March 31, 2008

Stoops: Excited about NBA in OKC

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Bob Stoops thinks OKC can more than support college sports and NBA franchise: OU coach Bob Stoops said he's excited about the prospects of an NBA franchise coming to Oklahoma City and that he's not worried the presence of an NBA team could chip away at his or any other collegiate fan base in the state. "I don't think it has to. People love all sports. More than anything, there's enough fans to go around for everybody," Stoops said. "In the end, success brings people, brings crowds no matter what it is. I think they have a great market for that. People around here will follow it and support it." Stoops was among several local dignitaries who greeted the NBA subcommittee that visited Oklahoma City last week, the next step in the Sonics making the move to Oklahoma City. "There's a lot to be proud of, and they presented it and it's undeniable," Stoops said. "Great things are happening for this state and for Oklahoma City." (The Oklahoman)

'Unlucky 13' miss spring practice time due to different injuries: The Oklahoman

March 30, 2008

(3/30) OU Scrimmage Articles and Notes

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

University of Oklahoma Football 1st Spring Scrimmage Top Performers
Player, Comp.-Att.-Int.-Yards-TD
Bradford 8-16-0-104-0

Johnson 17-57

Player, Rec.-Yards
Iglesias 4-62

Jackson 7

Tackles For Loss
Clayton 4

Clayton 2
Alexander 1

Clayton 1-5
Bowers 1-30
Lewis 1-0

Complete Stats at

Sooners held out of scrimmage: Several projected starters did not participate in the scrimmage while recovering from injuries. Among those were running back linebacker Austin Box, Chris Brown, defensive end Auston English, safety Nic Harris, receiver Manuel Johnson, linebacker Ryan Reynolds, offensive guard Duke Robinson and defensive end John Williams. (

OU Coaching Clinic ends: Saturday's scrimmage marked the end of a three-day coaching clinic that brought in high school coaches from as far away as Pennsylvania. Several local coaches attended the scrimmage, including ones from Edmond North, Chickasha and Deer Creek. (The Oklahoman)

Wilson decides against using no-huddle in scrimmage: With so many players injured and so many others filling in, offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson said he all but scrapped the no-huddle offense for this scrimmage. "It's a much slower pace than we'd like to play if we're going to do things in the no-huddle," Wilson said. "We do need to practice and do that, but right now, you're developing the foundation of your team. Going out there and going hectic and making it an unorganized drill is not helping our team." (Tulsa World)

Sooner football holds first scrimmage: Norman Transcript

Injury bug won't leave players, even coaches alone: The Oklahoman

OU Football Q&A: The Oklahoman

OU defense steals show in spring scrimmage: The Oklahoman

Q&A -- Jimmy Stevns, OU kicker: The Oklahoman

Linebacker post not easy: Tulsa World

Sooners Add '09 Verbal Commitment

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Jaydan Bird verbally commits to OU: High school linebacker Jaydan Bird (Conway Springs, Kan.), who's in Norman this weekend, committed to the Sooners on Saturday morning before OU first's open scrimmage. "OU is a school with great tradition, the coaches are cool and laid back," Bird said. "OU has a good academic program. I felt really comfortable with the school." The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Bird has scholarship offers from Kansas, Kansas State and Miami. (The Oklahoman)

March 29, 2008

OU Scrimmage Today

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

OU's first spring scrimmage today: Oklahoma's football team will hold scrimmages on March 29 and April 5. Both are open to the public. The OU Athletics Department today released information that will help those fans planning on being in Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium for those two workouts. The March 29 scrimmage will begin at 11 a.m., with the April 5 event set for 1 p.m. Entrance to the stadium will be limited to gates 1 (west side) and 12 (east side). Seating will be restricted to the west side only. Concessions stands and restrooms on that side of the stadium will be open. Prohibited items are the same as during the regular season with the addition of all cameras. (SoonerSports)

