Ross off to a good start for OU

OU had its first scrimmage Saturday, and it was a good day for redshirt freshman Alex Ross

It's a good problem to have if you're Oklahoma. The Sooners might, big qualifier there, might just have too many running backs.

OU enters the season with a trio of talented seniors in Brennan Clay, Roy Finch and Damien Williams. Add in running back/fullback/tight end Trey Millard, and that's a lot of balls to spread around.

But the talk following OU's scrimmage Saturday was on another running back, redshirt freshman Alex Ross. OU coach Bob Stoops praised Ross for the way he performed. It really won't come as a shock as long as Ross can stay healthy.

However, that's been a big if regarding Ross so far. Ever since he burst onto the scene and destroyed Oklahoma high school competition as a junior, it has been one little nagging injury after another.

When healthy, Ross brings that perfect blend of speed and power. He wears No. 28 in honor of Adrian Peterson, and he has the same upright running style that AD uses. That's not always a good thing, but it has worked for Ross so far.

OU had this same type of issue two years ago with the thought of there being too many cooks in the kitchen. That situation eventually worked itself out with Jermie Calhoun, Jonathan Miller and Brandon Williams all electing to leave the program.

Nobody will cry for OU, either, as the Sooners have arguably the top running back for the Class of 2013 in Keith Ford already making a huge impression through the first week of camp.

Other scrimmage notes

* OU offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said he was pleased with the work of quarterbacks Blake Bell and Trevor Knight, saying both are getting more comfortable. No starter has been named.

* Offensive guard Dionte Savage continues to turn heads. With his impressive physical size, don't be surprised if Savage can work his way into the rotation as a beast in the interior line.

* It was a good day for a couple of more Class of 2012 signees as cornerback Zack Sanchez and wide receivers Derrick Woods both fared well. It will be tough for either guy to crack the rotation so making the most out of their limited opportunities is huge.

* OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops wasn't too thrilled about his group's outing. He said there were a lot of mistakes so he's glad there are still a few more weeks until the season starts.

* A lot of veteran starters didn't play or didn't play that much during the scrimmage. OU is taking Sunday off and will return to practice Monday morning.


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