August 31, 2005

(8/31) 27 Freshmen and Soph. on 1st and 2nd team, Bomar to have snaps in first half and more.

Oklahoma Football Notes and Articles

27 Freshmen and Sophomores listed on first and second teams: As kickoff approaches -- OU hosts TCU at 11 a.m. Saturday at Owen Field -- 27 freshmen or sophomores are listed on the first or second teams. And that has prompted many to downgrade expectations for the Sooners a notch, from elite to something like "very good." Which, in turn, has prompted coach Bob Stoops to find a favorable comparison. In 2000, Stoops has noted over and again, 23 freshmen or sophomores inhabited OU's depth chart. And we all know how that season turned out. "I think it's very similar to then,"Stoops said. “Our guys are capable just like then. Hopefully, they'll play like those guys did." Tuesday, Stoops was asked which true freshmen would play this season. He started listing players. And kept going. "Reggie Smith, Nic Harris, Curtis Lofton, Ryan Reynolds," he said. "Offensively, Malcolm Kelly, Manuel Johnson, Juaquin Iglesias. Matt Clapp, possibly. In all likelihood, Duke Robinson, Branndon Braxton. Jon Cooper, in all likelihood. "In what capacity? We'll see. But all those guys are coming in ready to play at some point.” (

Players and Coaches on TCU: Oklahoma coaches and players met with the media on Tuesday at the weekly football press conference in Norman. The Sooners kick off the 2005 season against the TCU Horned Frogs on Saturday at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. OU coaches & player quotes

Bomar to play 1st half: Offensive coordinator Chuck Long insists quarterback Rhett Bomar will get to play in the first half Saturday against TCU. The redshirt freshman from Grand Prairie was concerned that he would not get to play unless the score got out of hand. Junior Paul Thompson won the starting job but admits that the competition will continue. (Dallas Morning News)

Limited Tulsa tickets available: A limited number of tickets are available for OU's Sept. 10 game against Tulsa at Owen Field. The tickets are $52 each and available online at, by phone at 1-800-456-4668 or at the OU ticket office located in the Asp Avenue Parking Facility.

Jones Up to speed: RB Kejuan Jones has been practicing full speed and appears to be over a foot injury. Coach Bob Stoops said Jones will back up Adrian Peterson. (Dallas Morning News)

OU notebook: The Oklahoman

Reading the defense: OU's fate rests with D, not QB: The Oklahoman

Character counts with Thompson: Norman Transcript

Season of the question mark: Norman Transcript

Game on, University (Football Preview): Oklahoma Daily

Thompson's taking lead: Oklahoma Daily

Thompson anxious to start for Sooners:

August 30, 2005

(8/30) Cade to Transfer to City College, 9 freshmen, and much more

Oklahoma Football Notes and Articles

Cade to transfer to City College of San Francisco: Oklahoma safety Tony Cade has withdrawn from classes and intends to transfer to City College of San Francisco, according to coach Bob Stoops. "We had a good talk," Stoops said. "He just feels like he's going to get an opportunity to do something else there. We wish him the best." Cade, a sophomore from Lewisville, Texas, missed several practices last week while pondering his future. (

Nine Freshmen listed on Depth Chart: Coach Bob Stoops has indicated that several freshmen will play this season. Nine freshmen were listed on the team's two-deep depth chart, which was unveiled Monday. Receivers Manuel Johnson and Juaquin Iglesias were listed as backups and both figure to see playing time Saturday against TCU. Reggie Smith is behind sophomore Lewis Baker at strong safety. Nic Harris was listed as the starting nickel back. (Dallas Morning News)

Up on Depth Chart: The only real surprise on OU's updated depth chart, which was released Monday, was redshirt freshman Cory Bennett's position as a starter at defensive tackle. Whether he starts remains to be seen, of course, since Dusty Dvoracek has been cleared to play. Still, Bennett has surpassed sophomore Steven Coleman on the depth chart. (

Oklahoma-TCU Game Central: Oklahoma begins its 111th season of intercollegiate football competition Saturday when it hosts Texas Christian University. The Sooners are opening at home for the third consecutive season and for the sixth time in Bob Stoops’ seven seasons. The game will be live on ABC at 11 a.m. CT. Please consult the regional coverage map at Sooner Gameday Central for more information. The game will also be broadcast across the Sooner Sports Radio Network, on Sirius Satellite Radio Channel 123 and around the world via Yahoo! live internet audio at TCU also was the opening day opponent in 1993 (OU won at Fort Worth, 35-3) and in 1996 (TCU won in Norman, 20-7). The Sooners are ranked No. 5 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and No. 7 in the Associated Press Poll. TCU is unranked. It’s the opener for both squads. OU hosts Tulsa next week, while TCU is at SMU. (Find more at

Keith returns: Junior offensive lineman Brandon Keith, who left preseason camp after two days of practice, has rejoined the team. Keith, a 6-foot-6, 320-pounder from McAlester by way of NEO, will be brought along slowly and might now be headed for a redshirt. But co-offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson was glad to have the talented player back in the fold. "Our desire is that hopefully it's going to be a positive deal, but we'll see," said Wilson, who coaches the offensive line. "I'm glad he's back." (

Oklahoma Sooners Football Columns and Articles Spanning the Globe

Answer at defensive end? Ah You know: The Oklahoman

Starting fresh: Norman Transcript

Defensive determination: OU Daily

From CU to OU: OU Daily

Red River outweighs Bedlam at OU: OU Daily

August 29, 2005

(8/29) Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and more.

Oklahoma Football Notes and Articles

Find complete Oklahoma-TCU Game Section: Find the latest on Oklahoma Sooners vs. TCU Horned frogs. Including, roster, team notes, depth chart and more at

Columns and Articles spanning the Globe

Selection of Dvoracek means his return to Stoops' good graces is complete: The Oklahoman

Will they be Special?: Norman Transcript

OU ranks no higher than 4th in major college polls: Oklahoma Daily

August 28, 2005

(8/28) Hornfrogs confident against OU S.T's, Cade to Transfer, Cotton Bowl to sell name and much more.

Oklahoma Football Notes and Articles

Davin Joseph leads big Oklahoma O-Line: Senior Davin Joseph is the Sooners' best player on the line. And, says Wilson, despite all of Brown's honors, Joseph was the best player last year as well. He'll move into the left tackle spot vacated by Brown. nKelvin Chaisson, Chris Bush and Brett Rayl are all fifth-year seniors. Bush will start at center, while Chaisson and Chris Chester are expected to start at the guard slots. Sophomore Akim Millington figures to get the nod at right tackle. Among the newcomers, Robinson is expected to see immediate playing time, perhaps even start. Freshmen Ben Barresi, J.D. Quinn, Jon Cooper, Jesse White and Branndon Braxton are all in contention for backup roles. The line is the biggest in recent memory at OU, featuring six players who weight more than 300 pounds. "Even though we're big, we're a fast team," said Wilson. "Even though we're fat -- we're fatter guys -- we still have a lot of athleticism to be so big." (

Hornfrogs confident in Special Teams: The Sooners have scored 22 special teams touchdowns under seventh-year coach Bob Stoops and have retuned 13 punts for scores over that span. While those are scary numbers for any opposing coach, Patterson is confident that his coverage units have been improved from last season. "We’ve got six linebackers and two third-team defensive ends playing on our special teams," Patterson said. "That’s a big deal. We didn’t have that kind of depth last season because of injuries. It really helps when you can have those guys covering kicks." (Star-Telegram)

Cade to transfer? Safety Tony Cade of Lewisville is thinking about transferring to a junior college in search of more playing time, his father said Saturday. But Clifton Cade said his son could return to Oklahoma, too. Clifton Cade said his son could make a final decision by Tuesday. He missed Thursday's practice because of car problems and then skipped Friday's workout. The team has the weekend off. Cade was rated the fourth-best safety in the nation coming out of high school in 2002. He redshirted in 2003 and played mostly special teams last season. Throughout August, Cade has worked with the second and third teams. (Dallas Morning News)

Walker returns to full contact: Sophomore cornerback Marcus Walker (pictured) returned for full-contact drills last week. Walker had been practicing on a limited basis after dislocating his left shoulder in the opening week of camp. "He has been (going full speed) the last few days," OU coach Bob Stoops said. "He went through the last scrimmage and was fine. He has looked good and has improved the last few days." Walker was again working with the first-team defense. D.J. Wolfe, who had worked with the first unit in Walker's absence, is competing with Chijioke Onyenegecha for the other starting cornerback spot. (

