Take 3: Ford out, Perine asked to do more

OU is going to have to win at West Virginia without running back Keith Ford, Stoops confirmed Monday.

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. 4: at West Virginia (2-1)

Take No. 1: Ford is out

Biggest news was addressed immediately as Stoops said sophomore running back Keith Ford is definitely going to miss this week’s game with a fractured fibula.

“That will be a week-to-week thing, always a little hard to tell depending on how it heals,” Stoops said.

It’s possible he’ll miss the TCU game Oct. 4, but he’s definitely out this week. For OU, the bye week next week is the best thing for guys like Ford and defensive lineman Charles Walker.

The absence of Ford is felt in a number of ways. Stoops inferred Alex Ross is going to get the start because he has the most experience, but it’s going to obviously mean an increased presence for freshman Samaje Perine.

Perine had a career-high 31-yard run as part of his 67-yard rushing performance last weekend.

“He’s a really bright young guy, and he’s playing really well,” Stoops said.

That also means somebody is going to step up as the third back and that will be either Daniel Brooks or David Smith depending on how things go this week.

Other injuries for OU include Walker and Matt Dimon both being out. Other than that, OU should be ready to roll into Morgantown.

Take No. 2: Defensive switch made for games like this

Nobody is going to forget what happened to OU two years against the Mountaineers, the 50-49 win that almost didn’t feel like a win.

Stoops said that single game didn’t impact the defensive change, but it’s tough to say that couldn’t have been the case. The move from the 4-3 to the 3-4 is essentially made for games like this.

“Part of it was,” Stoops said. “Part of it was it fit our personnel the best. It gives us more flexibility with what we’re doing.”

Stoops said now in year two of the defense, OU has really refined what it likes most about it and thinks it has a pretty good balance right now.

Take No. 3: Trickett is the real deal

After Stoops was done recapping the last week, the first name he mentioned was West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett.

With good reason, too. Even before Trickett’s performance last week, it’s obvious the strides he has made at the position. Add in last week, and no doubt OU won’t be caught looking ahead. Trickett was 37-of-49 passing for 511 yards and four touchdowns.

“Trickett has made a big difference in the way they’re playing,” Stoops said. “A large part of that (offensive improvement) is Trickett. He’s playing great. Poised in the pocket. Very few, if any, poor throws. Also feel a lot of their other personnel is good.”

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