NORMAN, Okla. — After taking a day off, the Sooners returned to practice Friday for a two hour and 15 minute workout. It was the first practice of the spring for the Sooners inside the new indoor practice facility and it provided the warmth and protection from the wind that the team needed to get everything accomplished.
All four quarterbacks got work in as usual. Paul Thompson looked the most comfortable of the four in the pocket throughout the practice. His performance was highlighted by a deep pass thrown on the money to Brandon Jones, who has impressed lately with his size and speed.
Noah Allen struggled a little bit in the early going but settled in as the practice wore on. He had a few overthrown balls, but a few short passes were also dropped.
Jason White looked sharp in his second full contact practice. His touch passes in the flat were on target and he showed good mobility getting out of the pocket in pressure situations.
Brent Rawls played better than his previous practice completing many passes across the middle. However, his pocket presence doesn't seem as strong as the other three quarterbacks.
At running back, Renaldo Works, Kejuan Jones, Donta Hickson, and Jerad Estus all got work in. Works struggled catching passes out of the backfield dropping two balls that were right in his hands. Jones, along with Hickson, had some nice runs, showing their quickness and agility. These three backs will most likely be looking for the starting job come fall.
OU would most likely want to have just one person stand out in order to keep defenses honest. In last years offense there was a sense of predictability with the running backs. If Kejuan was in it was most likely up the gut, but if Quentin was in it was probably going to be the draw.
"This season I'm going to be opened up to being able to run and not to just hit a hole," Jones said, "but anytime we need that one yard I'm going to want to get behind J.D. (Runnels) and get that one yard. This season, what we're focusing on as running backs is to make us all-around backs instead of putting in one guy for each situation."
"We're all competing for a top spot," Hickson said. "Coach told us right before spring ball started that he'd like to play one guy but if he has to play three like last year then he'll do that."
The OU defense played extremely well as always. The defensive line was quick off the snap and should be very deep heading into the season. Many passes were forced early and Dusty Dvoracek once again took an interception for a touchdown. After almost being stripped on his interception return on Wednesday, Dvoracek held off on the celebrations this time.
Said OU Head Coach Bob Stoops to Dvoracek, "You're not going to spike it? You should've thrown it into the stands."
The secondary looked substandard at times and Defensive Coordinator Mike Stoops was busy giving instructions to all the members of the defensive backfield.
Leonce Crump, who is a member of the OU Wrestling team, continues to practice and improve. Crump has moved from defensive end to tackle because of his great size.
"He's doing good. He's got a lot to learn, but he's working hard at it, contributing, and he shows signs of being pretty good," Stoops said.
Two recruits from the 2003 class were seen at practice. Offensive linemen Akim Millington and Brian Zimpel were present taking in practice.
The Sooners return to practice again on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. with a small scrimmage expected around 3:15 p.m.
PRACTICE REPORT: Sooners go indoors on Friday
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