Coach Stoops was very candid with the fans, talking about the difficulty in changing the mindset of the players that were there when he took over and what he thought of the APR system.
Coach Stoops is still high on guys like Willie Tuitama and Chris Henry. He feels Tuitama is a "special" quarterback and that Henry, while not a natural running back, has all the tools to be big time.
At wide receiver he really felt like Mike Thomas and Syndric Steptoe were going to be factors, but that they needed some outside receiving help.
"I hope Terrell Reece and DeLashaun Dean can pick it up like Mike Thomas did," Stoops said.
Stoops went on to say that wide receiver, along with running back, may be the two easiest positions to play as a true freshman. He felt that offensive line, linebacker and defensive back were the toughest.
A number of incoming freshmen can play on either side of the ball and Stoops said the challenge would be to balance making the players happy and helping the team.
On the defensive end, Stoops had high praise for Lionel Dotson, Johnathan Turner and Jason Parker on the defensive end. He expressed some concern for the DE due to Marcus Smith's slow recovery from his injury last season, but overall he seemed quite pleased.
"Our d-line will be much improved," Stoops said.
He was also thrilled with the three young defensive ends that the Wildcats signed for next fall.
"We signed three really great young defensive ends," said Stoops.
As of now the staff will turn to Kyle McQuown to handle the punting duties, but won't hesitate to turn to Nick Folk if needed. He also noted that they have confidence in Folk from 55-yards, maybe more with a wind behind him.
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