Take 3: TCU provides strong test

Not a lot to talk about after a bye, but Stoops did offer insight on a couple of things.

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 5: at No. 25 TCU

Take No. 1: Clearing up the injury report

Bye week allows for some of those nagging injuries to go away but nothing can really be done for anything serious.

When talking injuries, only three names were mentioned by Stoops with running back Keith Ford and defensive linemen Charles Walker and Matt Dimon.

Ford is still out with a fractured fibula, while Walker also has a leg injury. Dimon has missed the last three games with an elbow injury.

The good news is guys like Zack Sanchez and Jordan Phillips used the week to get healthy. Sanchez said he’s as healthy he has been with his shoulder since the Tulsa game when the injury first occurred.

Take No. 2: TCU’s offense much improved

It’s no secret how stout the Horned Frogs defense has been under Gary Patterson, but TCU has added a more explosive offense this season.

“The biggest difference is they’re spreading the ball out more,” Stoops said. “They’re using a system that resembles more like Texas Tech and Oklahoma State. They’re executing well and using a bunch of players.”

Leading that charge has been quarterback Trevone Boykin, who seems to finally have his feet settled this season with no more distractions.

The improvement in offense hasn’t taken away from the prowess of the defense as the Horned Frogs have been as solid as ever in the first three games this season.

Take No. 3: Recruiting opportunity for OU next two weeks

The second week of October is always a big chance for OU with recruiting in the Dallas area because of the annual showdown against Texas.

But this week OU gets to head to the area in back-to-back weeks and make as big of an impression as it can on those recruits in that area.

Stoops said the Dallas area has always been a strong recruiting base for OU and hopes it will always be that way.

OU has three commits from the Dallas area right now with offensive linemen Bobby Evans (Allen) and Dominique Hearne (Lancaster) and defensive lineman Kenneth Mann (Burleson).

Stoops said every single one of OU’s coaches has a responsibility of some sort in the greater Dallas Metroplex area.

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