8/11 Practice Report: Everage to miss one game

News and notes from Monday night's practice. Plus, Stoops comments on the Brandon Everage and Tommy Grady

NORMAN, Okla. — The Oklahoma football team returned the intramural practice fields on Monday night, but it was news off the field that was the biggest of the day.

After practice, Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops announced to the media that senior safety Brandon Everage was acquitted of his misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana.

"We've known for a few days now Brandon's case was going to be dropped," said Stoops. "We know the details of the case and we have known how Brandon has reacted due to the details of the case.

"We have watched as he has participated with us and because of his efforts and his action, we allowed him to begin practice with us and that will continue," Stoops continued. "However, because of the circumstances within the case we will suspend Brandon for the North Texas game. After that he will be a full member of our football team."

Everage, who missed Monday night's workout while attending an orthodontist appointment, wasn't available for comment. Stoops said that he will participate in Tuesday's scrimmage.

OU's 'As The QB Turns' saga will add a little more drama this week as true freshmen Tommy Grady was granted a waiver by the NCAA and is immediately eligible.

"He's been cleared by the NCAA," Stoops commented. "I fully expect him to be on a plane tonight or in the morning. He'll be here tomorrow."

Stoops also said that he doesn't expect Grady to compete in Tuesday's scrimmage.

As for practice, the Sooners worked out in helmets, shorts and shoulder pads for just over two hours. It was a fairly light workout as there was more teaching going on than action.

Senior quarterback Jason White returned to practice Monday night after sitting out the morning workout to rest his knee and continued his strong camp.

Sophomore Paul Thompson had his best practice yet this summer and did everything right with the exception of one fumbled snap. Thompson had his best throwing day by far and hit Brandon Jones on a long bomb for a touchdown and also hit Will Peoples on a great out route and several short routes.

Mark Clayton rebounded from his off-morning practice and caught everything in sight. Jones caught the bomb from Thompson and continues to have an impressive camp along with Peoples.

Renaldo Works and Kejuan Jones are still seem to be neck and neck for the starting running back spot, but Donta Hickson might be emerging as a prospect to be OU's short-yardage running back. Hickson runs very hard and physical and excels in the inside team drills. True Tashard Choice continues to get the most looks out of the freshmen.

Sophomore fullback J.D. Runnels continues to get more carries and screen passes in practice. Look for Runnels to play more of the role Seth Litrell had during the Sooners' national championship season.

Junior center Vince Carter and sophomore guard Davin Joseph were the standouts today on the offensive line. Joseph was his usual dominating self and Carter had a great day. Carter doesn't blow anyone away, but he always seems to do his job and hold his own in the trenches.

At tight end it's our impression that James Moses may be on the breaking through as OU's first team tight end. Moses has received more reps with the first team over the last few days and has looked good. Now, this doesn't mean that he will definitely be the starter on Aug. 30, but it is evident that he and Lance Donley are in a battle and could switch spots every day. Juco transfer Willie Roberts is beginning to get more and more reps with the varsity and is looking better every day.With his tremendous height, Roberts will be a tremendous weapon in goal line situations and the Sooners' worked with him on that today.

On defense, Antonio Perkins was held out of the most of the workout other than catching punts. Mark Bradley filled his spot as one of the starting corners alongside Derrick Strait. Jowahn Poteat and Eric Bassey are the second string corners.

With Brandon Everage out for the North Texas game, expect Brodney Pool or Matt McCoy to start at free safety alongside Donte Nicholson. When OU goes to five DB's against North Texas McCoy will play free safety and Pool will be the fifth defensive back.

On the defensive line Tommie Harris looked great and had his best practice thus far. True freshmen Alonzo Dotson also had his practice and break through the line twice with a couple of great rushes.

Wayne Chambers worked out this morning, but was held out of practice tonight along with Perkins, Tristen Ross, Zach Latimer and Lawrence Dampeer. None of the above are seriously hurt, but rather nicked up with minor injuries.

On special teams, Antonio Perkins and Mark Bradley worked as the starting returners. And Eric Bassey and Matt McCoy both were able to penetrate the line and block punts against Cody Freeby.

Stoops says Tuesday's scrimmage will start off at 6 p.m. with work on field goals and the kicking game. And then at 6:30 the scrimmage will begin with first and ten situations of the first team offense against the first team defense, and the second team offense against the second team defense.

"The scrimmage will be based on the flow of the offense. If they can't pick up first downs we'll start over. If they march it down the field we'll let them march it down."

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