Take 3: Back to business for Sooners

It's back to the grind for OU, who will be doing so about as healthy as you can be in November.

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. 8: at Iowa State (2-5, 0-4)

Take No. 1: OU as healthy as can be heading into November

It gets repeated like a broken record every season about how bye weeks come at just the right time for players to rest up and get healthy.

But it does feel like that has been the case for the Sooners as OU is going to be as close to full strength as possible heading into the final five games of the season.

Stoops said Monday running back Keith Ford is expected to practice Monday. The sophomore hasn’t seen action since OU’s victory against Tennessee on Sept. 13.

Good news also with defensive lineman Charles Walker, who is also expected to practice this week. The redshirt freshman hasn’t played since the season opener.

Quarterback Trevor Knight missed the first couple days of practice last week with an apparent shoulder injury, but Stoops said Knight was able to practice the last two days and should be good to go this weekend.

The only real injury as of this time is Derrick Woods as Stoops said he doesn’t believe Woods will be ready for action.

Take No. 2: Win, loss, irrelevant to OU preparation

OU played pretty well against Kansas State when you take away the turnovers and missed kicks. Obviously you can’t do that, though, but there were a lot of positive signs.

Does that make life any different for the coaching staff? Fans are obviously in an uproar at OU being 5-2, but do wins and losses really impact the way the coaches handle this business.

“It can’t be different,” Stoops said. “Got to go about our process the same whether you win or lose. Each week is its own business. Go back and look at what we can correct and what we can improve on.”

Take No. 3: Young guys stepping up

With the position of the bye week, it wouldn’t be too shocking to see some guys make that leap into playing a more pivotal role for the team.

Wide receiver Michiah Quick and defensive back Steven Parker were both mentioned by Stoops as guys that are starting to find their way. And in a much different manner, so, too, is quarterback Cody Thomas.

“It can change things to a degree,” said Stoops about the way Thomas handled his limited opportunities. “That was really pleasing to see Cody being so poised. He looked good the few days when Trevor was out (last week).”

Stoops said he expects Quick and Parker to play even more here down the stretch.


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