursue his NFL dream and with Seth Boomer recovering from an injury that occurred in the Tulane game, Brin has received the majority of the quarterback reps during spring practice. He picked up where he left off and didn’t need any time to generate chemistry with his receivers.

“We walked out Day 1 and those guys were on page, on time,” coach Philip Montgomery said. “The ball’s coming out of his hands, they’re coming out of breaks — some really, really good stuff. We’re going to keep building and keep growing.”

During a scrimmage Saturday at H.A. Chapman Stadium, Brin appeared at ease in the pocket, connecting with Santana, Keylon Stokes and Josh Johnson on perfectly thrown passes.

“I’ve got to tell y’all: Davis is something else,” Santana said. “He’s just it right now. He’s (clicking) with everybody.”

Everyone else is back on the offense except Smith and running back Corey Taylor II, and Tulsa also will have running back Shamari Brooks after he missed last year with a knee injury. Although Brin has limited on-field experience, he is a fourth-year junior familiar with the playbook.

“He’s been consistent,” Montgomery said. “He’s seeing things really well. He’s delivering the ball and being accurate and that’s what we need out of him. … For him, there’s a lot of experience around him, so let those guys work with him.”

Brin’s anticipated development also is a boost for the Hurricane receivers, a group loaded with weapons. Four players caught at least 28 passes last season, taking turns having big plays.

“The receiver room, everybody’s just really hungry,” Santana said. “We’re at a small school and we just want to get big.”

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I have covered college football and college basketball for the Tulsa World since 2012. I spend my spare time as an animal rescue volunteer, focusing on spaying and neutering community cats in the Tulsa area. Phone: 918-581-8452

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