Stoops to announce QB late this week

OU coach Bob Stoops didn't announce a starting QB, but he gave some insight as to when a decision will be made.

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops has been pretty consistent regarding the quarterback situation. Whenever he feels 100 percent ready to announce the starter, he is going to do so.

Stoops still wasn't ready Monday evening, but he did give an insight as to when he might name a starter between redshirt freshman Trevor Knight and junior Blake Bell.

Stoops said he's not waiting for anything in particular but said he would like to see a few more practices and then name a guy Thursday or Friday.

OU has begun its preparation for Louisiana Monroe, and the quarterback situation will only further clear everything up for the Sooners.

Sophomore offensive lineman Ty Darlington, Knight's roommate, said Knight has handled the process with class the whole way.

"All he has done is play the best he can and not worry about anything else," Darlington said. "I think they've both handled everything well."

Russell ready to go

The other lingering question this summer has been the status of junior college signee defensive tackle Quincy Russell. He officially arrived on campus last week and has been practicing with the team.

Russell will be allowed to wear full pads for the first time Tuesday.

"I'm excited to practice against him," senior center Gabe Ikard said. "He definitely looks good, and it's great to add depth to the line."

Stoops said Russell has come to camp with a good attitude and has been able to pick up things well in his first couple of days. He said there is no reason why Russell wouldn't be ready for OU's season opener in two weeks.

"He's a strong, powerful guy," Stoops said. "There's no question he'll be ready."

OU healthy this time around

The first few weeks of camp always generate a lot of injuries but that hasn't really been the case this time around, Stoops said.

Quarterback Kendal Thompson is still on pace to fully recover from his fractured foot. Freshman defensive end D.J. Ward, who had his spleen removed Tuesday, was walking around at practice Monday. Sophomore defensive end Michael Onuoha is recovering well from his shoulder operation.

Wide receiver Trey Metoyer returned to practice Monday, and Stoops said he made a couple of nice catches. Metoyer was out with a sprained right foot.


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