Jackson is ready to take over for Smith in secondary: The Oklahoman

OU scrimmage players to watch: The Oklahoman

Chaney ready to emerge: Tulsa World

Clayton getting a second chance: Norman Transcript

March 28, 2008

OU Fan to Stand Trial After OU-Texas Confrontation

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

OU fan to stand trial after attacking Texas fan at Hudson's: A judge ordered a man Wednesday to stand trial on a felony assault charge after a bar confrontation that escalated from football trash-talking to a near castration. Allen Michael Beckett, 54, will be tried on a charge of aggravated assault and battery, Special Judge D. Fred Doak ruled. Beckett, a federal auditor and church deacon, is accused of tearing the scrotum of Brian Christopher Thomas, 35, in June. Thomas said he received more than 60 stitches and still endures pain, although there was no permanent damage. Thomas wore a University of Texas shirt into a bar popular with fans of the University of Oklahoma and said Beckett immediately taunted him. After about 20 minutes at a table, Thomas said he decided to leave and went to pay his tab at the bar when Beckett attacked him. "I turned around and he grabbed a hold of my testicles," Thomas said. (Associated Press)

(3/28) OU Spring Football Articles and Notes

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

OU Regents approve charter service and upgrades:
The University of Oklahoma Board of Regents agreed Thursday to award a contract to American Airlines to provide air charter services to the Sooner football team for road games during the 2008 football season. The contract is worth $436,724 to American, which beat out solicitations from more than a dozen competitors. The Regents also approved an estimated $1.5 million to go toward upgrades to OU's video production equipment at athletic venues. (The Oklahoman)

Other backs have a chance to shine at scrimmage Saturday: The Oklahoman

Plenty of action in mid-week practice:

March 26, 2008

Shoate on the College Football Hall of Fame Ballot

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

OU LB Rod Shoate on Ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame: The National Football Foundation (NFF) announced the names of 75 players and eight coaches who comprise the 2008 Football Bowl Subdivision Ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame. Of the 4.6 million individuals who have played college football, only 829 players have earned induction into the College Football Hall of Fame. From the coaching ranks, 178 individuals have achieved Hall of Fame distinction. The FBS Hall of Fame Class will be announced live on ESPNEWS at a press conference in New York City's prestigious Waldorf-Astoria on May 1 and inducted at The National Football Foundation's Annual Awards Dinner on December 9, 2008 also at the Waldorf-Astoria. They will be officially enshrined at the Hall in South Bend, Ind. in the summer of 2009. (NFF) One former Sooner is listed on this year's College Football Hall of Fame ballot.

Rod Shoate, Oklahoma-Linebacker
1973 consensus and 1974 unanimous First Team All-America...Finished seventh in the 1974 Heisman Trophy voting and twice named Big Eight Defensive Player of the Year...Ranks third in school history with 420 career tackles.

For more on Ron Shoate's career visit

(3/26) OU Football Articles and Notes

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

OU Football scrimmage Saturday: Oklahoma's football team will hold scrimmages on March 29 and April 5. Both are open to the public. The OU Athletics Department today released information that will help those fans planning on being in Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium for those two workouts. The March 29 scrimmage will begin at 11 a.m., with the April 5 event set for 1 p.m. Entrance to the stadium will be limited to gates 1 (west side) and 12 (east side). Seating will be restricted to the west side only. Concessions stands and restrooms on that side of the stadium will be open. Prohibited items are the same as during the regular season with the addition of all cameras. (SoonerSports PR)

Stoops among others to welcome NBA to OKC: Gov. Brad Henry, Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops and numerous other representatives of the city, state and sports community came out to welcome Stern, New Jersey Nets owner Lewis Katz, Indiana Pacers owner Herb Simon and Los Angeles Lakers vice president Jeanie Buss as Oklahoma City brought out fancy cars and hard facts to woo its first major-league sports franchise."It was a pretty full presentation and pretty much a tour de force on behalf of Oklahoma that I'd say impressed the members of the committee greatly," Stern said. (Associated Press)

4-Star receiver considers OU:

Workload for running is on Madu: Tulsa World

March 25, 2008

Ryan Broyles Suffers Broken Collarbone

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Broyles suffers broken collarbone in practice; out remainder of the spring: Once again, Ryan Broyles has been shut down just when it seemed he was getting started. Coach Bob Stoops said Monday that on March 12, during a scrimmage in the closing minutes of Oklahoma's final practice before spring break, Broyles, the Sooners' fleet-footed freshman wide receiver, sustained a broken collarbone. "He'll be all right," Stoops said Monday, after the fifth of 15 spring practices. "That's something that shouldn't be a big deal." Stoops said Broyles had stood out once again in his first four spring practices before the injury. "Yeah, Ryan was having a really good camp," said receivers coach Jay Norvell. "He's a young guy that just needed to play, and he got more reps than anybody the first couple weeks of camp before he got hurt, and he was really learning from those opportunities and gaining confidence from those opportunities."(Tulsa World)

Saturday scrimmage open to public:Coach Stoops announced Saturday's public scrimmage will begin at 11 a.m. at Memorial Stadium and open to the public.