Dallas considering changing Cotton Bowl Naming Rights? Mayor Laura Miller has said she won't let the game go anywhere outside of Dallas. She has suggested asking Dallas voters to approve a bond proposition to fund repairs. But the mayor said Friday that she is willing to consider other ideas, including selling naming rights. "If we determine that there's interest in naming rights, then I think the council would absolutely look at it," she said. "The city's been very creative. We have an official soft drink now, and we have kiosks all over the city with ads on them. We're open to pretty much anything." Ms. Miller said the City Council would work with officials from the State Fair of Texas and the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau to decide the best strategy for financing updates to the Cotton Bowl. Some council members, though, said they're already sold on the idea of selling naming rights. "We need to get with our economic development team and tell them to start working on it," council member James Fantroy said. "Everyone wants to do naming rights, even on high school stadiums. That's big money." Whether a high-profile but seldom-used stadium would be an attractive target for corporate sponsors remains an open question. (Dallas Morning News)

Carter changes positions: Junior defensive back Jason Carter has moved from strong safety to free safety and will compete with true freshman Nic Harris for the second spot behind sophomore starter Darrien Williams. Carter had been in the strong safety rotation but was behind sophomore Lewis Baker and true freshman Reggie Smith. (

Columns/Articles spanning the Globe

Title game losses will happen, but OU will keep reaching peak: The Oklahoman

Sooners, Peterson taking steps to protect running back's health: The Oklahoman

Sooners leaving the past behind: The Oklahoman

Sooner QBs could add to running game: The Oklahoman

Wolfe will anchor secondary full of questions: The Oklahoman

OU defensive backs -- The contenders: The Oklahoman

Keeping fans happy a full time job: The Oklahoman

Thompson, then Bomar: Norman Transcript

What do they mean when they say both will play?: Norman Transcript

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August 27, 2005

(8/27) Dvoracek cleared, New Mascots, Dotson ineligible and more.

Oklahoma Football Notes and Articles

Dvoracek cleared for TCU game: Dvoracek announced that he would be cleared to practice full speed on Monday for the first time since tearing his biceps last spring. However, he didn't know if that meant he would play in OU’s Sept. 3 opener against TCU. Friday, Stoops cleared things up. "We intend to play him in the first game," Stoops said. "Providing everything next week goes according to schedule, we intend to go in with him ready to play." (

Cingular and University of Oklahoma agreement: Cingular Wireless, the nation's largest wireless provider, today announced a two-year sports sponsorship agreement with the University of Oklahoma. The contract, which covers the 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 seasons, gives Cingular advertising presence during the Sooners' football and basketball schedules. Cingular will be allowed to deliver text alerts to visitors who "opt in" to receive text alerts to their handsets. Those who "opt in" can receive OU logos, scores, statistics, and the OU fight song. In addition, Cingular will conduct text messaging promotions at all home football and men's basketball games. Standard usage charges will apply. "Cingular Wireless is absolutely delighted to establish this sponsorship with the University of Oklahoma," said Lora Lee Laird, Cingular's sales director for Oklahoma. "OU has one of the country's premier sports programs, and the Big XII Conference is one of the most competitive and entertaining conferences in the nation. "OU fans are some of the most loyal anywhere, and we will provide an entertaining mix of products that will meet their need for OU information. We look forward to having the opportunity to bring the best wireless products and services in the wireless industry to the best collegiate program." "Sooner Sports Properties is delighted to have this partnership with Cingular," said Phill Corkins of Sooner Sports. "It's our hope that our fans will reap the benefits of some of the market leading technologies provided by this world class company." Cingular has the largest digital voice and data network in the country, which gives mobile-to-mobile customers unlimited calling to more than 51 million other Cingular customers. The company is the only wireless provider that offers Rollover that lets customers retain their unused minutes, and has the longest return period of any national carrier-30 days. In addition, Cingular sets the standard with customer-friendly point-of-sale documents. For more information about Cingular, please contact 1-866-CINGULAR or visit (Cingular Wireless PR)

Two new mascots: Four football team captains and two new mascots were introduced Friday during a University of Oklahoma pep rally that emphasized "There's only one Oklahoma." No one at the stadium was more rabid than emcee Clarke Stroud, OU vice president of student affairs. He turned down the WWE-type excitement when introducing the new horse mascots and explaining their purpose. Stroud said most venues involving OU teams can't have the Sooner Schooner, and student and university leaders decided the university needed consistent mascots to represent OU. Thus, Boomer and Sooner. The twin light brown horse costumes feature reddish manes and tails and red sweaters emblazoned with interlocking "OU" on the front and their respective names on the back. Stroud said the mascots are "an extension of the rich history of the university and the state of Oklahoma." (Norman Transcript)

Dotson ineligible: Sophomore defensive end Alonzo Dotson is academically ineligible and out for the season. Dotson has been practicing with the team since the start of preseason camp while awaiting a report on his academic standing. While the loss of Dotson was somewhat expected, it creates further depth problems at defensive end. Last week, OU lost starting DE Larry Birdine for the season with a torn biceps muscle. Birdine had surgery Thursday, and according to Stoops, “Everything went fine. Just as expected. He’s recovering and starting to feel better.” (

Stoops names Captains: The Oklahoma football team concluded Friday afternoon practice with a half hour of drills inside the Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. The drills capped a practice of over two hours that was open to the public and led up to the start of the annual Big Red Rally. OU head coach Bob Stoops announced that Dusty Dvoracek, Clint Ingram, Davin Joseph and J.D. Runnels were voted by the team and coaching staff as the 2005 captains. "These players were the overwhelming choices of the teams," said Stoops. "They are four solid players and individuals, who have been great examples throughout all of camp." (

Cade misses practice again: Sophomore free safety Tony Cade missed practice for the second straight day Friday. Stoops said Thursday that Cade told him that he had car trouble in Moore. His absence Friday, though, came without explanation. There were grumblings at Friday's open practice that Cade might be thinking of transferring. The safety has had off-field problems in the past and was suspended for OU's Orange Bowl trip last December. Cade has been competing with Darrien Williams for the starting spot at free safety. However, Williams gets the majority of the snaps with the first team. (

Holmes can relate to Johnson's dilemma: The Oklahoman

Where's a fan to park: The Oklahoman

Peterson's ability helps fuel OU's expectations: Norman Transcript

Helathy Dvracek named OU captain: Dallas Morning News

August 26, 2005

(8/26) Big Red Rally Today, OU names Thompson Starter and much more.

Oklahoma Football Notes and Articles

Big Red Rally Today:The Big Red Rally, the annual kickoff event for University of Oklahoma students, is set for Friday, Aug. 26. The gates to Gaylord Family -- Oklahoma Memorial Stadium open at 3:45 p.m. Practice that day, which is open to the public, begins at that same time on fields near the south grandstand. The practice concludes at 6:15 p.m., when the Big Red Rally begins in the stadium. Festivities include the showing of highlight videos on the stadium video board, spirit squad performances, introduction of the Boomer and Sooner Mascots, remarks from OU head coach Bob Stoops and team captains and the giveaway of a football trip to Kansas City. At 7:30 p.m., the Little Red Rally, an event aimed at children, begins on the Brooks Mall north of the stadium. That event will include a movie at 9 p.m. (

Thompson will start for Sooners: Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops closed the preseason portion of football practice on Thursday evening with the highly anticipated announcement of a starting quarterback. Junior Paul Thompson was given the starting nod, although Stoops emphasized that redshirt-freshman Rhett Bomar will play early and often. "We decided as a staff that we are going to start Paul Thompson," said OU head coach Bob Stoops. "We feel that he has earned it to this point. The way they have both competed and been supportive of each other and the team is a real positive in the eyes of the coaching staff. "We do believe that Rhett has performed well enough and is close enough (to Thompson) that we intend to give him snaps early in games, as well as late in games.” Thompson was Jason White's backup in 2003, when the Sooner alum won the Heisman Trophy. Last season Thompson redshirted, along with Bomar, while recently departed Tommy Grady served as the backup. "I am just excited and ready to get on the field and make some plays," said Thompson, who has completed 66 percent of his career passes (31-for-47) and tossed four TDs compared to two INTs. (

More on QB Race, from Noramn Transcript: Thompson and Bomar have battled for the position since spring practice began in March. The competition continued throughout the summer and into preseason practice. In the end, the coaching staff felt Thompson had been the more consistent performer. Offensive coordinator Chuck Long said he used eight scrimmages dating back to the spring to determine the starter. “Everything was laid out to them today and we showed them that entire body of work,” Long said. “Paul earned the right to be the starting quarterback against TCU and we’ll go from there.” In the Sooners’ three open scrimmages, Thompson was 41-for-73 for 453 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. Bomar was 30-for-61 for 359 yards and two touchdowns, along with five interceptions. Thompson and Bomar were informed in separate meetings earlier in the day. The team was informed at the end of practice. The decision left the two quarterbacks in different moods. In the Sooners' three open scrimmages, Thompson was 41-for-73 for 453 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. Bomar was 30-for-61 for 359 yards with two touchdowns, but also five interceptions.

