There was a general notion that it was finally the start of the regular season.
If that’s the case, the season started with a loud thwack – the kind that came from safety Hatari Byrd’s pads when he hit running back David Smith running a pass pattern.
“It’s football time again,” Knight said.
Linebacker Devante Bond was the only player who wasn’t in full pads.
The practice was capped with coach Bob Stoops and Oklahoma president David Boren participating in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
“It was awful hot, so it did feel real good,” Stoops said.
Knight connected with Durron Neal on multiple occasions and spent time in the backfield with all three running backs considered at the top of the depth chart – Samaje Perine, Alex Ross and Keith Ford.
“All the running backs want to get more carries, honestly, just playing time and wanting to see the field, do what they can do and show the world what they can do,” Ford said. “Everybody has the same mentality. We’re all good. We’re all five stars. We were all big recruits. We can all play.”
The defense probably made the biggest statement, with Byrd’s hit, a pair of interceptions and forced drops. Multiple plays were called short because of a stout quarterback rush, and the secondary was surprisingly tight.
--Stoops said this is the healthiest camp Oklahoma has ever had.
--Defensive tackle Jordan Phillips said he was pain free and feels like he can play at a high level. “It took a real long time. It too took long to be honest. I’m ready to get back out there.”
--Ford said he was ready to be the team’s No. 1 running back but that he and Ross are still competing every day.
--Blake Bell, who intends to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Thursday night, said camp went about as he expected after a blocking wake-up call from Charles Tapper, his first one-on-one matchup during camp.