OU, Stoops ready to start 2014

Back to work seems to be the theme this year for Oklahoma as Bob Stoops kicked off the season at media day.

A common theme was found throughout Oklahoma’s media day Saturday afternoon. The Sooners are ready to get back to work.

From the coaches to the players, the emphasis wasn’t what happened in 2013 but what’s to come in 2014. And what’s to come could be something special for the Sooners.

Here are some highlights from the first press conference from Bob Stoops for the season.

*Everybody is searching for that No. 2 wide receiver to join Sterling Shepard. Too early to say, but it looks like Durron Neal is off to a blazing start to his junior season.

“Durron has stuck out to me,” Stoops said. “He has made a lot of big plays and things are starting to come together.”

*That same search is happening at cornerback. Where one spot is locked down with Zack Sanchez, the other spot is wide open. Julian Wilson has stated his case through three days of practice.

“Julian Wilson looks great at corner,” Stoops said. He added OU recruited Wilson as a cornerback, and he’s showing why.

*Stoops declined to address the Joe Mixon issue, saying he won’t speak on it until it is resolved. And there’s still nothing new regarding linebacker Frank Shannon, who did take part in the Meet the Sooners Day in the morning.

But there was some news as Stoops said because of academic reasons, defensive lineman Michael Onuoha will not be with the team this season.

*There is no Blake Bell experiment. He’s going to be at tight end. He hasn’t thrown a pass yet in practice and there is no plan for him to do so.

But Stoops did offer this up regarding Bell.

“There’s a good chance of that,” said Stoops about Bell starting at tight end in four weeks.

*The news is all positive regarding Adam Shead and Jordan Phillips. Both are recovering from injuries. Stoops said the team hasn’t been shy about using Shead but is taking a more cautious approach with Phillips.

Instead of going all-out with Phllips, OU is bringing him along slowly. Stoops said they’re happy with his weight, but there’s no need to rush him back.

*Parting shot on the SEC?

“Get over it,” Stoops said. “Where am I lying?” was his answer when asked if he regrets anything he has said about the SEC in the last months.


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