Sooners miss practice: Senior center Chris Bush and sophomore defenive back Tony Cade missed practice Thursday, but neither is injured. Bush had family business to attend to and Cade apparently had car troubles in Moore. "Hopefully it's OK, and he got it towed home," Stoops said with a laugh. (

Texas Monthly Cover: A smile crept across coach Bob Stoops' face Thursday when he was shown the cover of the latest Texas Monthly magazine, which features Texas coach Mack Brown and a headline that says, "Let's go kick some O.U. butt." "You're not going to get me to comment on a magazine cover," Stoops said. "Well, we'll get off the bus." (Dallas Morning News)

Limited number OU-TCU tickets available: The University of Oklahoma Athletics Ticket Office has received a limited number of returns from TCU for the Sept. 3 season opener. Tickets will be available to the public online at beginning at 5 p.m., on Friday, August 26. Tickets are $52.00 each and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. If tickets remain on Monday, they will be available in-person at the Asp Avenue Ticket Office and over the phone at (405) 325-2424 or (800) 456-GoOU beginning at 8 a.m. For tickets and more log on to

Hawkins says Stoops crossed the line: Former Sooner Micheal Hawkins, trying to make the Green Bay Packers despite playing only one college football season, put Mike Stoops in a bad light. Hawkins told the Dallas Morning News that one reason he left OU after the 2002 season was because Mike Stoops, then the Sooner defensive coordinator and now Arizona's head coach, got too personal. Hawkins said Stoops once told him "I'm going to go back to Dallas and be like my mom," whom Hawkins admits has been a drug addict. Stoops, a fiery and demanding coach, denied the charge and said such a comment was inappropriate. But Hawkins told the Morning News, "When you cross boundaries, when you say certain things, then that's when I'm going to get into you, coach or no coach," Hawkins said. "You don't respect me, I don't respect you." (

Johnson Recovering from heat: True freshman receiver Manuel Johnson, who passed out due to heat related symptoms at the conclusion of Wednesday's practice, attended part of Thursday's practice and is in good health. Johnson stayed in the hospital overnight Wednesday for precautionary reasons. An ambulance was sent to Owen Field Wednesday after Johnson was carted off the game field by team trainers, but Johnson did not leave in the ambulance. "He was fine and good last night," said Stoops. "They kept him up there, just precautionary reasons. I spoke with him. He sounded like he always does." Johnson did not participate in any drills Thursday. (

OU names Thompson starting quarterback: The Oklahoman

The decision isn't final word -- For QBs, the show must go on: The Oklahoman

Bomar just waiting for a chance: The Oklahoman

It will start with Wilson & Rankins: Norman Transcript

Oklahoma Daily: Oklahoma daily

Sooners name starting QB: Dallas Morning News

Thompson wins Sooners' QB battle: Ft. Worth Star-Telegram

Team applauds both quarterbacks for competition:

August 25, 2005

(8/25) QB to be named soon, Comments on QB race, Jackson to call OU-Texas and more.

Oklahoma Football Notes and Articles

Long says QB decision soon: OU coach Bob Stoops said the scrimmage consisted of about 45 plays, but wouldn't say if either quarterback had done enough to earn the job. He also wouldn't say when the announcement will be made. "It could be next week, it could be a couple days," Stoops said. "We're going to talk as a staff and do it when we feel we need to." Wednesday's scrimmage was closed to the public and media. Offensive coordinator Chuck Long said both quarterbacks performed well, but didn't get into specifics. Long also said a decision could be made today. "We're going to talk about it (today) and make a decision," Long said. "Then we'llgo from there." Long plans to go through what Thompson and Bomar have done dating all the way back to spring practice. Wednesday's scrimmage might have been the final test, though the final grade will encompass everything leading up to it as well. Long also said the discussion could end up with an announcement that both quarterbacks will play against TCU. (Norman Transcript)

QB comments on decision: Following Wednesday's scrimmage, Oklahoma quarterbacks Rhett Bomar and Paul Thompson spoke to the media about their performances in the scrimmage and the upcoming decision of who the starter will be. Bomar sounded particularly confident. "I thought I made good decisions," said the redshirt freshman. "Those last two scrimmages (before Wednesday) have not really been reflective of my ability -- those two picks in each one. Because I didn't throw many picks before that. Regardless of what people might think, just because they think I’m a risk-taker and everything like that, but in the spring I didn’t throw many picks. And I haven't thrown many picks in practice." As for Thompson, the junior said he’s in the dark just like everyone else in regards to who will start. “I haven’t heard a thing," he said. "So I'm waiting just like you guys". Asked if it would relieve some stress to have a starter named, Thompson said: "I guess it would. But I'llleave it up to (the coaches). Whenever they want to make a decision, they’ll make a decision. I’ve practiced hard and worked hard, so hopefully I'll get a decision off of that. "I know I've prepared myself to be the starting quarterback here, and that’s all I can do." (

Keith Jackson to call Oklahoma-Texas: The 100th anniversary of the Oklahoma-Texas series likely will have a familiar face. Legendary broadcaster Keith Jackson said Wednesday he plans to do play-by-play for ABC's national telecast at noon Oct. 8. "That's one I want to go to, unless somebody upstairs says you can't do it," Jackson said in a media teleconference. "But so far the heads have nodded." ABC spokesman Maxine Lewis would not confirm the assignment Wednesday afternoon. Jackson, 75, would be joined by Dan Fouts, a Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback, and sideline reporter Todd Harris. It would be one of two games the team would broadcast east of the Rocky Mountains. They are scheduled to call Notre Dame at Pittsburgh on Sept. 3. (

Dvoracek to be cleared: Senior defensive tackle Dusty Dvoracek said he will be cleared to practice full speed beginning Monday. The All-America candidate has been slowed by a torn biceps muscle in his left arm suffered last spring, which required surgery. (

Long might make QB choice today, Friday - The Oklahoman

Oklahoma linebacker headed for stardom -- if he can be consistent: The Oklahoman

Despite losses, O-Line might still be strength: Norman Transcript

Starting quarterback to be announced Thursday: Oklahoma Daily

Receiver collapses after scrimmage: Dallas Morning News

Stoops, staff ready to choose QB: Ft. Worth Star-Telegram

Big 12 Insider: Ft. Worth Star-Telegram

OU announces new ticketing program:

August 24, 2005

8-24 Final Practice

Final Practice Wraps up: Oklahoma completed a 50-play scrimmage Wednesday afternoon in Gaylord Family --Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. It was the final preseason scrimmage for the Sooners prior to their Sept. 3 season opener against TCU. OU head coach Bob Stoops said he was pleased with the workout, which was closed to the public. "It was pretty decent," he said. "It was similar to what we've seen up to now." Stoops said the practice provide opportunities for several of the team's younger players. "We were trying to gain some experience for the younger guys," said. "They were on the field for a number of snaps." The OU head coach said that no immediate announcement was expected as to the starting quarterback selection. He said it could be later this week or some time next week.After Wednesday's practice was completed, freshman wide receiver Manual Johnson required medical attention for a heat-related ailment. He was responsive to treatment. (

(8/24) Birdine's Earlier Injury, Sooner Shootout Golf Tourney and more.

