QB boxing this summer in advance of brutal early season schedule

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Tulsa enters their first season under new head coach Bill Blankenship, who served last season as the Golden Hurricanes’ special teams coordinator / running backs coach.

Former Northern Colorado assistant Greg Peterson will serve as the offensive coordinator / wide receivers coach. His quarterbacks coach will be grad assistant James Kilian. You don’t see that often…a grad assistant coaching the quarterbacks.

But you don’t see this often, either. Tulsa quarterback G.J. Kinnie is preparing for August camp by stepping in the ring and boxing at Cecil Pettigrew's Team Lethal Boxing Gym.

Kinnie told the Tulsa World, "Endurance has been (a big benefit). I run the ball. I'm not just a pocket passer and we go at a fast tempo. Footwork and endurance are probably my two biggest things."

Kinnie is one of several players using boxing to train for the season.

Tulsa offensive lineman Jacob Rader explained, “As an offensive lineman, we hit with our hands. If you make contact with your shoulder or head, you are doing something wrong. Hand placement and hand speed are something that I've gained a lot of experience in coming to the gym."

In the meantime, Kilian still remains the only quarterbacks coach in D1 football without a website mugshot photo.

Come on, Tulsa. Give the guy some love.

FYI: Tulsa has a pleasant early-season schedule. The Golden Hurricane open at Oklahoma. A week later they travel to New Orleans to play Tulane in the Superdome. After hosting Oklahoma State in the third week, Bill Blankenship get his first shot against Boise State on the Blue Turf. Not exactly the first four opponents you'd like to see as a first-year head coach.