Is an off-hand comment made by Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops about a walk-on looking good really news on a day like signing day? When the walk-on is Dalton Wood, you bet it is.
Wood, a former three-star recruit for the 2015 class, is now firmly entrenched as a Sooner. His scholarship gone after everything that happened in the summer and fall, he has to show his coaches and his teammates just how badly he wants it.
So far so good.
“We do have Dalton Wood back on the team and working out,” Stoops said. “He looks good. Hopefully he can take over in some of that fullback/H-back role as we go.”
Stoops was discussing the depth chart of OU going forward and said it might be one short of what it needs to be at fullback behind Dimitri Flowers. Wood filling in the spot would be the plan.
Wood was one of the stars of signing day 2015 as Stoops could not stop talking about how excited he was to have him as part of the team. But after failing to report and then coming to Norman and leaving on the same night, Stoops couldn’t be occupied by those matters.
Around the fall, Wood got back in touch with the coaches and stressed how badly he wants another opportunity to make things right. OU somewhat acquiesced. The scholarship would be gone, at least for now, and he’d have to live that walk-on life.
Wood came to Norman reportedly in very good shape, especially for someone who didn’t play any football or had any organized physical training during the summer and fall.
If Wood can make it mentally and physically, there’s another unofficial member of OU’s 2016 class making a difference.
Other teams notes from Stoops were redshirt freshman offensive guard Dominique Hearne is no longer with the team because of academic issues. Defensive end Dwayne Orso-Bacchus has been moved from defensive end to offensive tackle. This happened in preparation for the bowl game and will stay that way. And Gabriel Campbell, Prentice McKinney and Daniel Brooks are all off academic probation and in good standing with the team again.