Oklahoma Football Notes and Articles

Dont forget Oklahoma Sooners will hold a final scrimmage today (close to public), find information here on

Birdine's Early Injury: Birdine's original injury occurred Aug. 9. During a non-contact passing drill, he and Wilson tangled and fell to the ground. Wilsom's ankle was sprained; both players missed a few practices. But Birdine had returned to practices. Stoops said the arm was "nicked" again Monday. A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exam Tuesday revealed the torn muscle. Birdine wasn't at practice. An OU official turned down a request to interview Birdine. "It's a big loss," Ah You said. "Especially with the caliber of player he was and the impact he had the last few years. Us younger guys who have less experience just have to step up to the challenge." (

Former Oklahoma Q.B. Watts won't run for Gov.: Former Congressman J.C. Watts said Tuesday he will not run for governor in Oklahoma next year. "I have determined that the timing for such an adventure is not right at this point in our lives," he said in a statement. Watts is the second Republican to decide against making the race; Lt. Gov. Mary Fallin has announced she will run for re-election instead of running for governor. Their moves leave the GOP without a proven vote-getter with wide name recognition to challenge Gov. Brad Henry, the popular Democratic incumbent. Watts, 47, recently bought a home in the Washington, D.C., area, where he started a lobbying and consulting business after leaving Congress. (

Sooner Shootout Golf Tourney: The OU Alumni Association will hold the second annual Sooner Shootout for Scholars golf tournament on Sept. 16, the day before OU plays UCLA at the Rose Bowl. Sponsored by the OU Club of Greater Los Angeles, the tourney will be played at the Brookside Country Club on the Rose Bowl grounds in Pasadena, Calif. Proceeds will go toward scholarship funds to send a local student to OU. The tournament will have a shotgun start at 1 p.m. with registration starting at 11 a.m. Entry fee is $100 per player. For additional information, contact Brad Fritz at (310) 918-2655 or at Entry deadline is Sept. 1. (

Stoops patching up OU secondary: Dallas Morning News

New cast of characters in Sooner secondary: Norman Transcript

Don't buy more than one ticket to Pasadena: Oklahoma Daily

August 23, 2005

(8/23) Birdine Season Ending Injury, Wilson on watchlist and more.

Oklahoma Football Notes and Articles

Wilson on Watch list: Oklahoma's Travis Wilson is one of 31 players listed on the preseason watch for the Fred Biletnikoff Award, which is presented annually to the top receiver in college football. OU's Mark Clayton was a finalist for the same award in 2003. Wilson has 80 career receptions for 1,005 yards and 16 touchdowns. Last season, the Carrollton, Texas, product led the Sooners with 11 TD grabs while hauling in 50 catches for 660 yards. The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc., (TQC Foundation), the creator and sponsor of the Biletnikoff Award, is an independent, charitable organization founded in 1994. More than 50 prominent journalists, commentators, announcers and former players select the winner through a process audited by a CPA firm. (

Sooners Practice indoors, Herbstreit and Taylor on hand: Oklahoma, on the first day of classes in Norman, observed one practice on Monday, and that one was held in the Everest Indoor Center after morning showers softened the practice fields. The Sooners worked out for two hours in the humid, but sure-footed indoor complex. ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit and ABC's Aaron Taylor were on hand to observe. Both were in town for just the day to take in a practice session and catch a glimpse of the highly touted class of newcomers. Herbstreit did an interview during the day that will run on SportsCenter. Portions of it also will be used when ESPN features Oklahoma as part of its state-by-state preview. (

Dusty to be examined: Senior defensive tackle Dusty Dvoracek has an examination scheduled this morning to evaluate his surgically repaired left arm. Last spring, he suffered a torn biceps muscle. “Hopefully, after talking with (the doctors) — my arm’s really feeling great,” Dvoracek said. “It’s progressed really quickly. So hopefully I’ll be able to really start doing some drills this week or early next week and get ready for that first game.” (

Birdine suffers season ending Injury: Oklahoma defensive end Larry Birdine has been lost for the season after suffering a torn left biceps muscle. OU head coach Bob Stoops made the announcement after Tuesday's practice. Birdine will undergo surgery on Thursday. The Lawton senior played as a reserve last season behind Dan Cody and Jonathan Jackson, but still ranked second on the team with 11 tackles for loss. He ranked third on the team with seven sacks. "It was kind of a fluke injury," Stoops said. "He just got tangled up with Travis Wilson in a pass skel. There really wasn't much contact." Birdine suffered the injury several days ago, but had tried to rehab. On Tuesday, Stoops said the extent of the injury had been determined. (

Sooners' battle of QBs reminds coach of '82: The Oklahoman

Oklahoma's linebacker corps has experience: Norman Transcript

Still no quarterback revelations: Norman Transcript

Peterson stronger, fasther and smarter:

August 22, 2005

(8/22) Keith still welcomed, Stoops on J.D. and articles.

Oklahoma Sooners Football Notes and Articles

Brandon Keith still welcomed: The only surprise for OU this preseason has been the absence of offensive lineman Brandon Keith. The 6-6, 320-pounder transferred to OU last spring from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M and went through spring practice with the Sooners. During the first week of practice, he told offensive line coach Kevin Wilson, through a text message, he had a personal matter to take care of and didn’t know when he would return. He still hasn’t returned. Wilson said his chances of playing this season aren’t good but that Keith still “If he’s missed so much that he’s not ready to play, we can still redshirt him,” Wilson said. “We believe it’s been an adjustment period for him because he was a little overwhelmed. We’re presenting that and I believe that is the direction he is going to go in." (Norman Transcript)

Stoops on J.D.: Stoops said fullback J.D. Runnels merits a spot on All-Big 12 teams because of his blocking abilities. (San Antonio Express)

D-Line should be a strength: Norman Transcript

Smith's role not sign of weakness: The Oklahoman

August 21, 2005

(8/21) Grady to Utah, Another Scrimmage, and more.

Oklahoma Sooners Football Notes and Articles

Grady to Utah:
Tommy Grady's next stop is Salt Lake City. The sophomore quarterback, who announced his intention to transfer from Oklahoma on Thursday, left Saturday evening on a cross-country drive to his new school: Utah. "I think it's perfect for me," Grady said. Grady, who fell out of OU's quarterback competition when he was unable to participate in preseason practices while taking an intersession class, said he considered USC, Ole Miss and UCLA, but chose Utah for several reasons. He will have to sit out this season and be a junior in the 2006 season. Two former high school teammates from Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison play there. More importantly, his older brother, Jeff Grady, played quarterback for Utah offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig at Fresno State. "They've got a real good offense and a lot of good players," Tommy Grady said. "I really like the coaches." (

QB Decision soon? At Oklahoma's practice on Saturday, coach Bob Stoops said a decision on a starting quarterback won't come until at least after a scrimmage scheduled for Wednesday. "We're probably going to wait until after we work Wednesday in another shorter scrimmage," said Stoops of evaluating junior Paul Thompson and redshirt freshman Rhett Bomar. "Hopefully we'll know something by the end of the week." (

Last practice before classes start: The Oklahoma football team ended preseason training camp on Saturday at the rugby fields with its final practice before school gets underway next week. The Sooners practiced for over two hours on Saturday and endured temperatures close to 100 degrees. OU head coach Bob Stoops was pleased with the team's effort. "It was a normal day and the guys finished well," said Coach Stoops following the early afternoon session. "I am sure the guys are anxious for a day and a half off and to get to school." (

Oklahoma Sooner #7 in AP Poll: Oklahoma is ranked No. 7 in the Associated Press college football preseason poll released Saturday. The Sooners are one point behind No. 6 Ohio State in the voting, 1,205-1,204. Oklahoma is one of four Big 12 Conference teams ranked by the AP. Texas is No. 2 with 1,500 points, Texas A&M checks in at No. 17 (576 points) and Texas Tech is listed at No. 21 with 256 points. Colorado and Nebraska are listed as receiving votes. OU has a distinguished history in the media poll. The Sooners are tied with Notre Dame for most weeks ranked No. 1 by the Associated Press. The Sooners have been No. 1 for 95 weeks, as have the Irish, out of 922 weeks of AP polls. The AP first released a college football poll in 1936. (

Wolfe's move to corner working out for Sooners: The Oklahoman

OU-Texas Game No. 48: The Oklahoman

Even absent, Peterson has proven how important he is to the Sooners' offense: Norman Transcript

August 20, 2005

(8/20) Dallas Mayor Looks to Keep OU-Texas, Also another Transfer?

