Wrapping it up: OU spring game

Record crowd, notable recruits in attendance and more notes from OU's spring game.

Putting one final bow on what was the spring game for Oklahoma.

Players appreciate support

Entering the spring game, one question that loomed was whether or not the all-time record was going to be broken. The excitement in the program might be as high as it has been since winning the national championship.

That excitement is carrying over as a whopping 43,500 fans attended the spring game, breaking the 40,000 record that had stood for more than a decade.

Linebacker Eric Striker let everybody know how much he appreciated it by taking a bow after a sack of Trevor Knight in the second half.

"That was just my way of saying thanks, of showing my appreciation for all the fans coming out like that," Striker said.

OU was sort of an afterthought heading into the 2013 season. That won't be the case when the preseason polls are announced this summer. No reason to think OU won't be in the top five or at least the top 10 when they're revealed.

"Sure there is probably more excitement," coach Bob Stoops said. "You can naturally hear about that and feel it. I thought our athletic department, give them all the credit for putting this all together and making it a fun day. I obviously agreed to go along with it and it worked out really well. It doesn't change anything we are doing."

Hunnicutt still ‘Moneycutt'

Check and check regarding kicker Michael Hunnicutt. He nailed two field goals in the spring game. One of them was officially at 53 yards with a little help from the wind.

But he came right back with a 47-yarder into the wind that might have been even more impressive.

"Michael has been excellent all spring," Stoops said. "He has been great, and I think he was within an eyelash of being a first team All-American a year ago. In fact I know he was because I was on the voting deal listening to it. He is set to have a big year."

There's really no reason to practice kicking incredibly long field goals, said Stoops, but he said he trusts Hunnicutt to make the big kicks in a game situation and knows he has a strong leg.

Mixon, Quick back in Norman

The other big story had nothing to do with the guys on the field, but two signees watching from the stands.

Based on fan reaction, the unquestioned MVPs of OU's spring game were California products Joe Mixon and Michiah Quick.

Mixon, a five star running back, and Quick, a four-star wide receiver, signed with OU in February and were back on campus this weekend.

"This is amazing. I'm loving it," Mixon said. "I can't wait to come back here and get things going. Start working hard and doing whatever we need to win a championship."

Mixon and Quick were bombarded by fans throughout the pregame portion for autographs and pictures. They were two of several signees at the game as OU had more than 50 total recruits at the game.

No commitment was produced at the game itself, but the Sooners were able to get some big guns into town and received a little help from Mixon and Quick in trying to encourage those kids to come to OU.

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