Sooners Illustrated Take 3: Time for Texas

It's Texas week for the Sooners and Bob Stoops knows it will be another grind.

Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops has a weekly press conference every Monday afternoon of the football season.

Sooners Illustrated is there each and every week and brings you the three biggest developments from the event.

Game No. 5: vs. Texas (1-4)

Take No. 1: Stoops has never had cell phone policy

Heading into the Texas game, there is a lot of talk about cell phone policy after everything that happened with Longhorns freshman Kris Boyd retweeting a tweet about Texas A&M fans being ready for him and Malik Jefferson to transfer at halftime vs. TCU.

Stoops was asked about his cell phone policy regarding those matters. Seems like it has never ever really been an issue.

“I didn’t have one until this week,” Stoops said.

When receiver Sterling Shepard was asked what he thinks would happen if Stoops caught him tweeting at halftime, Shepard said he believes Stoops would snap his phone in half.

Stoops said that was a pretty fair assessment. Social media, of course, has become a major outlet in college football. Stoops has done his best to not get involved in it or set standards for his players.

The biggest thing Stoops stressed was as long as the info is personal info, he has no problem. Once it becomes attention about the team and what’s going on, there’s the issue.

"If you want to tell everyone you're at the grocery store picking up Twinkies, have at it,” Stoops said.

Take No. 2: Texas is 1-4 for a reason

This is the first time Texas enters the OU game with four losses. But according to Stoops, there’s a reason for that. Texas’ schedules looks better by the week.

Its four losses have come to ranked teams that are a combined 19-1.

“We’re very aware of the tough schedule for Texas,” Stoops said. “They’ve played the toughest schedule to this point of anybody in the country.”

The question, of course, is how much does the team have left? After back-to-back soul-crushing losses to California and Oklahoma State, the Longhorns looked dead in the water vs. TCU in the 50-7 contest.

Take No. 3: Stanvon Taylor lone injury to report

At least heading into the week, that’s what it looks like. Stoops said Taylor, who has been a big player on OU’s special teams the last two seasons, will be out.

The question looming is with guys like Jordan Thomas and Devante Bond. Thomas appeared to have maybe injured his shoulder on his second interception. And Bond injured his leg in the second half and didn’t play the fourth quarter.

If Bond is unable to go, Stoops is not too concerned because he knows the depth his team has. He mentioned Ogbonnia Okoronkwo as the guy who would be ready to step in.


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