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Another Sooner to Transfer? Grady may not be the only Sooner departing before classes start. Brett Bowers, a redshirt freshman safety, is considering a transfer. Bowers' destination isn't known. A 5-foot-11, 194-pounder from Jacksonville, Fla., Bowers was stuck behind several players on the depth chart in the secondary. (

Dallas Mayor looks to keep the OU-Texas game in Dallas: As far as Dallas Mayor Laura Miller is concerned, the annual Texas-Oklahoma game will stay put in the Cotton Bowl, even as the schools threaten to take their football and go home-and-home. "We can't lose this game, period," Ms. Miller said during a wide-ranging, hourlong address Friday before members of the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce. Residents "shouldn't worry about Texas-OU," she said. "That game will not be lost." The mayor said she would support the idea of presenting Dallas voters next year with a bond proposition to pay for repairs and expansion of the 75-year-old art deco landmark in the middle of Fair Park. (Dallas Morning News)

Grady Transfer Reaction: OU quarterbacks Paul Thompson and Rhett Bomar said Friday morning they hadn't spoken much with Tommy Grady in the last few weeks. But they didn't sound surprised by the news he is transferring. "I didn't know if he was going to come back out (for OU) or not," Thompson said. "I don't like to listen to what other people are saying, so I didn't pay any attention to the rumors about what he was going to do." Said Bomar: "Everyone knew (a transfer) was a possibility. But I've just been focused on myself playing quarterback." (

Freeby responds to challenge: The Oklahoman

OU-Texas Game No. 49: The Oklahoman

August 19, 2005

(8/19) Grady Leaving Oklahoma, Articles and Notes

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Sophomore Grady leaving Oklahoma: Oklahoma quarterback Tommy Grady has informed the Sooner coaching staff that he plans to transfer away from the Sooner program. Grady had yet to practice with OU during the current preseason drills while completing an intercession course at OU. That class concludes Friday. "In missing so much practice Tommy feels that it would be difficult to catch up now and would prefer to pursue other options," said OU head coach Bob Stoops. "Unfortunately, the time he needed to spend in class worked against him on the football field. We wish that wasn’t the case, but we understand the importance of academics. “We’re disappointed, but we’re all for Tommy and are confident that he’ll be a fine college quarterbacl." OU offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Chuck Long echoed Stoops’ sentiments. “We were very excited for Tommy to compete for the starting quarterback position and he was most definitely in the thick of that competition," said Long. "Then he fell behind and it became a tougher situation for him. Tommy has a lot of ability. We are sorry that he won’t be here with us, but we support what he’s doing and wish him a lot of success." (

Ingram drawing big comparisons: The Oklahoman

Grady granted transfer: The Oklahoman

OU-Texas game No. 50: The Oklahoman

It's official, Grady's leaving: Norman Transcript

OU's Grady informs coaches of decision to transfer: Dallas Morning News

Fair, Dallas need UT-OU more: Ft. Worth Star-Telegram

QB Tommy Grady to transfer: Utah?

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QB Grady to Transfer: Utah Maybe? Sophomore Quarterback Tommy Grady, has informed the University of Oklahoma coaching staff he plans to transfer before the beginning of the fall semester. Grady, is expected to be interested in Utah. Although, Grady is not allowed to transfer to University of Southern Cali. or UCLA. Grady's mother Christy Grady told the AP, "He's not happy about it, I'll tell you that," Christy Grady said. "He loves Oklahoma."(

August 18, 2005

(8/18) Another Scrimmage? Poll shows most prefer new Radio Voice.. and more.

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Another Scrimmage Next Week? Indeed, Wednesday’s scrimmage at Owen Field, the alleged last scrimmage of the preseason until OU coach Bob Stoops announced moments after its conclusion they might do it again the next Wednesday — you know, maybe 50 or 60 plays; might even let the fans come back — told us next to nothing about the state of Sooner football. (Norman Transcript)

According to poll fans favor a new radio voice: The readers have spoken, and by a huge majority, they would prefer a new radio voice for the University of Oklahoma. Of 167 people who responded to a request for their opinion on whether Bob Barry Sr. should continue as the voice of the OU football and basketball teams, 69 percent (115) said they thought Barry should retire. The remaining 31 percent (52) said he should continue in that role. Among possible replacements for Barry mentioned by readers were Chuck Cooperstein, Mark Rodgers, Brian Brinkley, Bob Barry Jr. and Bob Carpenter. OU athletic director Joe Castiglione, citing Barry's long service to the university and strong following, said Barry had a right to determine the timing of when to retire. OU President David Boren, who sources said overturned Castiglione's decision to replace Barry after the 2000 season, is hospitalized from back surgery and could not be reached. (

Long getting the feel of the Game: OU offensive coordinator Chuck Long has always called plays from the pressbox and figures to do so again this year. However, Long is a hands-on coach and he places plenty of emphasis on what he calls the "feel of the game." With two inexperienced quarterback candidates, Long was asked if he might move down to the field in order to better communicate and read the QBs. "I prefer to be in the box, but we do have some new and young quarterbacks, and I want to see how they handle things," Long said. "I'll probably start the season off in the box, but that doesn't mean if I feel like I need to come down at some point just to get around them more -- because they're new to this -- I will do that. I'd prefer to be up top, but I'll think of those guys first." (

Long on Quarterbacks, and timetable: (Chuck) Long said a big part of the quarterbacks' grades would be based on their ability to handle the defensive pressure in the scrimmage "Sometimes as a young quarterback, if you get sacked, you feel like you've got to make a play the next time when actually you've got to take what they give you," Long said. Long said Thompson's maturity showed in his willingness to dump the ball off instead of forcing a risky pass. However, he did have some criticism. "A couple times, we want to get that go route up or that bomb, and we need to hit that as well," Long said. Long said Oklahoma's goal is to have a quarterback chosen before the season opener against Texas Christian on Sept. 3, and preferably 10 days ahead of time. However, he said he was still open to entering the season with both quarterbacks still in the mix. (

Thompson, Bomar have little time to throw on Sooner defense: The Oklahoman

No. 1 question for Sooners is in the backfield: The Oklahoman

Cotton Bowl or bust? Game not in flux yet: The Oklahoman

Not so fast: Norman Transcript

Final Open Scrimmage Pleases Coach Stoops

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Final open scrimmage went good: The Oklahoma football team ended the publicly-open portion of training camp with a 96-play scrimmage in front of an estimated crowd of 9,000 on Wednesday evening at the Gaylord Family -- Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Head coach Bob Stoops was pleased with the effort and crispness of the scrimmage but again pointed out that a more thorough evaluation would come when the staff assessed the video tape. “I was pleased, real satisfied with the scrimmage.," said Stoops. "The defense was structurally very sound on all the deep balls. They tackled well and there were very few, if any busted assignments. That is what it ought to be." (

J. Gutierrez – 9/16
D. Hickson – 7/68 (TD, 1 yd)
P. Thompson – 2/8
R. Bomar – 3/11
J. Snell – 3/1
L. Gibbs – 3/-1
TEAM – 27/103


P. Thompson: 15-29-154, 1 TD
R. Bomar: 8-16-118, 2 INT


J. Finley: 2-19
J. Hardison: 2-30
T. Wilson: 3-47
J. Rankins: 1-10
Q. Chaney: 4-36 (TD, 3 yds)
D. Hickson: 1- (-5)
W. Roberts: 1-7
M. Johnson: 2-23
L. Holmes: 2-31
J. Iglesias: 3-33
D. Robinson: 1-35
J. Moses: 1-6


R. Alexander: 8
L. Baker: 7
R. Reynolds: 7
C. Lofton: 6
C. Onyenegecha: 5
D. Williams: 5
Z. Latimer: 5
C. Ingram: 3
N. Harris: 3
J. Williams: 3
J. Carter: 2
K. Clayton: 2
E. Bassey: 2
D. Wolfe: 2
T. Cade: 2
C. Thibodeaux: 2
A. Davis: 2
R. Smith: 1
B. Jackson: 1
A. Patrick: 1
L. Robinson: 1
C. Pendleton: 1
S. Coleman: 1
A. Dotson: 1
D. Granger: 1
C. Ah You: 1

R. Alexander: 2, 13 yards
J. Williams: 2, 7 yards
L. Robinson: 1, 8 yards
S. Coleman: 1, 7 yards
Z. Latimer: 1, 6 yards
C. Ah You: 1, 3 yards (assisted)
D. Granger: 1, 3 yards (assisted)
C. Pendleton: 1, 3 yards (assisted)
C. Thibodeaux: 1, 3 yards (assisted)

L. Baker: 1, 5 yards
C. Onyenegecha: 1, 4 yards
R. Alexander: 1, 2 yards
N. Harris: 1, 1 yard
R. Reynolds: 1, 1 yard
K. Clayton: 1, 1 yard
A. Dotson: 1, 1 yard

J. Carter: 1, 40 yards
B. Jackson: 1, 0 yards

D. Wolfe: 3
B. Jackson: 1
C. Onyenegecha: 1
C. Lofton: 1
R. Alexander: 1
Z. Latimer: 1

August 17, 2005

(8/17) Final open scrimmage, practice, Keith update, Cotton Bowl and more.

