NORMAN, Okla. — The Oklahoma football team went through a light one hour and 45 minute workout Friday night in shorts, helmets and shoulder pads.
The Sooners coaches cut down each drill by a couple of minutes and there was very minimal contact and very little new to report as the Sooners' mainly used the practice to prepare for Saturday's scrimmage.
Antonio Perkins, Brandon Everage, Wayne Chambers, Will Peoples, Mark Bradley, Zach Latimer and Ataleo Ford all set out while nursing minor injuries.
Lance Mitchell returned to full drills tonight and Dan Cody is back at 100 percent. Jason White also returned this evening after sitting out this morning's workout and went through every drill as OU's first team quarterback.
White, who was the only Sooner sporting special black nike cleats, looked great again in all of the drills and threw the pass of the day when he hit Travis Wilson deep. White also looked good in the two minute drill, where he found Brandon Jones and Renaldo Works open.
The more and more we watch Tommy Grady throw the football the more you have to believe the hype. Grady has the quickest release of the QB's and it's debatable on who has the stronger are between he and Brent Rawls. The only knock on Grady thus far is his experience and footwork, according to OU QB Coach Chuck Long.
Speaking of Rawls, the redshirt sophomore did something today he rarely does — throw short on a deep pass. Rawls had JeJuan Rankins open deep but underthrew him and was picked off by Jowahn Poteat.
Poteat was the standout defensively today for the Sooners. Poteat had two interceptions and batted down two different passes. Donte Nicholson also had a great day in in OU's cover two defense coming over the help the corner's in coverage.
Back to the offense...walk-on receiver David Robinson is a player who catches your eye on the receiving crop from time to time. He's very small, but he is cat quick and got open over the middle against the first team defense several times on Friday. The only catch is — that he couldn't catch the ball and dropped two sure touchdown passes.
OU's starting running back battle still appears to be too close to call at this time. Renaldo Works was the first back in the two minute drill, but alternated with Kejuan Jones on just about every play. At this point, you have to wonder if the Sooners might just use a two RB system, rather than picking one and giving him the bulk of the carries.
It also appears that Donta Hickson may get the first shot of replacing Jones as the Sooners' jumbo running back. OU RB Coach Cale Gundy loves the way Hickson runs up the middle with good balance after taking a hit, and Hickson took all the snaps as running back the jumbo set.
The Sooners will hold their second major scrimmage at 6 p.m. Saturday night. Bob Stoops said the format will be very similar to the Sooners first scrimmage on Tuesday.
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