Sooners living on edge during camp

Luck has allowed Oklahoma to find all of its answers during fall camp

For the next week, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops will be holding his breath, knocking on wood, throwing salt over his shoulder, crossing his fingers and jumping over every crack he encounters on the sidewalks of Norman. Anything he can do to no jinx his team on the eve of the 2014 regular season.

He’s been doing it a little already.

“Every time you’re snapping it, you’re just cringing,” Stoops said of the team’s scrimmages in the past two weeks. “We got through great. I felt like we had some good live work, physical work, without beating ourselves up.”

The first scrimmage Oklahoma had was 100 plays. The second was 85. Each time Trevor Knight or one of his back-ups escaped from under center, Stoops held his breathe, hoping a fluke injury wouldn’t tear his roster apart.

So far, so good. Only minor players have picked up minor injuries, with a few freak illnesses thrown in the mix.

As a result, Stoops has started to see everything he could have wanted from his team out of camp.

“Julian at corner is really good.”

Steven Parker and Ahmad Thomas and Hatari Byrd, all those guys are going to play in different roles at different times.”

Jordan Smallwood is making plays.”

Durron Neal continues to improve.”

K.J. Young is making some nice plays.”

“The pieces that we’ve been looking for, I think are coming together.”

Where the Sooners have had the most luck thus far is on the offensive line. Senior right tackle Daryl Williams said he is used to having just five to seven linemen as far as depth is concerned. This year, they have more than 10.

“They’re mature. They’re strong. They’re physical,” co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said. “They play cohesively as a unit, and do a great job of communicating. Even with the interchangeable parts, especially on the inside, we need to ride those guys. They have to take us to where we want to go.”

Heupel said that Oklahoma still isn’t ready for its first game – less than two weeks from now against Louisiana Tech.

“There’s a lot of things you have to clean up before game day,” co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said. “Our kids need to have a sense of urgency the rest of this week and obviously next week as we start to prepare for Louisiana Tech. We’ve got a lot of work to do yet.”

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