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Sooner practice again indoors: The Oklahoma football team held its third consecutive practice inside the Everest Training Center east of Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on Tuesday evening. OU held both morning and evening sessions on Monday in the facility. Intermittent rain in the Norman area prompted the move inside from the rugby fields. The Sooners worked on a number of aspects and finished in its two-minute drill. In addition, Oklahoma practiced several special teams situations including punt coverage and kick-offs. Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops was extremely pleased with the OU defense following practice. (

Red River Shootout home and home series? The issue surfaced last week when both schools announced a new sponsorship agreement with SBC Communications Inc. for their annual October clash, a State Fair staple since 1929. The length of the contract with SBC – three years – coincides with a clause Texas and OU have to opt out of their agreement with the city of Dallas to play at Fair Park. The deal runs through the 2008 game but with a chance to opt out after the 2007 game. "The decision whether to opt out after the 2007 game would probably need to be made about a year in advance," Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds said. Oklahoma athletic director "Joe Castiglione and I are having conversations with our staffs about it and trying to decide where Dallas is with our game and what the Cotton Bowl stadium is going to look like in 2008." Several factors will determine whether Texas-OU remains a tradition at the Cotton Bowl during the State Fair. Foremost is whether the 75-year-old stadium will be improved. No interest in Arlington Mr. Dodds has said that if improvements aren't made to the Cotton Bowl, he would favor going to a home-and-home series. Mr. Dodds said he wouldn't favor moving the game to the Cowboys' new stadium in Arlington – expected to be ready for the 2009 season – because the State Fair is the basis of the game's tradition and the reason for playing it in Dallas. Robert Black, a spokesman for Texas Gov. Rick Perry, said the governor would leave the decision up to school and Dallas officials. "Wherever the game is, the governor believes the great rivalry that has been going on for almost 80 years will continue," Mr. Black said. (In part from Dallas Morning News)

Lofton moves to 1st team: Freshman linebacker Curtis Lofton spent most of Tuesday’s practice working with the first team. Lofton was at middle linebacker while Zach Latimer rested some nagging injuries. It’s clear the blue chip recruit from Kingfisher has made a favorable impression. “He looked really good. He’s a guy that has a natural feel in there. You always say linebackers that you have to tell too much what to do usually struggle,” Stoops said. “He’s one of those guys that you just have to get him lined up. After that, you don’t have to tell him a whole lot. He feels the game and executes. He has a chance to be a really good player.” Lofton and fellow freshman Ryan Reynolds have already moved up to second-team linebacker spots and co-defensive coordinator Brent Venables expects both to play. (Norman Transcipt)

Injury updates: Sophomore linebacker Demarrio Pleasant has returned to practice, several days after suffering a compound fracture of a finger on his left hand. Pleasant went through the workout wearing a cast. Sophomore cornerback Marcus Walker was withheld from most drills Tuesday. Coach Bob Stoops said he "tweaked" his left shoulder, which had been dislocated earlier in camp, on Monday. Freshman receiver Malcolm Kelly was in pads but didn't participate in the majority of workout drills. Kelly continues to nurse a hamstring injury. (

Brandon Keith Update: The door may not have closed on AWOL offensive lineman Brandon Keith's OU career. Co-offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson said Keith, who left camp after two practices and hasn't been back, might still return. Wilson, who coaches the offensive line, said his contact with Keith has been indirect. But he said he's hopeful the lineman will return. "I think he's just trying to work through some things I guess he's dealing with," Wilson said. "Is he going to stay or not? We're hoping he does. We're trying to make it work. "But all we can do is communicate to his family or (through) leaving him messages: 'Hey, we'd like to see you stay here and have success off the field, and we think you can have success as a player.' " (

Final open scrimmage and practice today: The Sooners will conduct the third and final scrimmage of the preseason on Wednesday at the stadium. Practice is slated to begin at 5:30 p.m. with the team moving to Owen Field at approximately 6 p.m. The scrimmage will mark the Sooners' final practice of the season that will be open to the public. "I want us to continue to make strides and hopefully eliminate some of the foolish penalties in tomorrow's scrimmage," Stoops said. "I want to see guys excecute on both sides of the ball and see who is going to make plays." (

Gutierrez makes up for hieight with heart: The Oklahoman

Focus remains behind center: Norman Transcript

Record freshman season increases expectations for Peterson: Ft. Worth Star-Telegram

Stoops, Sooners more than rebuilding:

August 16, 2005

(8/16) Grady to complete class, Sooners practice again indoors and more.

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Grady to complete summer classes: Quarterback Tommy Grady, who has missed all of preseason drills due to an intersession course, is scheduled to complete the class Friday. However, it seems doubtful that Grady will get back into the mix at QB with junior Paul Thompson and redshirt freshman Rhett Bomar vying for the starting spot. Speculation is that the sophomore will transfer. "I don't know that," said OU offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Chuck Long. "I don't want to say anything about it. I'm sure he'll confer with his family, and they'll make a decision." Long did say that with classes starting Monday, Grady has a choice to make this week. (

Injury updates: Senior running back Kejuan Jones remains on crutches with a sprained left foot. The Jenks product has been out of action for a week after suffering the injury during OU's first scrimmage on Aug. 8. Jones' foot is in a protective boot. Freshmen receiver Fred Strong (thigh muscle) is still recuperating. Sophomore linebacker Demarrio Pleasant, who suffered a broken finger on his left hand Thursday, was limited to conditioning drills. He is expected back in the next few days. Freshman defensive tackle Cordero Moore is sidelined with a bruised sternum suffered in Saturday's scrimmage. Moore spent the evening practice on a treadmill, alongside sophomore defensive tackle Steven Coleman, who was on an elliptical (conditioning) machine. (

Sooner's practice again indoors: Mother Nature couldn't stop Oklahoma from continuing its preseason preparations Monday evening. The Sooner football team returned to the Everest Indoor Training Center east of Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium for the second practice of the day. Although rain had stopped in the Norman area, the OU coaching staff opted to practice indoors to avoid further wet weather and soggy field conditions. OU head coach Bob Stoops turned the evening workout a "normal practice." "It was good," he said. "We continue to make good progress. (

McEachern allegiance lies with Sooners now:

August 15, 2005

(8/15) Monday Practice shifts indoors and Sooner Articles

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Monday Morning practice shifts indoors: With rain in the Norman area, Oklahoma moved its Monday morning practice to the Everest Indoor Training Center east of Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Despite the weather, the workout began at 8:45 a.m. and ran on a similar schedule to the majority of training camp practices. OU head coach Bob Stoops commented about the team's ability to go inside and carry out the exact same practice plan. "It works out better in here. It is safer than going outside and slipping and sliding around," said Stoops. "It is handy on days when it rains or there is lightning because we don't have to change our workout at all." (

OU defense shows teeth: The Oklahoman

Smith, Cody might have second occupation: The Oklahoman

Casillas inducted into College Hall of Fame:

August 14, 2005

(8/14) Smith at Safety? Sooner's take a day off, Former Tight End inducted into Hall.

