NORMAN, Okla. — The Oklahoma Sooners returned to workouts today and are already working on Kansas State. OU held it's weekly 'Monday Night Bowl' and Tommy Grady hit one big throw to Marcus Johnson for a touchdown that should give you hope for the future. It was a perfectly thrown bomb and Johnson was wide open 60 yards down field and made an easy catch. Tony Cade continues to look like the free safety of the future. DeMarrio Pleasant looks like a star in the making at MLB. Lewis Baker will be a star at WLB and John Williams and Alonzo Dotson are future starters at defensive end.
OU fans are going to love defensive tackles Lawrence Dampeer, Steven Coleman and Carl Pendleton. All three are always among the last to leave practice as they work on extra drills with defensive tackle coach Jackie Shipp. Then they work with one of the strength and conditioning coaches to get into better shape. Dampeer wants to get down to 285 (right now 296) for spring and Coleman is at 290. Pendleton is trying to build himself up to 290 for spring ball and all three look fantastic. Coach Shipp is very high on all three players and feels that all three are going to be good defensive tackles in the future.
The Sooners worked hard on Kansas State today and will on Tuesday and Wednesday as well. OU will then take Thanksgiving off and also Friday and Saturday with the team returning to Norman on Sunday. Today after practice Head Coach Bob Stoops sat down with OUInsider.com for our Two Minute Drill.
JH: Coach, what are your thoughts on Brodney Pool being named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week?
BS: "Brodney has played very well all season and he has been very good. In everything from coverage, to tackling, to assignment football Brodney has been great for us. Brodney has really had a great year, so it is great to see him get that award or that recognition. Also, for us Derrick Strait was our player of the game once again with Brodney. Other players who had great games for us were Teddy Lehman, and then offensively Mark Clayton, Jason White, KeJuan Jones and Lance Donley."
JH: This is the sixth time this season that Oklahoma has won the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week award. What does that say about your defense?
BS: "I don't keep up with that, but we have had some great defensive performances this year. Some of these guys have stepped up to have some great individual performances in games, but I like the fact that they have been steady all year. So, that has really been good for us."
JH: Does it feel good to be preparing for a championship game?
BS: "Absolutely, it is very special. Our players realize that up to this point it has been an outstanding year, but what we are really after is coming up in the next couple of weeks. And then after that something even more important. Our guys are excited about that."
JH: Is this environment surrounding the championship game the same as it was back in the 2000 National Championship season?
BS: "Yeah, any championship game is a great environment. It creates great excitement and I am sure this will be the same."
JH: There is a possibility of bad weather the weekend of the game in Kansas City. Will you practice outside in the cold weather some to get ready for what you could experience in Kansas City?
BS: "We are not really worried about that. We will practice outside some and indoors some. We will be outside when it is decent and inside when it isn't."
Two Minute Drill: Bob Stoops
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