Ford, Shepard still in limbo for OU

OU coach Bob Stoops couldn't confirm that neither Keith Ford nor Sterling Shepard will be ready Saturday.

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said Monday he would update the conditions of running back Keith Ford and wide receiver Sterling Shepard if anything changed.

Stoops addressed the media one final time Wednesday evening with a bit of an update.

“Better,” said Stoops about Ford. “He’s closer. I still can’t say he’s where he needs to be, but he’s closer than he looked on gameday last Saturday. I knew after Thursday’s practice it wasn’t where it needed to be. He’s much closer here now though.”

Ford hasn’t played since Sept. 13 against Tennessee. Shepard, meanwhile, strained his groin on the first play of scrimmage last weekend.

“I haven’t seen much yet,” Stoops said. “We’ve just been bringing him along slowly as well. So don’t know yet.”

Stoops said Shepard will probably be a gametime decision.

The other point of conversation was another wide receiver, but this time it was Dorial Green-Beckham. Though he hasn’t played a down at OU, most NFL mock drafts, including the one by Scout’s Jamie Newberg, has DGB as a first-round choice.

“No, I’m not concerned,” Stoops said. “Why would I be concerned? If he does, he does. I’m always concerned that all of my players, including him, make an intelligent decision. All you have to do is go back the last two, three years and look at how accurate the mock drafts have been at this time of year.

“They’re about 20 percent. That’s been pointed out to my whole team, and he’s part of it. I don’t think they’re even 20 percent. Those guys have got no idea. That’s just pure entertainment.”

Stoops also confirmed OU will wear its alternate home jerseys for the first time Saturday against Baylor.


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