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Stoops says Smith has many options at Safety: Reggie Smith is one of several freshmen the Sooners expect to play this season. The question has been where. The heralded recruit from Edmond Santa Fe worked at cornerback and safety during the first week of practice. Stoops said Smith’s future appears to be at the latter position. “He gives you a lot of options at safety — his ability to play man and other things,” Stoops said. “It gives you a lot of options. It’s more because of the diversity he gives you in there.” (Norman Transcript)

Sooner's taking a day off: After 12 practices and 10 straight days of work, OU players will get their first day off of preseason drills today. The team will return to practice Monday with two sessions (8:45 a.m.; 6 p.m.). The Sooners are scheduled to have another day off Thursday. The two-a-day portion of preseason drills ends Saturday, with classes beginning Aug. 22. (

Former Oklahoma Tight End inducted into Hall of Fame: Former Oklahoma football great Tony Casillas was among 20 former players and coaches enshrined Saturday in the College Football Hall of Fame. Casillas, a middle guard, said he was overwhelmed by the honor when he saw a stat that said nearly 5 million men have played college football but fewer than 1,000 have been honored by the hall. "That kind of puts everything in perspective," said Casillas, who won the Lombardi Award as the nation's top lineman in helping the Sooners to a national championship in 1985. "The hall really brings the adrenaline out in you." (

Hartley to be kicker for Sooners in '05: Garrett Hartley will be the Sooners’ place kicker this season and he showed he has a powerful foot. Hartley was 9-for-15 on field goal attempts prior to the scrimmage. He was 6-for-6 inside 42 yards, but struggled from beyond the distance. Hartley, who came out of redshirt in OU’s final regular-season game last season, was just 3-for-9 from 47 yards or longer. Hartley did connect on attempts from 52 and 57 yards. His final attempt, a 62-yarder, had the distance but sailed wide left. (Norman Transcript)

QB decision still too close for OU to call:

Thompson out in front?:

Iglesias shines: Norman Transcript

QBs take turns in Sooners scrimmage: Dallas Morning News

Thompson may have lead at QB: Ft. Worth Star-Telegram

August 13, 2005

(8/13) Saturday Scrimmage

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Sooners complete Saturday scrimmage: Early morning showers and some lingering sprinkles couldn't deter Oklahoma from finishing its second scrimmage of the 2005 preseason. The Sooners were on Owen Field for nearly two and one-half hours Saturday and managed 104 snaps plus kicking game work. Head coach Bob Stoops liked the competitiveness of the workout but said a more thorough evaluation would come later. "I liked the way they competed," he said, "I thought they all competed well and played well, for the most part. We'll look at the tape and know more later. There were some sloppy penalties we've got to clean up. It's hard, I think, offensively without A.D. (Adrian Peterson) and some of what we do, of course, with the run game with him. He changes the whole picture. So that makes it a little more difficult for them." (

Peterson and Jones sit out scrimmages: Both running backs, Adrian Peterson and Kejuan Jones were held out of Saturday's scrimmage. Peterson could have played but was held out by the coaches. His running mate, Kejuan Jones, also sat out with a sprained foot. (

Saturday Scrimmage Stats

Willie Roberts 4 yards from Rhett Bomar
Joe Jon Finley 2 yards from Paul Thompson
Willie Roberts 15 yards from Rhett Bomar

J. Guitierrez -- 9/39
P. Thompson -- 3/12
L. Gibbs -- 3/10
D. Hickson -- 6/8
R. Bomar -- 3/7
J. Snell -- 5/-4

P. Thompson: 17-28-192, 1 TD
R. Bomar: 16-36-151, 2 TD, 2 INT
H. McEachern: 3-4-17

J. Iglesias: 5-63
W. Roberts: 5-32 (2 TD)
J. Rankins: 4-39
Q. Chaney: 3-57
T. Wilson: 3-42
J. Hardison: 3-39
J. Gutierrez: 2-25
L. Holmes: 2-4
D. Hickson: 2-1
M. Johnson: 1-38
J. Greene: 1-7
J. Chilcutt: 1-5
R. English: 1-5
M. Clapp: 1-3
J. Finley: 1-2 (TD)
D. Robinson: 1-(-2)

D. Hickson -- 6/8
J. Guitierrez -- 9/39
L. Gibbs -- 3/10
R. Bomar -- 3/7
P. Thompson -- 3/12
J. Snell -- 5/-4
Team -- 29/64

C. Lofton: 9
R. Alexander: 8
C. Ingram: 7
Z. Latimer: 6
J. Carter: 6
D. Wolfe: 5
L. Baker: 4
R. Reynolds: 4
N. Harris: 4
B. Simmons: 4
R. Smith: 3
B. Jackson: 3
E. Bassey: 3
C. Onyenegecha: 3
L. Robinson: 3
D. Williams: 3
C. Ah You: 3
C. Bennett: 3
K. Clayton: 2
T. Cade: 2
I. Pleasant: 2
A. Davis: 2
J. Williams: 2
J. Poteat: 1
A. Patrick: 1
C. Thibodeaux: 1
C. Pendleton: 1
B. Blackard: 1
L. Nixon: 1
B. Eldridge: 1
A. English: 1

C. Lofton: 1, 5 yards
C. Bennett: 1, 5 yards
B. Simmons: 1, 3 yards
J. Williams: 1, 2 yards

C. Ingram: 1, 4 yards

R. Alexander: 1, 37 yard TD
C. Lofton: 1, 30 yards

C. Onyenegecha: 3
C. Ingram: 3
D. Wolfe: 2
R. Reynolds: 2
B. Jackson: 1
E. Bassey: 1
L. Baker: 1

Fumble recoveries
C. Lofton: 1

(8/13) Saturday Scrimmage Set, Stoops Quarterback comments and more.

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Saturday 11 A.M. scrimmage set: The OU football team wrapped up its first full week of practices Friday morning at the Al Velie Rugby Football Complex on the University of Oklahoma campus. The Sooners will hold their second scrimmage Saturday, Aug. 13, at the Gaylord Family -- Oklahoma Memorial Stadium at 11 a.m. The scrimmage is free and open to the public. Both the east and west sides of the stadium will be open for spectators. Fans may enter through the south gates on either side of Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Restrooms and concessions will also be open on both sides. Spectators are encouraged to park in either the east lots at the corner of Jenkins and Brooks or in the lots south of Lindsey. Fans will not be allowed to enter with cameras. (

Stoops comment on Q.B. race: "I thought they both (Paul Thompson and Rhett Bomar) did a pretty good job today." Stoops said. "Both threw the deep ball well. I think, in the end, that's going to be a strong position for us. "If you look back two years ago nobody knew who Jason White was but two rebuilt knees. Guys were wondering if he could stay on the field for more than two games. I don't think anybody had him on any All-Big 12 teams in the preseason. Hopefully, these guys can come on and have that type of career." (

Stoops not happy with Friday's practice: It took 11 practices, but OU coach Bob Stoops was displeased with his team's performance Friday. After the morning workout, the Sooners went through a long set of conditioning sprints, including a few extra because of discipline for a few players. Stoops spent several minutes longer than usual in the team huddle. "It was pretty sloppy," he said. "Guys feeling sorry for themselves, the usual stuff after about a week. .... Didn't do real well today." Stoops elaborated, defining sloppiness. "Just the way they approached the line of scrimmage, their alignments, laziness in their assignments," he said. "We see it maybe more than everyone else sees it. They're not as sharp and pushing themselves as much as they should. Coaches having to say too much to them, rather than just competing like they usually do.” (

Wolfe challenging Walker for Corner spot: Sophomore D.J. Wolfe, who was named the top running back in Oklahoma in high school, is battling sophomore Marcus Walker for playing time at cornerback. Senior Chijioke Onyenegecha has made headway at winning the other cornerback position. Also, Switzer to be honored Former OU quarterback J.C. Watts will host a special event at 6:30 p.m. today to honor legendary coach Barry Switzer in Houston. Former players organized the event at the Westin Oaks Hotel. (Dallas Morning News)

Sooners make no secret of Schmidt's role in success of football program:

OU practice report:

Sooners deep at tight end: Norman Transcript

OU practice report:

August 11, 2005

(8/11) Former Heisman White to Retire from NFL

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White to Give up Football: Former Heisman Trophy winner Jason White ended his professional career, citing his weak knees. White, who had been competing for third quarterback with the Tennessee Titans, said he has the head and heart to play in the NFL, but not the knees. "It's always been a dream of mine, but certain things won't allow me to chase that dream," White said. "It's kind of out of my hands at this point." White won the Heisman in 2003 and led Oklahoma to back-to back BCS title games. He is Oklahoma's career passing leader with 7,922 yards and in touchdown passes with 81. He joined the Titans in May as an undrafted rookie after an audition with the Kansas City Chiefs did not lead to a contract offer. ( White said he informed coach Jeff Fisher of his decision Wednesday night.

August 10, 2005

(8/10) No Sign of Keith, Peterson & Walker Returns, Odds and more.

