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One-On-On with Pearland’s Ricky Tullos

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Rick Tullos - Head Football Coach - Pearland

Tony goes one-on-one with the Pearland Oilers’ Head Football Coach Ricky Tullos.

Tony: Wrapping up your final scrimmage, how does your team look right now?
Ricky Tullos: I think, for the most part, healthy. That’s what is really important to us after two scrimmages. A very good football team tonight. A very good program. Physical. Coming into it we were definitely concerned just to make sure we get out of here healthy and I think, for the most part, we are. I’m very proud of the way our kids played – the energy, the enthusiasm against a very good program, just the excitement of getting after it. I thought we did a good job of that tonight. As far as executing, I thought we executed some good plays and there’s some we have to go back and look at that we might not have executed. All-in-all, offensively we did some good things. Defensively, I’m proud of the way they flew around and really got after it. We are not where we want to be, but after two weeks, I think we are headed in the right direction. We just have to keep getting better and keep minimizing our mistakes. I tell our team all the time, “we are our own worst enemy”. Until we can handle us, and not let us beat us, then we will worry about opponents. Up to that point, we just want to focus on ourselves and getting better.

Tony: What’s your outlook for 2018 in the district you are in?
Ricky Tullos: We have a very tough non-district. We have a very tough district. We have our work cut out. The thing that is important, try to stay as healthy as you can, keep our nose down, keep our head down, and just keep getting better every day. We have a ball game every week and we are in a tough district and we have to be ready to play. We are excited about the challenge. Our kids are excited. We just have to keep our head down and keep getting better.


Tony: Tell me about a few of the leaders on your team.
Ricky Tullos: Offensively, Jalen Benefield, running back, 3-year starter, he’s such a leader, on and off the field. I can’t say enough about him, how proud I am of him as a leader, as a kid, as a student, just everything about him. Our offensive line. We have three or four three-year starters. Just a solid group. The leadership that they possess, I’m very proud of that. Defensively, Gilbert Ibeneme is coming back off of ACL, Texas Tech commit. Really looks good. Really looks like he’s starting to get in better playing shape. Johnny Tamayo on the back end, running the secondary, three-year starter – a lot of leadership there. I’m just really proud of our seniors. We have a really great senior group here with a lot of experience and they do a great job of leading this team.

Tony: Tell me about a few players that I don’t know right now, but I’ll know before the year is over.
Ricky Tullos: Malcolm Linton had a good game tonight. Jaydon Ponce scored a touchdown there. They may not get a lot of the attention early on, but they are two very good football players. Defensively, Isaiah Iton made a lot of plays up inside tonight. He’s a great sized kid that I think just gets better and better every day. And then our two linebackers –Cook and Linton are really coming on and doing a great job there. Those are some names that could definitely come on the scene.

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