Take 3: Stoops appreciates fan support

OU coach Bob Stoops was back addressing the media 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.

Bye No. 3

Take No. 1: Stoops compliments fans

Even before Stoops started talking about running back Samaje Perine, he talked about the Oklahoma fans who braved the elements to watch the history making event.

He mentioned it after the game Saturday as well, but you can tell he really wants it to hit home how much it meant to the team for the fans that showed up in the constant downpour rain throughout the game.

“They were really participating,” Stoops said. “The players had a lot of energy and were excited and ready to play.”

To that extent, Stoops sort of lobbied for a non-11 a.m. home kickoff for senior day next weekend against Oklahoma State.

That time is one of three options for the Big 12 to select with the choice coming either late Saturday or early Sunday morning. OU’s last three home games have been at 11 a.m.

Stoops isn’t happy about that, and OU fans have voiced their gripes as well. He doesn’t want all night games, either. All he’s asking for is some variety.

“Have some respect for our fans to not have the same time all the time,” Stoops said.

Take No. 2: Don’t forget about the defense

Tough to talk defense after a game like that by Samaje Perine, but the OU defense didn’t allow KU to score a point and limited the Jayhawks to just 103 total yards of offense.

Stoops said the entire defense was recognized with a special mention going to linebacker Eric Striker, who was phenomenal against KU.

Stoops also said the secondary played really well. When safety Quentin Hayes left the game in the first quarter with an ankle injury, it meant OU’s secondary was full of players either sophomores or younger.

It was also a great day for linebacker Devante Bond in his first start. Stoops said he has been excited about what Geneo Grissom has done for OU, but the coaches are just as pumped about what Bond can do in the future.

Take No. 3: Knight not practicing this week

Stoops wouldn’t say Cody Thomas is the starting quarterback for Bedlam, but he did say Trevor Knight will not practice this week.

Stoops said Knight’s situation will be reassessed next Monday and any reports stating otherwise is pure speculation. All signs point toward Thomas getting the call, though.

“Missing that amount of time – that’s hard to overcome,” Stoops said. “If he can’t play, we’re very confident in Cody.”

Thomas has had an interesting two starts at quarterback, dealing with wind one week and rain the other. Stoops isn’t discouraged at all in how he has played, and OU is 2-0 with Thomas starting.

Blake Bell, who missed Saturday’s game, should be back for Bedlam as well if needed at backup quarterback.


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