Every Monday afternoon during the football season OU coach Bob Stoops has his weekly press conference. Sooners Illustrated will give you the three most important things to take from the session.
Game No. 1: vs. Louisiana Tech
Take No. 1: Stoops done talking DGB, Shannon
Shannon, who was expected to be one of the leaders for OU’s defense, isn’t even in OU’s current depth chart, while his legal issues are still going on.
“At this point, nothing has changed,” Stoops said. “I have to proceed with the players I know are going to be available all year.”
When pressed more about the possibility of Shannon playing, Stoops said, “not going to say anything else regarding that.”
OU’s 2014 squad took a hit Friday when the NCAA denied the appeal of wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham.
Because Green-Beckham will be three years removed from high school after this season, there is some thought he will Norman to enter the NFL Draft.
But right now Stoops isn’t wanting to talk about that, either.
“That isn’t something that has been decided,” Stoops said. “Right now that sounds like that’s what he wants to do (return). Saw him a half hour ago on his way to class.”
No doubt OU had a much busier summer than anticipated, and Stoops is ready to put all that behind and look forward to the actual season.
Take No. 2: Quality freshmen emerging
Stoops usually isn’t somebody to say too much regarding the impact true freshmen can have. But it’s clear for the 2014 class there are definitely immediate impact makers within the group.
Stoops was quick to point out running back Samaje Perine, fullback Dimitri Flowers and wide receiver Michiah Quick on offense. Defensive backs Steven Parker and Jordan Thomas also got praise, while Stoops said Marcus Green is really close because of all the good things he is doing.
Quick, in addition to being a backup receiver, is also going to play a pretty big role on special teams. He’s not the No. 1 guy, but he’s set to be a factor at both punt returning and kick returning.
There are a lot of other guys who could see action as Stoops stressed about having everyone prepared and ready to play. But if OU is able to maintain its newfound depth it has this season, there won’t really be a necessity for guys like Justice Hansen, Mark Andrews, Jeffery Mead, etc. to burn their redshirt.
Stoops said the only reason Blake Bell took a few snaps at quarterback was because with Cody Thomas suffering a minor muscle strain, he doesn’t intend to burn Hansen’s redshirt this season. Stoops said Thomas should be 100 percent for practice Monday.
Take No. 3: OU health is good…for once
The injury report was short and basically non-existent heading into the first game. It has led to a lot of depth and a lot of reps.
“Healthiest we’ve ever been and the fewest guys we’ve had out of practice,” Stoops said. “Feel like we have more players that gotten the snaps necessary to play. We’re deeper overall as a team.”
And the direction for the offense is solid. No more juggling between Bell and Trevor Knight. With this being Knight’s team, everybody is on the same page.
The first chapter of this book is Saturday night.