Coaches demand perfection in final preparations

The Oklahoma football team returned to the practice fields for the first time since Saturday's scrimmage and went through one of the most intense workouts of the fall under the most humid conditions thus far during two-a-days.

It was clear that the Sooner coaches were more vocal today as far as players learning their assignments and the coaches demanding perfection from them on each and every play.

"We are a week into two-a-days now so we want to see players do their proper assignments," said a sweat-drenched Bob Stoops after Monday mornings practice.

"We want to see our players handle their assignments, not have as many breakdowns and to be able to handle their assignments against the different types of defenses and offenses thrown against them. We want to see them handle their situations better because we're a away from getting into our game week preparations."

Quarterbacks Nate Hybl and Jason White continued to split time with the first team during practice with Nate Hybl being the first quarterback to work with the first team during the team skelly drills.

On the defensive side of the ball true freshman Tommie Harris returned to practice after suffering a minor injury during Saturday's scrimmage.

Harris is still running with the first team defense and OU Defensive Line Coach Jackie Shipp continues to ride the freshman sensation by not giving him the opportunity to let up before the first game arrives.

For the second workout in a row junior wide receiver Andre Woolfolk did not work at cornerback with the defense meaning that the door could be opening for redshirt freshman Antonio Perkins to take the other starting CB spot opposite Derrick Strait.

Washington transfer Quentin Morgan moved from wide receiver to defensive back last week and is beginning to make a push for playing time earning a spot on the second team in nickel situations.

Speaking of defenses backs, another former receiver moved to cornerback, Jarvis Smith, has impressed the OU coaches over the past three days intercepting Nate Hybl in Saturday's scrimmage and picking off another pass this morning in practice.

Scrimmage rewind
Overall, Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops was pleased with effort during Saturday's scrimmage saying that it wasn't as bad as they thought, or as good as they thought.

"The scrimmage looked about like we thought. For the most part I think they played pretty well. I'm not dissappointed with it."

"I thought on offense our running backs looked great, all of them. And I was impressed with our quarterbacks too. Our qb's are playing well. The o-line did a good job. And our wide receivers did fine but I think they can do better."

Oklahoma's defense managed to get praise from the Sooner coach depite the fact that starters Rocky Calmus, Brandon Everage, Jimmy Wilkerson and Tommie Harris were either held out, injured coming into the scrimamge or injured during the scrimmage.

"Our first unit on defense played well despite the fact we had several key players out. But because those players were out it hurt our two's and three's. We just need to get those players more reps and some more time to play in our system.
Trading places
Monday mornings practice was the first for two freshman on the offensive line. H-back Chris Bush and defensive lineman Brent Rayl were both moved to the o-line for this mornings practice.

"We talked to Chris about it and he wants to move. He weights 270 pounds and he's just outgrown his position," said Stoops on the decision to move Bush.

Stoops also commented that he thought Rayl was better suited for the offensive line and should become a 300 pound player at the position for OU.

Numbers game Sophomore linebacker Teddy Lehman switched numbers from No. 54 instead to No. 44. and apparently has nothing to do with another former Sooner great who wore No. 44 back in the mid 80's.

"We run a lot of fakes and I've got to have a guy there with a number that can carry the ball," said Stoops.

Lehman is ticketed to replace the graduated Seth Littrell as the Sooners' up-back on punt situations and the number change will allow him to not have to report as an eligible ball carrier in fake situations.

And after making the move from d-line to o-line Brent Rayl is now No. 59 and Chris Bush is No. 52.

It looks more and more like walk-on safety Brian Hodges will play more in the Sooner defensive backfield as a backup and switched his jersey to No. 16 to avoid having a duplicate number.

Injury Report Brandon Everage, Rocky Calmus, Jimmy Wilkerson, Tommie Harris, Josh Norman and Jeff Ferguson all returned to practice this morning after missing practices for various reasons and injuries last week.

Defensive lineman Juan Prishker was held out of practice again with a bad back along with center Josh Smith.

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