Bob Stoops' spring game statement

OU coach Bob Stoops' opening statement regarding the Sooners spring game.

No news coming out of a spring game is good news, right? That was definitely the mentality of Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops.

Opting for a simulated scrimmage format, the starters did not tackle during the event. It was a success in his mind as OU was able to escape without any injuries.

Following the event, Stoops addressed the media for the last time this spring.

Opening statement?

I’m most pleased that everyone stayed healthy and we had no injuries. We got a lot of good team work, meaning substitution patterns, we had Big 12 officials, just game management. I thought it was really positive with all of that.

It was tough to gauge what statistics might be with the first group not going full-go to the ground. Hard to weigh if a back might have broken a tackle or a receiver made someone miss him or what. I’m more concerned with keeping guys on the field right now than I was about how much yardage somebody got or didn’t get.

I also wanted to see guys assignment correct and doing things the right way and executing. I thought overall it was really positive in all parts of the game.

I thought we addressed a lot of issues where we needed to for this year where we lost people. To start in the o-line, Jonathan Alvarez at center is a great move. He’s a natural center; that’s what he was in high school and that’s what he was recruited for. Having started every game last year at guard, he’s ready to play in there at center. Ben Powers, Cody Ford — a bunch of guys have really come on at the guard spots to help us. So that’s great.

At receiver, think there’s just more overall guys that will contribute next year. I believe that position is twice what it was at this time even without Sterling (Shepard). There’s just more guys ready to play at this competitive level than there were a year ago. 

Rodney (Anderson), along with Daniel (Brooks) and Alex (Ross), some of the other backs have been more consistent this spring to go with Samaje (Perine) and Joe (Mixon). 

Austin (Kendall) has gotten a ton of snaps through the spring. He’s really been mature in handling them. He’s been more than could’ve expected — really has. 

Defensively, all those corners opposite JT (Jordan Thomas) have really made improvement, and significant improvement. I feel they’re ready to play.

Tay Evans has gotten better along with Curtis Bolton and Obo (Ogbonnia Okoronkwo) have made improvement. D.J. Ward and Q. (Marquise) Overton inside have made good improvement to play in there with some of the other guys. Austin Roberts as well. Neville Gallimore is a bigger, stronger guy who is getting better and better.

Anyway, I feel like we’ve addressed some of the areas where we’ve lost people and made some good strong improvement.



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