The Oklahoma football team worked for close to two-and-a-half hours Monday evening in shorts, helmets and shoulder pads. Once again the Sooners stressed assignment and fundamental football, as it's easy to tell the OU coaches are beginning to stress perfection more and more.
Jammal Brown did indeed move from defensive tackle to offensive line. He worked at offensive guard throughout practice and Offensive Coordinator Mark Mangino was giving Brown a crash course on fundamentals in the offensive line.
Brown seemed in great spirits and said he was the one that requested the move to help a sore right knee. Head Coach Bob Stoops, Mangino and Brown all said that the move wasn't necessarily permanent and that Brown could move back to defensive tackle if he wanted to.
Brown struggled in offensive line drills, but that is to be expected since he has never played in the offensive line. Brown played a little tight end in high school.
"We have moved Jammal to offensive line to see how he looks over there," said OU Head Coach Bob Stoops. "We can always move him back to defense and that is a possibility. However, right now we want to take a look at Jammal on offense and see how things go. He is an excellent athlete and we want to find the right place for him."
Moving Brown, Chris Bush and Brett Rayl to the offensive line was made because of the Sooners' lack of depth in the offensive line. However, both Stoops and Mangino both stated that they were confident in the Sooners' depth in the offensive line before the moves and that the moves were made to try to put those three individuals in the best position to help the football team.
However, it's obvious that moving over three outstanding athletes to the offensive Mangino a fresh group of young talents they he didn't have before.
Sophomore linebacker Teddy Lehman did not want to wear 'Boz's' old number and switched for the second time today, this time to No. 11.
With Brown moving to offense that opens the door for true freshman Dusty Dvoracek to break into the defensive tackle rotation. Junior Juan Prishker continues to work on the side with a sore lower back and his status for the Sooners opening game is up in the air. If OU and North Carolina lined up today true freshman Tommie Harris and Kory Klein would be the starting defensive tackles with Bary Holleyman and Dvoracek rotating with them. If Prishker comes back then Dvoracek might be able to redshirt. However, a bad back has bothered Prishker since he has been at OU. When healthy he is an outstanding talent, but if he can't go then Dvoracek will get playing time as a freshman. Dvoracek is big and strong and has been impressive in camp.
Vince Carter continues to work as the starting center, but Josh Smith is only a couple of days away from rejoining the squad. Smith has missed four days with a concussion, but he said today that his medical exam showed he was in good health and he may be back for Wednesday's scrimmage. Howard Duncan also worked at center while Cliff Takawana worked at left guard along with Brown. Carter has made great strides and it will be interesting to see who starts when Smith returns.
Walk-on Brian Hodges continues to work in with the first and second unit at free safety. Hodges has impressed the Sooner coaches and despite the fact that Brandon Everage has returned, Hodges continues to get reps and it looks he will be a factor this upcoming season.
Junior quarterback Nate Hybl impresses me more and more every day with his guts and determination. Hybl has been struggling with the flu since Saturday night, but he has not missed a snap and looked excellent during Monday's drills.
The scout team defense, made up mostly of defenders from 2001 recruiting class won a break from running wind sprints as they were able to stop Hybl and the first unit from scoring during the last two minute drill. Hybl barely overthrew a wide open Mark Clayton deep on a post, threw one ball away and was almost intercepted over the middle. On fourth down, Hybl went for Clayton deep in the corner of the end zone, but freshman cornerback Eric Bassey recovered to knock the ball down in the end zone.
Brown goes through first workout on offense
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