OU confident in 2017 direction

Three names to highlight following OU's spring game and why Sooners are feeling good heading into 2017.

NORMAN – There wasn’t going to be too much learned about Oklahoma in its annual Red-White spring game. And really nothing too jarring was revealed in the 14-13 win for White. But that? That’s not a bad thing.

The Sooners were missing some key parts for the game itself and kept things basic although there were still some standouts.

Quarterback Kyler Murray

“I feel like I played okay today. Just being out there with the guys and tossing a little bit and running around a little bit. I thought that we performed well today. Not too flashy. I tried to keep it simple today and I felt that I played pretty good when we were going out there running today. I wasn’t trying to do too much.”

Murray completed 9 of 13 passes for 144 yards, including a 70-yard touchdown to Jeffery Mead in the first half.

Murray arrived at OU early Saturday morning after having played baseball for the Sooners in their loss at Texas on Friday. Murray is going to be back in Austin on Sunday for the finale of the three-game set vs. the Longhorns.

Running back Marcelias Sutton

“I can’t even soak it all in right now, to be honest. This right here, it’s just blowing my mind. That’s all I’ve been talking about today. It’s just crazy. Campus, atmosphere. It’s a lot of people out here. It feels like straight love in the air.”

Sutton rushed for 63 yards on 10 carries and had a touchdown. Sutton was slowed down initially by a foot injury before camp began. He has been healthy since and showed why he will be someone to watch for the Sooners in 2017.

Cornerback Parnell Motley

“He had some great plays. Coming in there making plays against Baker show his positive steps. I am sure he wants to start too so it is his opportunity and he made the most of his chances tonight.” – defensive coordinator Mike Stoops

Motley began the game with a bang, picking off quarterback Baker Mayfield on the initial drive of the game. Mayfield was looking to get Marquise Brown a shot down field, but Motley was able to make a tough, competitive play.

It has been a banner spring for Motley, and Saturday’s showcase was a chance to let people know why he’ll be a name to keep an eye on moving forward.


There’s still plenty of more for the Sooners in spring. OU has five practices left with three this week and two to close it out next week.

There are a lot of pieces having to be replaced for OU from last season, but you can understand why head coach Bob Stoops is excited about what’s to come.

 “I love it. I think we’ve got a lot of experience back,” Stoops said. “What I really try to focus on this time of year is developing more depth, more players that can play at a championship level and the mental responsibilities along with the physical play that it takes and the ability of more of those guys. Of course, these are the guys that are returning to focus on making improvement. I love the team ... I love where we’re at, keeping guys healthy, and I think we’re progressing in a really positive way.”

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