Take 3: 'More competition' will be theme this week for OU personnel

OU will have to look internally to figure out what went wrong and how to fix it going forward.

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Every Monday afternoon during the football season, Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops holds a weekly press conference. Sooners Illustrated is there for all of them and gives you the three biggest things from the event.

Game No. 2: vs ULM

Take No. 1: Perine, Parker expected to be OK

Injuries haven’t been a huge factor for the Sooners so far for 2016, but OU did have two of its starters in running back Samaje Perine and safety Steven Parker banged up in the loss to Houston.

The good news on both is it doesn’t appear to be anything serious as OU heads into its home opener Saturday evening.

Stoops said the shoulder injury to Perine, which was suffered during the first series of the game and aggravated later, is simply a muscle thing. There is no structural damage so Perine should be ready to play vs. ULM.

Parker was also banged up in the first half with a shoulder concern is “sore,” according to Stoops. One player who didn’t make the trip was wide receiver Dahu Green, who is still recovering from an injury sustained in camp.

Take No. 2: Competition will heat up this week

Stoops didn’t say anything about his players not being at their best or taking Houston lightly, but it does appear some changes could occur.

In Stoops’ words, “more competition” will be the theme this week. There will be certain spots to which need to be addressed based on the loss to the Cougars.

First and foremost, will be the battle for the second starting cornerback position. Senior Dakota Austin started the game but was relieved by freshman Parrish Cobb.

Neither had a particularly strong outing so it remains to be seen if defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks will go back to the senior or try to get more reps in with the freshman.

The goal has been for OU to have a true two-deep in the secondary and offensive line. If this has truly been the case, this would be the week to see some tinkering. There were no lineup changes at all in the official depth chart.

Take No. 3: OU must get better

Not rocket science here. Don’t win first game, the goal has to be to get better. Stoops said the focus isn’t on the big picture right now. It’s about responding one game at a time.

“I could tell after the game they were disappointed,” Stoops said. “They’re angry and know they got to be better. I do believe they’ll respond the right way. We have to get better today and tomorrow and be a better football team this weekend.”

Adversity isn’t always necessary but a little bit could go a long way toward figuring out what the 2016 group will be about. Especially in the leadership department.

“Usually in these kind of times, certain guys will step up and demonstrate it more,” Stoops said.



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