Offseason Football Notebook

Sooners lose one receiver, but true freshman wideout Lendy Holmes has already impressed Mark Clayton this summer. See inside for Clayton's comments and much, much more on who is standing out and stepping up in OU's offseason workouts.

OUInsider.com has learned that the OU career of wide receiver Marcus Johnson is over. Our policy is to not get into details about personal details of a collegiate athlete, but it is safe to say that he violated team rules. Johnson is already back home in Abilene and the Sooners are already figuring his scholarship into the numbers they can give towards the 2005 recruiting class.

Wide receiver Lendy Holmes has already made quite an impression in the Sooner camp. Holmes came through Coach Jerry Schmidt's first workout session in flying colors and then jumped right into the Sooners 7-on-7 drills.

Holmes had no hesitation going up against the varsity secondary burning Eric Bassey and Jowahn Poteat on a couple of occasions. He didn't always get open, but that didn't keep him from trying to run a crisp route and do the best he could to get open. The varsity corners had to work hard to keep him in check.

Holmes' hustle and determination early in camp led All-American Mark Clayton to say, 'Man, Lendy tries so hard that I think that he thinks he is going to start this year,' Clayton said with a laugh! 'If he keeps giving that effort he will eventually start. It won't be this year, but it could next year that is for sure.'

Another receiver who has already made quite an impression during the Sooners 7-on-7 drills is Quentin Chaney. The 6-foot-6 receiver from Tulsa Washington is going through the drills despite shoulder surgery back during his basketball season his senior year.

Chaney recently showed why his size and strength figures to be a great advantage for him when he ran a short curl battling Chijioke Onyenegecha off the line of scrimmage. Chijioke sports a 300 pound bench press and is noted as a corner who beats up WRs at the line of scrimmage. However, in this one particular battle Chaney, using his size advantage, bullied his way off the the line of scrimmage even with Chijioke fighting him every step of the way. The pattern was only about a five yard hook and Chaney turned as Rhett Bomar released the ball. With Chijioke still all over him Chaney held his position and showed great hands hauling in a bullet pass with Chijioke trying to knock the ball away.

There are many that contend that Chaney will eventually be a tight end, but that pass in itself proved to all that was watching why OU loves him as a receiver prospect. There is nothing wrong with having a big, strong and fast wide receiver who can be so physical that even the most physical corners have trouble holding him at the line of scrimmage.

The fact that Chaney is working out at all shows how tough he is. He really isn't supposed to go through much contact, but he sneaks into those drills and gets after it. He will still redshirt this year, but OU is looking forward to his future.

Senior offensive lineman Jammal Brown is having a great camp. He has gained eight pounds and continues to excel in agility drills. Center Vince Carter is going through all the drills, but he is still cautious coming off knee surgery. However, Carter says he has lost six pounds and that he has never felt better.

Linebacker Rufus Alexander has his weight to a very, very solid 225. Alexander is having a good summer as he works to get all his agility back following his ACL surgery.

Say Happy Birthday to quarterback Rhett Bomar.

OU commitment Allen Patrick out of Independence JC is visiting OU with his family today. It is an unofficial visit, but they family just wanted to see where Patrick was going to be playing his college football over the next couple of years.

Most feel that Adrian Peterson will be the only freshman that plays this year on the varsity. However, it looks like you can throw cornerback Marcus Walker into the mix as well. Walker continues to be very impressive and he is very much in the running a the short-side cornerback spot.

Most of the freshmen are in camp now as defensive tackle prospect Corey Bennett out of San Antonio Roosevelt High School arrived today. Offensive tackle Brandon Braxton and linebacker Chris Patterson are not in camp yet because both are still waiting on test scores. But every other freshman either is in camp or has been in camp at some point.

Continue to keep you eye on players out of Conway, S.C. for a hotbed of OU recruiting. OU is always on the lookout for outstanding offensive tackles, and Michael Hawkins (6'5, 320, 4.9) will be playing his first year at Independence J.C. after an outstanding career at Conway. Hawkins will step right into the starting line-up this season at Independence and he has already told Patrick and Eric Huggins that if OU offers him he will join them at OU.

Converted free safety Jessie McCray (6'3, 190, 4.6) is starting to make a name for himself alongside Huggins this year at Conway. This is the first year that McCray has played receiver, but he is very talented and coaches at Conway believe he will scholarship D-1 before it's all said and done. And then you have junior wide receiver C.J. Palmer (6'2, 180, 4.6). Palmer is the third receiver of the group, and again the Conway coaches feel that he will be a D-1 receiver.

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