Ryan Reynolds injury: Linebacker Ryan Reynolds suffered a sprained ankle on Monday but "should be back in a day or so." (Tulsa World)

Spring Drills Resume at Full Speed:

An open competition on o-line: The Oklahoman

Back on the field: The Oklahoman

March 24, 2008

Granger Pre-Trial Delayed

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

DeMarcus Granger pre-trial moved to April: OU defensive tackle DeMarcus Granger was supposed to have his pre-trial hearing with a Tempe, Ariz., prosecutor earlier this month. But his attorney, Jess Lorona, filed a motion to continue Granger's pre-trial hearing on April 8, where Granger or his attorney will meet with a prosecutor or plead to the court. Granger was arrested back in January, accused of misdemeanor theft just before the Fiesta Bowl. (The Oklahoman)

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March 23, 2008

Keith Nichol On Being Backup

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The Oklahoman's Q&A with backup QB Keith Nichol: More at The Oklahoman

Q: In the two scrimmages last year, you showed you have a lot of ability. People have said, with that kind of ability, why has Keith stayed? Make the case for why you've decided to stay here, why it's important to you and what you hope to achieve during your time here.

A: I'm still doing the same thing I did the first day I got on campus and that's compete for a starting spot. I'm not backing down and would never back down just because someone had a good year. A lot can change in college football. A lot of people ask me that same question, why aren't you going somewhere? I love OU, I love the people here. Worst-case scenario, you get a free education. It's really not a bad deal. I'm staying for a lot of reasons. I love these guys here. I'm glad Sam played so well last year and the team did so well. It's a selfish standpoint to get disappointed — I'm real proud of the team and Sam. If I had to transfer I'd still have to compete for a starting spot. So, I'm not going to sit here and compete for a second spot. I'm here to compete for the top.

Spring football Q&A: Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma tight end: The Oklahoman

OU Football Q&A by Jake Trotter: The Oklahoman

March 19, 2008

(3/19) OU Football Articles and Notes

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Sooners ranked third in spring top 25: Another preseason top 25 rankings.. This time from who ranked their spring top 25 college football teams.

1. Georgia Bulldogs
2. USC Trojans
3. Oklahoma Sooners
4. Texas Longhorns
5. Ohio State Buckeyes
6. Arizona State Sun Devils
7. LSU Tigers
8. Texas Tech Red Raiders
9. Missouri Tigers
10. Florida Gators
21. Kansas Jayhawks

Related: OU ranked 2nd in preseason poll

Early entry may land Box a starting spot: The Oklahoman

Big 12 Roundup: Bearing down, Buffalo stampede and more:

March 18, 2008

Sooners Ranked Second in Pre-Spring Top 25

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

OU ranked 2nd in preseason poll: CBSSportsline senior writer Dennis Dodd ranks his pre-spring top 25. As followed..

1. Georgia
2. Oklahoma
3. USC
4. Ohio State
5. Missouri
6. Florida
7. Kansas
8. Texas
9. LSU
10. West Virginia
12. Texas Tech

OU football notebook: The Oklahoman

March 17, 2008

(3/17) OU Football Articles and Notes

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Offensive line backups compete for playing time: OU returns all five starters on the offensive line from last season. But OU coach Bob Stoops said that doesn't mean the backups won't have a chance to compete for playing time during spring drills. "There are a lot of guys that are coming on that are going to have a chance to compete," Stoops said. "Cory Brandon, Brian Simmons, Donald Stephenson and Jason Hannan are coming back. There are a number of guys that really have a chance. We've got to get them out there and get them working, and they'll have a chance to do that." (The Oklahoman)

Five-star wide receiver eyes Oklahoma: Marlon Brown the 6-foot-5, 205-pound five-star wide receiver from Harding High School in Memphis, Tenn., finished his junior season with 41 catches for over 860 yards and six touchdowns. He also rushed for 60 carries and 630 yards and 10 scores. Brown,'s No. 2 wide receiver nationwide, has over 20 scholarship offers, but denies a favorite. "Right now I'm really wide open," he admitted. "I'll probably have a top five or six during the summer. I'm just taking things slow and not worrying about it right now." While Brown isn't sure if he's going to visit Oklahoma during the summer, he admits they meet his criteria. "Coaches are really important to me and coach Bob Stoops and his staff are some of the best coaches in the country. Every year Oklahoma is in the race for the national championship." (

Reminder Spring Break: OU is off this week for Spring Break. The Sooners will resume practice March 24.

