Take 3: Stoops never discouraged

Team isn't where it wanted to be right now, but OU coach Bob Stoops isn't discouraged in Norman.

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. 10: at Texas Tech (3-6, 1-5)

Take No. 1: Knight’s status uncertain

The Sooners go into their biggest mental test of the season not sure if their quarterback is going to be joining them.

Stoops said he doesn’t know whether or not Trevor Knight is going to play Saturday against the Red Raiders.

“Trevor will not practice today,” Stoops said. “Won’t know his status until Tuesday or Wednesday.”

Knight was carted off the field with 11:11 left in the fourth quarter of OU’s loss to Baylor. It’s not a concussion problem is about the only thing Stoops would say Monday.

If it’s not Knight, then it will be the first career start for redshirt freshman Cody Thomas. And Stoops is OK with that.

“Very comfortable with Cody,” Stoops said. “Shown great poise, great comfort level. Shown the ability to throw it. I’ll feel good about him being out there.”

No matter what happens Blake Bell is going to get some reps at quarterback this week. Either as a precautionary thing or because Bell is going to be the backup to Thomas in Lubbock.

Take No. 2: Stoops not happy where team is at, either

It has been a rough couple of days in Norman regarding the football team. Nobody is happy with the Sooners being 6-3 and out of the race for any sort of championship.

That includes Stoops.

“Hate where we’re at, too,” Stoops said. “Very aware of what’s going on. There’s a sense of urgency to improve and get things corrected.”

Stoops said he wanted to clarify that he never said he didn’t care about the fans. He said what he was trying to say was he didn’t care about social media, doesn’t have time to worry about that type of stuff.

The fans, though, their support does mean a lot.

“Appreciate our fans big time,” Stoops said. “I’m aware of the expectations that we have been a part of creating here. Got to play better and coach better. I think our fan base is great.”

Stoops said the booing from the fans was unfortunate and realizes the boos were directed at the coaching staff. Regardless, the players are always going to be affected by that.

Take No. 3: Mayfield will play a role

This game has been talked about for a while because of OU quarterback Baker Mayfield. Of course last year Mayfield was playing for Texas Tech before transferring after the season.

Mayfield wasn’t ruled eligible by the NCAA earlier this season so all he is able to do is participate with the scout team.

“Baker has done an excellent job on scout team,” Stoops said. “All kinds of energy, throwing it great and doing everything well.”

Because he’s not eligible, Mayfield is not allowed to travel with the team. But Stoops said he believes Mayfield will make it down there some way or another.

Mayfield was on OU’s sidelines at TCU and Stoops said he doesn’t believe there is a restriction to Mayfield doing that again if he shows up in Lubbock.

Either way, he’ll be crucial this week in trying to scout the Red Raiders because of his time with the program last season.

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