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No Sign of Keith: Brandon Keith, the junior offensive lineman who transferred from Northeastern, missed Oklahoma's practice for the fourth straight day. He may not be considered AWOL much longer. "He's not with us today," coach Bob Stoops said. "He may not be with us anymore. We'll see. We haven't actually been able to get a hold of him to communicate. So I guess I'm assuming he just quit. "But we're having a hard time tracking him down to be definitive on it." Coaches were on the verge of mixing Keith in with the first team on Saturday, but he didn't show up for practice and hasn't been seen since. (

Peterson & Walker Returns: Running back Adrian Peterson was held out of most drills during Saturday and Sunnday's practices as well as Monday's scrimmage. He was in full pads for the first time Tuesday morning. Peterson has been battling a tight hamstring and has been held back to prevent the injury from getting any worse. Peterson wasn't the only player in full pads for the first time Tuesday. Cornerback Marcus Walker suffered a shoulder injury Saturday, but went through both drills Tuesday. (Norman Transcipt)

Birdine Steps on Wilsons Ankle: In the morning practice, defensive end Larry Birdine stepped on receiver Travis Wilson's ankle. Wilson returned after getting the ankle heavily taped. But Tuesday afternoon, coach Bob Stoops suggested to Wilson: "You'd better get that tape off if you want to get deep on (the defensive backs)." Wilson laughed. (

Quarterbacks "don't know" either: Oklahoma quarterbacks Paul Thompson and Rhett Bomar have no idea which one will start the season opener against TCU on Sept. 3. "I want to get a sign on my shirt that says, 'I don't know,'" Thompson said. "Everywhere I go, people ask, 'Are you starting?' Well, we'll see." Bomar said: "We don't have anything to say about it. That's basically our answer. We don't know." The biggest question facing the Sooners this season cannot be answered with haste, according to coach Bob Stoops. Thompson, Bomar and Tommy Grady all have the necessary skills. The Sooners may need the rest of the month to figure out which one is best suited to replace Heisman Trophy winner Jason White and lead the defending Big 12 champions. Who has the edge? The coach isn't helpful. "In our mind going into (Friday's first) practice, there was not a separation, not a ranking," Stoops said. (San Antonio Express)

Players sitting out: Senior tailback Kejuan Jones, who suffered a sprained left ankle in Monday's scrimmage, watched practice Tuesday on crutches, the ankle encased in a protective boot. Stoops said Jones' injury wasn't serious. Also, Others who missed practice because of minor injuries included: receivers Malcolm Kelly, Fred Strong and Jermaine Harrison, defensive backs Eric Bassey and Brett Bowers, and offensive linemen Ben Barresi, Branndon Braxton and Chris Bush. Barresi could miss as much as a week more with a knee injury; the others could return sooner. Sophomore defensive end Alonzo Dotson missed Tuesday's morning practice for what Stoops described as a "class issue." (

Covers Big 12 Oklahoma Preview: has released their Big 12 Preview Oklahoma Sooner's Prediction: 11-0 straight up (SU), 7-4 against the spread (ATS) If this were any program other than Oklahoma, it would be in trouble. After a bad end to last season -- a blowout loss to USC in the national championship game -- and losing 15 starters in the offseason, including 10 NFL draft picks, the Sooners will not be the team they used to be. But coach Bob Stoops is one of the best salesmen in the country and after four straight top 10 recruiting classes, a few Adrian Peterson-type surprises are surely waiting in the wings. The biggest question is, who will replace Jason White at quarterback? It's down to junior Paul Thomson and redshirt freshman Rhett Bomar, neither of which seems to have the advantage at this point, but Bomar’s two interceptions in the spring game could haunt him when it comes time to name a starter. The defense is looking shaky, with only four starters retuning. (More on Oklahoma Preview along with Big 12 at

Sooners keeping it simple in secondary: The Oklahoman

OU returns to one practice Wednesday:

August 9, 2005

(8/9) Peterson sits out Mondays Scrimmage, Dvoracek, Scrimmage Stats and more.

Oklahoma Sooner's Notes and Articles

Peterson doesn't play scrimmage: All-American running back Adrian Peterson did not play in the scrimmage. "He's been tight a little bit," Stoops said. "We're not going to push it. We'll just see how it goes," Stoops added that Peterson's ailment is not serious. (

Dvoracek offers apology, expects to play TCU: Dusty Dvoracek, a Lake Dallas native who nearly saw his football career ruined by alcoholism, stepped forward Monday and offered his first public apology for his actions last season that got him dismissed from the Oklahoma football team. His long hair is still bleached blond, and his arms still bulge. But Dvoracek said he is a different person. The 6-3, 298-pound defensive tackle said he has quit drinking. He said he goes to bed around 10 p.m. and, in turn, has a much more calm demeanor. "I've been working with some really good people to address those problems, and I feel like I'm a much better person, a more complete person," said Dvoracek, 24. "I feel like I've fixed a lot of things that I felt were wrong." It's unclear whether these personal changes will affect Dvoracek on the field. The senior still has not recovered from a left biceps injury suffered during the spring game. Thus, he has not practiced at full speed this August. But Dvoracek said he expects to play against TCU on Sept. 3, and he's just glad to get a second chance. "I could have easily gone to the NFL," Dvoracek said to a group of reporters inside Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. "But I wanted to come back here and stare this thing right in the face. (Dallas Morning News)

No timetable set on naming QB: Quarterbacks Rhett Bomar and Paul Thompson, the centers of attention, directed one lengthy scoring drive each. Bomar marched the team 75 yards in nine plays. Jacob Gutierrez covered the final yard for the touchdown. Thompson came back to lead an eight-play, 75-yard drive that also culminated with a one-yard run, this one by Donta Hickson. Bomar completed 6-of-9 passes for 90 yards, while Thompson connected on 9-of-16 for 107 "I was pleased with the quarterbacks," Stoops said. "I thought both were sharp in the huddle, sharp at the line of scrimmage. They made a lot of nice throws. That part is really exciting," But Stoops said the decision as to a starter is still in the distance. "We'll have one named when we need to." he said. "It could be 10 days before, could be a week before,could be two weeks before, could be game week. I don't know. If we feel it's been decided or if we feel there is some seperation, we'll separate them. At this point, it's just too soon." (

Fan attendance, including Gov. Henry: Among the estimated 8,500 fans in attendance at Oklahoma's scrimmage Monday night was the state's First Family. Gov. Brad Henry, his wife, Kim, and their daughter, Laynie, took in the scrimmage from the sidelines. "I just can’t wait for football season," Henry said. "I've been reading the sports pages every day and keeping up with (the Sooners). We just thought we’d come down and watch." Count the governor as impressed. "It's exciting," Henry said. "They look pretty good." (

Oklahoma scrimmage


Gutierrez 1-yd run

Hickson 1-yd run


Hickson 12-48, Guitierrez 7-28, Gibbs 3-22, K. Jones 5-11,
Thompson 3-8, Wilson 1-3, Snell 1-0.


Thompson 9-16-107, Bomar 6-9-90, McEachern 2-4-15.


Roberts 4-77, Chaney 2-25, Rankins 2-19, Huggins 2-11,
Hardison 1-20, Hickson 1-18, Chilcutt 1-11, M. Johnson 1-11, Gutierrez 1-10,
Finley 1-5, K. Jones 1-5.


Reynolds 6, Cade 5, Lofton 5, R. Smith 5, Williams 5,
Alexander 4, I. Pleasant 4, Birdine 3, Onyenegecha 3, Robinson 3, Dotson 2,
Ingram 2, Wolfe 2, Ah You 1, Ayodele 1, Baker 1, Clayton 1, Coleman 1, Davis 1,
Granger 1, Harris 1, Jackson 1, Latimer 1, Patrick 1, Pendleton 1, D. Pleasant
1, Poteat 1, Moore 1, Nixon 1, Williams 1. Tackles For Loss:
Nixon 1, Williams 1. Sacks: Ah You 1, Nixon 1.


Passes Broken Up: Wolfe 2, Ayodele 1;
Fumbles Forced: Ah You 1.

Field Goals

Hartley, 11-13. Long: 57.

Sooner Articles
Bomar, Thompson display ability in Sooners' scrimmage: The Oklahoman

Bomar hungry for OU's starting quarterback job: The Oklahoman

Dvoracek eager to return: The Oklahoman

Getting some work: Norman Transcript

Dvoracek ready to prove himself: Norman Transcript

Thompson, Bomar, Grady, and fans ready for decision: Dallas Morning News

Mark Bradley sets record in NFL Hall of Fame Game:

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