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OU quotables: Week 1

A collection of noteworthy quotes from the first week of OU's camp.

The first week of camp is in the books for Oklahoma, and the players and coaches were back to addressing the media.

Here are some of the notable quotes from Week 1:

Head coach Bob Stoops

On early standouts:

“Other guys, Kapri Doucet has really been strong at one of the outside ‘backer spots. Amani Bledsoe, one of our young D-linemen, looks great. Emmanuel Beal has been excellent at inside linebacker. He’s really been special. Those are some of the guys on the other side of the ball that are starting to show up more and more. Caleb has been out the last three practices with a minor sprain of his knee. He should be back next week sometime.”

On difference with Baker Mayfield:

“Yeah, I guess because everyone knows he’s the leader. Rather than last year at this time still trying to win the job. You don’t want to run around like you’re the leader when you’re not yet. So yeah, it’s definitely different for him. He’s playing exceptionally. You can tell another year in the system, he’s so sure of what he’s doing with the checks. It’s like another coach out there. He’s an extension of Coach Riley. He’s been excellent.”

Neville Gallimore

On redshirt freshman year being his chance:

“Definitely. From the moment, I got in, I knew there was going to be a lot of work that was going to be done. I knew I had to get in better shape but also increase my football IQ. Even though it’s not where I want it to be, it’s definitely better than it was last year just coming from high school and playing in a two-point stance most of my life than adjusting to how Americans play football and getting in a three-point stance and playing the gap-control defense that we play.”

Jarvis Baxter

On being the favorite at punt returner:

“I love punt return. I love it. I’m glad that I have the opportunity that I can be the guy, going into camp, that they can count on right now.”

Jordan Smallwood

On his position:

“I play X and Z. I learned both sides and I’m trying to help out the team any way I can. If I could know all of them I would. I’m just trying to learn my roles and help the team out as an outside receiver. I know the inside guys will do their jobs.”

D.J. Ward

On most difficult part of college so far:

“Probably learning the system coming off of surgery. That was the biggest transition because I was a 4-3 guy then I came into a 3-4 and then I was too light. So putting on the weight, that was it. Once I got that, that was good. I was ready to go.”


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