Sooners eyeing the no-huddle: The Oklahoman

March 16, 2008

OU Defensive Coaches Pleased With Competition

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Bobby Jack Wright happy with defensive talent: Bobby Jack Wright is pleased, especially with cornerback Brian Jackson. "We're pretty happy with where they're at," Wright said. "Brian Jackson has had his hands on a ton of balls in four days. Brian knows this is his big opportunity and he's making the most of it. "Same thing with Dominique Franks and Jonathan Nelson. Those three have had four great practices. We don't feel we're missing a beat." (The Oklahoman)

Recruiting Update; Sooner Connections: The Sooners have already benefited from a former player helping them land a verbal commitment in the 2009 recruiting class. Mansfield (Texas) Legacy High School defensive end Terry Franklin committed to OU, following in the footsteps of his high school coach and former Sooner quarterback Chris Melson. OU could be hoping a second Sooner connection will pay off in another 2009 commitment. Plano (Texas) wide receiver Kris Lott, the son of former OU wishbone quarterback Thomas Lott, is interested in the Sooners along with Plano RB Rex Burkhead and QB Carson Meger, their high school coach Jaydon McCullough said. (The Oklahoman)

Carl Albert's Daytawion Lowe receives OU offer: Carl Albert safety Daytawion Lowe has received offers from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Baylor, Texas Tech, Missouri and others. "OSU is No. 1 right now,” Lowe said. "OU is No. 2 then Texas Tech.” OU was the most recent offer for the junior, who has led the Titans in tackles the past two seasons. "I was pretty excited,” Lowe said of the OU offer. Often overlooked because he plays on the same team as standout running back David Oku, Lowe has seen his recruiting pick up since signing day in February. (The Oklahoman)

Clapp in the running at fullback: The Oklahoman

Q&A -- Lendy Holmes: The Oklahoman

Coach's wife sees balance in her life: Tulsa World

Hopes rise for linebacker: Tulsa World

OU Football Notebook -- Stressful time: Tulsa World

March 14, 2008

Jarboe Still Planning to Attend OU

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

'08 signee Josh Jarboe's recent arrest just 'a speed bump': Oklahoma football signee Josh Jarboe told an Atlanta television station Thursday that he's still planning on coming to OU despite being charged with two felony gun counts late last week. "I still have my scholarship, I'm still going to Oklahoma," Jarboe told JaQuitta Williams of WSB-TV. "If I don't go to Oklahoma, I'm going somewhere. "This isn't fixing to just stop me." Jarboe, 18, was charged in DeKalb County, Ga., with theft by receiving a gun and carrying a weapon within a school safety zone stemming from a March 6 arrest. "If you know me, (you know) I'm a good person," Jarboe said. "This is just a speed bump that has slowed me down. "I'm going to get up out of this and go on doing what I'm supposed to be doing."(The Oklahoman)

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March 13, 2008

OU Red-White Game TV Info

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

ESPN not scheduled to cover annual OU Red-White game: At the moment, ESPN has no plans to broadcast the Red-White spring game on April 12. But that has a chance of changing. ESPN and OU have had discussions, which could lead to an agreement to televise the game. ESPN has shown the Red-White game in 2003, 2006 and 2007. (The Oklahoman) Maybe ESPNU or ESPN2??

On that note: Reminder Red-White Game tickets available: The game is set for April 12 with a tentative kickoff time of 1 p.m. The tickets are $5 in advance or $10 the day of the game and will be available online, in person at the Athletics Ticket Office on the plaza level of the Asp Avenue Parking Facility or by phone at 405-325-2424 or 800-456-GoOU.

