Tulsa Golden Hurricane Best of 2023: Kendarin Ray, Ben Kopenski Make Life Miserable for Opponents

Tulsa Golden Hurricane Best of 2023 includes two defensive standouts in safety Kendarin Ray and EDGE defender Ben Kopenski.

In conjunction with our College Football’s Best series, highlighting the top plays, players, highlights, and moments from all 133 teams, we’re here to showcase the best the Tulsa Golden Hurricane have had to offer in 2023. Who has stood out? What units are turning heads?

And who from Tulsa is among the top mentions in our College Football’s Best series this season?

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Tulsa Golden Hurricane Best of 2023

At College Football Network, we watch every game. Every player. Every team. And our notebooks are chock full of top players, plays, highlights, and moments. Today, I’m emptying the notebook.

Below, find Tulsa’s noteworthy players, groupings, or units, all listed under a different category: good, great, grand, or wonderful. Every team across the country has put forth their best efforts in 2023, and through four weeks of action, those players deserve notoriety for what they’ve put forth this season.

Highlighting the best with a line from the one and only Chris Farley, welcome to this season’s Good, Great, Grand, Wonderful!

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Good: Chase Meyer, PK

Automatic describes Chase Meyer perfectly. He’s made 11-of-11 extra points this season and is perfect on his field goals. He’s kicked two from inside 40 and has a season-long of 44 while maintaining a 100% accuracy this year.

Great: Marquis Shoulders, WR

A viable threat when there’s consistent quarterback play, Marquis Shoulders has ripped off some impressive catches this season. His routes are sharp and he’s shown great body control, leading to an average of 18.8 yards per catch.

Grand: Kendarin Ray, S

The Golden Hurricane’s leading tackler, Kendarin Ray does it all from his safety spot. He’s recorded 38 total tackles, more than double the next closest defender, and his 17 solo tackles are nine more than next as well.

He’s recorded an interception to boot, proving his worth across the field.

Wonderful: Ben Kopenski, EDGE

Though the stat sheets won’t quite show it, Ben Kopenski has made a living in the backfield of Tulsa’s opponents this year. He’s up to two sacks on the season, but he’s made life miserable for opposing tackles off the edge.

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