Every Monday during the Oklahoma football season, head coach Bob Stoops has a press conference. Sooners Illustrated is there live every week to give you the three most important things from the event.
Game 6: at Kansas State
Take No. 1: Future unknown
If you asked the magic eight ball about the 2015 Sooners, it would have to say unknown or unclear. There really is no way to know how this team is going to bounce back after the rough 24-17 upset loss to rival Texas.
It’s a case of ‘we’ll see’ as it pertains to a number of things. Improvement of offensive line? We’ll see. Samaje Perine getting more touches? We’ll see. Team bouncing back as it has in the past after tough losses? We’ll see.
This sounds like a week where Stoops has his answers on what he believes the team will do but has no idea of how the team will actually responds going forward. No easy answers to all the tough questions this group is being presented with right now.
Take No. 2: Bond status unclear heading into the week
One major component missing from the OU defense against the Longhorns was outside linebacker Devante Bond.
Bond, injured in the second half two weeks ago, didn’t play at all against Texas. Instead, it was senior linebacker P.L. Lindley who got the nod.
Stoops said he was happy with the way Lindley played, but it wasn’t a ringing endorsement. Stoops said Lindley didn’t make any big plays, but he didn’t hurt the team, either.
We’ll see was once again uttered in response to the status of Bond. Obviously the Sooners need to evaluate how Bond responds to practice during the week before making a judgment call on if he’ll be ready to roll in Manhattan.
OU is at its best when Eric Striker and Bond are on the field. Texas was a game that would have allowed that to happen, and Bond’s presence was missed in a major way.
Take No. 3: Communication not a problem for OU, says Stoops
One big thing that showed up once again was personnel problems. Twice the Sooners had to take timeouts coming off a timeout. Stoops, though, said it had nothing to do with communication and went as far to say if you think communication was an issue, you’re wrong.
“Communication has been great,” Stoops said.
Mike Stoops said after the game he saw the Tyrone Swoopes touchdown pass coming but couldn’t get the call relayed in time. Bob said Mike couldn’t have stopped that from happening because he wasn’t on the field.
As has been the case the last couple of seasons, it’s all about execution, said Stoops.