March 12, 2008

English, Robinson on Preseason Watch List

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Duke Robinson and Auston English on Lombardi Award watch list: Oklahoma's Duke Robinson and Auston English are on the watch list for the 2008 Rotary Lombardi Award. They are among 54 players named to the preliminary list. Robinson, OU's left guard, was a consensus All-American last year, for a Sooners offense that ranked No. 1 nationally in passing efficiency, No. 5 in scoring, No. 5 in sacks allowed, No. 19 in total yards and No. 30 in rushing. One finalist and three semi-finalists from last year's Rotary Lombardi Award voting are among 54 players selected to the 2008 preliminary watch list released today. The 6-5, 330-pound senior graded at 85% last season. He was on the field for 663 plays with 97 knockdowns. English, a junior defense end, was No. 15 in the nation last season with .86 sacks per game. He had a total of 15 despite missing four games due to injury. English also had a team-high 13 tackles for loss. His 1.18 tackles for loss per game led the Big 12. Eligibility for the Rotary Lombardi Award is limited to down linemen and those defensive players who line up within five yards of the football. The candidates earned a place on the preliminary watch list by earning All-American honors or by being named to their respective all-conference first team as selected by the conference's head coaches. (SoonerSports PR)

Former OU winners of the Lombardi Award:

1975 Lee Roy Selmon
1985 Tony Casillas
2003 Tommie Harris

Related: See other OU Award winners

(3/12) Post OU Pro Day Articles and Notes

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Quote of the Day: "You made yourself a lot of money today," a scout telling Curtis Lofton.

Malcolm Kelly expected to workout April 9: Wide receiver Malcolm Kelly didn't work out because he's still recovering from a strained thigh muscle. He and Reggie Smith (broken toe in the Big 12 championship game) will work out for scouts at OU on April 9. Kelly said skipping his senior year wasn't a hard decision. "When I heard (first round), there's too much to chance it to come back," he said. "OU's going to win with Malcolm Kelly or without Malcolm Kelly. They're going to win Big 12 championships with me or without me. I would have loved to have been a part of it, but this team is a whole lot bigger than me." (Tulsa World)

Former Sooners attend Pro Day: Several ex-OU standouts now on NFL rosters came to pro day to visit with former coaches and cheer on old teammates. That list included defensive end Larry Birdine (Broncos), wide receiver Mark Clayton (Ravens), linebacker Clint Ingram (Jaguars) and wide receiver Travis Wilson (Browns). Former running back Renaldo Works, safety Jason Carter and offensive lineman Chris Messner were also in attendance. (The Oklahoman)

Lofton shows scouts his speed: The Oklahoman

Ex-OU player Lofton fares well on Pro Day: The Oklahoman

Utah quarterback Grady returns to Oklahoma for Sooners' Pro Day: The Oklahoman

Former Sooner QB Tommy Grady returns for Oklahoma's pro day: Tulsa World

Sooners Transitioning To No-Huddle Spread Attack: Crimson and Cream Machine

March 11, 2008

2008 OU Pro Day Results

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

OU holds annual Pro Day: Fourteen former Sooner players participated in the event along with a pair of former team members, Tommy Grady, who transferred to Utah, and wide receiver David Robinson, who finished his collegiate career at South Dakota. Neither Malcolm Kelly nor Reggie Smith participated. (SoonerSports PR)

Top 5
Vertical Jump:
Marcus Walker: 37.0
Allen Patrick: 36.0
D.J. Wolfe: 35.5
Darian Williams: 35.0
Lewis Baker: 33-0

Broad Jump:
Allen Patrick: 10-0
Marcus Walker: 10-0
Lewis Baker: 9-11
Joe Jon Finley: 9-10
Ian Pleasant: 9-9

40 Yard Dash:
D.J. Wolfe: 4.57, 4.57
Marcus Walker: 4.58, 4.55
Allen Patrick: 4.60, 4.55
Ian Pleasant: 4.63, 4.71
Curtis Lofton: 4.67, 4.67

Short Shuttle:
Marcus Walker: 4.17, 4.18
Lewis Baker: 4.22, 4.14
Joe Jon Finley: 4.24, 4.16
D.J. Wolfe: 4.24, 4.34
Allen Patrick: no time, 4.51

Three Cone:
Lewis Baker: 6.88
Marcus Walker: 7.08
Joe Jon Finley: 7.10
D.J. Wolfe: 7.16
Darien Williams: 7.20

Long Shuttle:
Lewis Baker: 11.22
Marcus Walker: 11.35
D.J. Wolfe: 11.68
Joe Jon Finley: 11.69
Darien Williams: 11.90

Bench Press reps at 225lb:
Steven Coleman - 21
Alonzo Dotson - 20
Tommy Grady - 18
Allen Patrick - 17
Lewis Baker - 16
Ian Pleasant - 16

More Coverage at

Related Post: Kelly and Smith Work Out Numbers

Related: Sooners at the NFL Scouting Combine

(3/11) OU Spring Football Articles and Notes

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

OU Pro Day Today:
The OU football program holds its annual pro day this morning at the Everest Indoor Training Center.. Results and measurements to be posted later today.

