Oklahoma returned to the practice fields this week and also addressed the media for the first time about football-related activities.
Here are some of the best quotes from the first week of practice.
Center Ty Darlington on how young the offensive line is:
“Sometimes I find myself coaching during a series and stuff and explaining stuff. We got some young guys. We got Jamal Danley at left guard right next to me. He’s a juco transfer, just got here. You got Alex Dalton, who’s a redshirt guy playing right guard. Have a lot of guys that haven’t been in the battles.
“But they’re eager to learn, love the attitude and effort. It’s all about paying more attention to detail. It doesn’t have to be perfect today. Not going to be perfect ever. But it’s about improving a little bit each day because we lost a lot last year.”
Running back Samaje Perine on how he doesn’t let the fame get to his head:
“Family and my girlfriend. It doesn’t happen much, but when I’m getting too high on myself, she’ll calm me down, keep me grounded.”
Defensive end Charles Tapper on DL leadership:
“I feel like me, I just had to take a leadership role and let these guys know that Big J might be gone. Chuka might be gone, but the D-line is still going to be dominant no matter what. That’s what we preach here, and that’s the tradition.”
“He’s like 242 now. I don’t know how he did it, honestly. He came back from break, and he’s 240. He’s strong as an ox. It’s a blessing. His grown man strength came in. We’re working hard and trying to get back to the top.”
Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops on outside linebackers:
“Devante Bond, Obo, Eric Striker are some of our best players. We’ve got to find where we can play them. They’re great rushers. They’re great off the edge. You give up some size with speed. There’s always a trade off there, so, again, finding our best 11. It’s going to vary from week to week, what we emphasize, and try to take away a team’s strength.”
Defensive back Steven Parker on if last year’s criticism was taken personally:
“We’ve taken this, basically, as we’re about to eat this offseason. The summer workouts and fall camp and stuff like that, as DBs, we were very disappointed in our pass defense. We really take full blame for that. This spring ball, we’re really trying to just buckle down and whoever plays… plays. We’re all trying to earn a position.”