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.
Take No. 1: Sooners regrouping, on and off the field
It’s the first bye week for the Sooners and maybe it couldn’t have come at a better time. Not only does OU have to mentally bounce back from the rough 1-2 start, but it’s physical, too.
OU wasn’t just beat up on the scoreboard but also physically. The Sooners suffered a substantial amount of injuries and will not practice Monday, Stoops said.
OU will get back to it Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday before looking ahead to TCU next weekend. One of those guys the Sooners will be wondering about is defensive tackle Matt Romar, who missed Saturday’s game and wasn’t dressed out.
“I thought we announced that but maybe we didn't,” Stoops said. “Matt was held out. He had a non-contact injury in the middle of the week that put him out for the game.”
The only one for sure who won’t be a part of OU’s plans is left guard Cody Ford. He had surgery Sunday after breaking his leg in the first half.
Take No. 2: Mixon continues to grow
There weren’t a lot of bright spots for OU vs. the Buckeyes, but the play of redshirt sophomore running back Joe Mixon is definitely one of them.
Mixon led the team in rushing yards and woke up Owen Field with a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Replay showed he dropped the ball early, but it was ruled a score and made Owen Field come alive.
“Joe has done that as well,” Stoops said. “He's really matured well. He's been an excellent student. He's never on the list for anything. He does everything you want him to do and been a great teammate. All of it. In the locker room, he's one of the more popular guys because he's a friend to everybody.”
Mixon’s versatility has become obvious to see and you wouldn’t be wrong to say he has been the best player for OU through three games.
Take No. 3: Stoops not happy with Kendall
A lot was made of backup quarterback Austin Kendall’s comments last week about Ohio State’s defense being basic.
Stoops finally addressed the situation Monday, and safe to say he was not please.
“Ridiculous comments,” Stoops said. “That’ll be addressed, as well. I don’t know what he could have been watching, to be honest with you. He must not have watched any tape if he had that to say.
“It’s no place for it, and sadly for you guys because of that, there will be a whole bunch of guys no longer available anymore because we can’t trust ’em. That’s just how it will be.”
Stoops has gone down this road before where only captains and upperclassmen talk to the media. It’s not a terrible thing. It happens, especially with some struggles. Stoops said it was more about protecting his guys than trying to not let media have access.