OU offense tries goes no-huddle:
OU coaches determined during the offseason that a quicker tempo was needed. So through three spring practices, the Sooners have worked extensively on installing a version of the no-huddle offense. "We're looking into doing that (exclusively)," offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson said Monday, "and if we feel it's going good, then we'll consider doing that. "We won't go to it if it's not a good deal." Wilson said head coach Bob Stoops and "defensive coaches" approached him after the Fiesta Bowl with the idea of speeding things up offensively. (Tulsa World)

March of Dimes to honor Coach Stoops: The March of Dimes will honor New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker and Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops during its 32nd annual Sports Headliner Banquet on Wednesday. The banquet will begin at 7 p.m. at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63. Tickets are $100 per person. Tables for groups start at $500. For more ticket information, call the March of Dimes office at (405) 943-1025 or go to (The Oklahoman)

Signee charged with felonies in gun case: Tulsa World

Stolen Gun Should Cost Jarboe Scholarship: Crimson and Cream Machine

March 10, 2008

Details of Jarboe Arrest Released

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Police report in Josh Jarboe arrest released: According to the police report, Dekalb assistant principal Karl Moton asked one of the school's police officers last Thursday to search [Josh] Jarboe, [James] Davis and their vehicle, a yellow Geo Storm, after watching Jarboe pull a black and silver hand gun out from underneath a spare tire cover in the back of the car. Jarboe then stuffed the gun in the waistband of his pants, police said. When he saw police officer J.P. Brooks approaching, Jarboe tried to hide the gun underneath the driver's seat of the car, where the gun was eventually found, police said. The gun -- a. 380 cal. automatic pistol -- was loaded, police said. A serial number check revealed that the pistol was stolen out of nearby Clayton County, according to police. (The Oklahoman)

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(3/10) OU Spring Football Articles and notes

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Title changes for co-
coordinators: Jay Norvell was hired as OU's co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach. But his title at OU has changed to "assistant offensive coordinator." Likewise, Bobby Jack Wright's title has changed from co-defensive coordinator to "assistant defensive coordinator." The change is in title only -- everyone's jobs have remained the same. The reason for the alteration was to keep the titles "defined" for OU's primary coordinators -- offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson and defensive coordinator Brent Venables. (The Oklahoman)

Sooners at linebacker: The first two spring practices had junior-to-be Ryan Reynolds replacing Curtis Lofton at middle linebacker. Taking Reynolds' place on the weak side is redshirt freshman Austin Box, and stepping in for departed senior Lewis Baker is converted safety Keenan Clayton. Their backups are Brandon Crow in the middle, Travis Lewis at weakside and Lamont Robinson at strongside. (Tulsa World)

Clayton on the switch to linebacker: Telling The Oklahoman... "I was kind of blindsided by the switch," [Keenan] Clayton said. "But coach Venables knows what he's doing. "I feel real good, real natural here." (The Oklahoman)

Coaches say Bradford is better: Tulsa World

March 9, 2008

(3/9) OU Spring Football Articles and Notes

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Holmes to practice at free safety and corner: Coach Bob Stoops said Holmes will practice this spring at cornerback and free safety, and by the fall will probably settle in the spot he's needed at the most. "He can do either. That will depend on who we get the best play from in the other guys," Stoops said. "I think Lendy has the unusual ability to be solid at corner or safety. He's been that way for us. He's played really well for us at both positions. That's been a plus for us that he has the ability to do either one. We'll just see how these other guys come along." At the moment, OU has Dominique Franks, Brian Jackson, Jamell Fleming and Jonathan Nelson competing for the two vacant starting spots at cornerback, with Holmes playing free safety, defensive coordinator Brent Venables said Friday. (The Oklahoman)

Defensive rebuilding key to Sooners' spring:

OU Football Q&A: The Oklahoman

Spring football Q&A with Quentin Chaney: The Oklahoman

Madu gets chance to prove himself: The Oklahoman

Sooner signee arrested: Tulsa World

March 8, 2008

Stoops Reaction to Arrest

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Stoops aware of Josh Jarboe's arrest; offers no comment: Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops is aware of Jarboe's arrest but has no comment, according to Kenny Mossman, a senior associate athletics director for communications at Oklahoma. "He isn't going to make a public comment until the matter moves further along, and then only if it's necessary,'' Mossman said . "For now, the best thing to say is that he has knowledge of it and is monitoring it. ... I don't know if he's spoken to [Jarboe].'' In addition to the felony charges, Jarboe also could face expulsion from school under DeKalb schools policy. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

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'08 signee Josh Jarboe arrested

March 7, 2008

OU Recruit Arrested

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

'08 signee Josh Jarboe arrested: Oklahoma Sooners signee Josh Jarboe was arrested Thursday evening for receiving stolen property and having a weapon on school property -- both felony charges for one of the nation's top college recruits. Online jail records show Jarboe, 18, was booked into the DeKalb County Jail along with 17-year-old James Davis, who was charged with the same two counts. Both were arrested by DeKalb school system police officers. The school system has not released any information about the arrests or about the two young men. Jarboe, a standout wide receiver from Cedar Grove High School, is ranked by as the 10th-best wide receiver nationally in the Class of 2008. He committed last month to play for Oklahoma, choosing the Sooners over Florida, Georgia and LSU. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

DeMarco Murray Expected Back in June

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Backup center Hughey likely to leave the team: OU backup center Noah Hughey is not participating in spring drills and doesn't plan to rejoin the team, his parents said Thursday. Hughey, of El Reno, is on schedule to graduate from OU in three years this summer and wants to pursue a career writing movie screenplays. Hughey has also been battling a broken wrist for the last three months, which has forced him to wear and play with a cast. Hughey will probably have to wear the cast for another three months before he can take it off, which has played a part in his decision. "He loves the coaches, loves the players and he loves OU," said his father, Bill Hughey. "The coaches have kept the door wide open for him. They've told him he can come back if he wants to." (The Oklahoman)

Murray rehab "going well": Even though he'll miss spring drills, OU running back DeMarco Murray won't be out much longer. The rising sophomore said the rehabilitation of a dislocated kneecap is "going well" and that he expects to be back working out with the team by June. Murray said he's been doing a similar rehab program as wide receiver Adron Tennell, who tore his ACL.(The Oklahoman)

OU Completes Winter Conditioning:

Sooners land new commit: The Oklahoman

Who will step in for Oklahoma's "Big Three?":

Big 12 spring football preview:

March 6, 2008

Texas RB Commits to OU

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Jonathon Miller third '09 verbal commitment: Jonathon Miller, a 6-foot-0, 180-pound running back from Namaan Forest High in Garland, Texas was receiving plenty of interest form schools nationwide, but he pulled the trigger with a commitment to Oklahoma this afternoon. "I have offers from Kansas, Arizona, and Oklahoma," Miller said. "But I just committed to Oklahoma today. I just like their program and I wanted to stay close to home." (Sooners Illustrated)

Related: Oklahoma Sooners Recruiting

(3/6) OU Spring Football Articles and Notes

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

True Freshmen join spring practice: Three true freshmen -- QB Landry Jones, OL Britt Mitchell and RB Justin Johnson -- joined wide receivers coach Jay Norvell in their first practice as Sooners. (

Sooners day off: OU football team resumes spring practice and drills Friday, March 7.

This time, Norvell plans to stay awhile: The Oklahoman

OU Practice Report March 5: TV

March 5, 2008

(3/5) OU Spring Football Articles and Notes

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Injuries create opportunities on defense:
At outside linebacker, that should include converted safety Keenan Clayton as well as redshirt freshmen Austin Box and Travis Lewis. Both Clayton and Box strong impressions during winter workouts. "Keenan Clayton, he and Austin Box have had great winters," Stoops said. "Keenan has been around here for several years now and we've been using him at that weak-side position. We're hoping Keenan can really make a difference. He has the ability to." (The Oklahoman)

OU's kicker to be determined: The Sooners also are looking to replace kicker Garrett Hartley. Redshirt freshmen Jimmy Stevens and Matthew Moreland will handle the chores in the coming weeks. Incoming freshman Tress Way will join the battle in the fall. (Norman Transcript)

Granger and Holmes to participate in spring practice: Despite being held out of the Fiesta Bowl for different reasons, defensive back Lendy Holmes and defensive tackle DeMarcus Granger will both participate in spring drills. Holmes didn't make the trip to Arizona after failing to stay academically eligible. But he has since made himself eligible to practice with the team again. Granger was arrested in Tempe, Ariz., accused of shoplifting. He was sent home the next day. (The Oklahoman)

Reminder Red/White tickets on sale today:
The game is set for April 12 with a tentative kickoff time of 1 p.m. The tickets are $5 in advance or $10 the day of the game and will be available online, in person at the Athletics Ticket Office on the plaza level of the Asp Avenue Parking Facility or by phone at 405-325-2424 or 800-456-GoOU.

Stoops on former LB Mike Reed: Stoops commented Tuesday on linebacker Mike Reed no longer being on the team. "I'm never specific on things that aren't positive," Stoops said. "In the end, there are too many team-related and academic-related activities that are not being met. So therefore, he is not going to be with us during the spring and he will seek other opportunities at the end of the semester." Last season, Reed struggled financially to support his wife and kids, while playing football and attending classes all at the same time. When his wife was hospitalized last October, Reed began missing practice and workouts to care for her and their two children. Reed has not yet commented on what his plans might be. (The Oklahoman)

Hope springs for OU: Tulsa World

Stoops talks about OU's upcoming spring football practice: Tulsa World

Sooners have several holes to fill: Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Stoops Spring Football Quotes

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Bob Stoops' opening spring press conference quotes: From

On QB Sam Bradford's development:
"He had an amazing year. All you have to do is compare his statistics to the All-Americans or offensive players of the year in our league and he is there. Everything we have asked him to do he has been exceptional, so I think you have to be careful that he doesn't go out there and try to be superman. That is not what we ask our guys to do. We rely on everybody; do your job, do what you're asked to do, direct in a positive way. I think with another year under his belt he will be more of a leader vocally. He was a great leader in his actions last year, but now with more experience I think more of that will come."

On building depth at running back:
"There is a perfect chance to build depth with Mossis Madu and Justin Johnson. They will get the bulk of it; we will give Matt Clapp some back there as well. But those guys have not played much at all and it will be a great opportunity. We already know what the other guys can do, so it is perfect."

On how the Fiesta Bowl loss affects spring practice:
"Each year is a new team. I've never seen one year tie to the next. We have won the National Championship before and it didn't have anything to with the next year and we have lost in it and it didn't have anything to do with the next year. Each year is a different team, with different players. In the end you have to go at it again. I will say we have been pretty consistent in going after the Big 12 Championship and we look to do that again next year. Hopefully, we can finish the year a little bit better."

On Asst. Offensive Coordinator/WR Coach Jay Norvell:
"Jay has a lot of excellent experience that I am excited about. He is a very positive, team-oriented guy who is incredibly competitive and passionate about the game. That is something I love about all the assistant coaches. I am excited about all of that combined with an excellent knowledge of offense. Just look at where he has been with UCLA and Nebraska and before that."

March 3, 2008

Red/White Tickets Go On Sale Wednesday

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

OU Red/White tickets on sale Wednesday: Tickets for Oklahoma's Red/White Spring Football Game will go on sale to the public on Wednesday, March 5. The game is set for April 12 with a tentative kickoff time of 1 p.m. The tickets are $5 in advance or $10 the day of the game and will be available online, in person at the Athletics Ticket Office on the plaza level of the Asp Avenue Parking Facility or by phone at 405-325-2424 or 800-456-GoOU. Children 5 and under are admitted free of charge, as are all OU students with a valid student ID. All Spring Game seating will be general admission. (SoonerSports PR)

Mike Reed Confirmed Off the Team

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

MLB Mike Reed off the team? OU linebacker Mike Reed is no longer listed on the Sooners' online roster. No official announcement has been made that Reed is off the team, although a clarification could be coming Tuesday, when Stoops is expected to meet with reporters. Last year, Reed arrived in Norman as a five-star junior-college recruit, but never made an impact on the field and was passed on the depth chart by Curtis Lofton, who eventually became the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. (The Oklahoman)
UPDATE: Confirmed:
The OU sports information office confirmed Monday morning that Reed is no longer on the Sooner football team. The junior-college middle linebacker came to Norman with much fanfare as the top prospect out of the 2007 recruiting class. (The Oklahoman)

Previous Post: Reed out due to personal matters

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Open competition: The Oklahoman

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March 2, 2008

(3/2) OU Football Articles

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

OU Football Q&A: The Oklahoman

Five to watch: The Oklahoman

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