Monday Night's Practice Notes 8/16

See inside for position-by-position notes from Monday night's practice. Center Vince Carter (#50) works against redshirt freshman Lawrence Dampeer (#74) duing Monday's practice. The Sooners will practice once on Monday beginning at 5:15 p.m.

The Oklahoma football team returned to the practice fields for a two hour workout in full pads Monday night in Norman.

The Sooners were dressed out in full pads, but there wasn't much contact and the coaches spent a lot of time coaching and teaching after each play.

Below is a position-by-position look at the highlights from Monday nights practice.

Quarterback
There's no other way to sum it up than to say all of the OU quarterbacks threw the ball well on Monday night.

Jason White led the way with a spectacular practice, despite one interception that was more the receivers fault than his. White hit Mark Bradley for a long touchdown on a flag route and also fired several beautiful out routes to Brandon Jones and Co.

Paul Thompson threw the ball great for the third consecutive practice, as did Tommy Grady. Grady has the strongest arm of the Sooner quarterbacks and is by far the best at throwing out routes. Grady also connected on a 50-yard touchdown pass on a down out and up to Mark Clayton. He later found Clayton again at the goal line for another TD strike.

Rhett Bomar had another great practice throwing the ball. He hooked up with his favorite receiver target this fall - Quentin Chaney - for a 45-yard touchdown connection.

Running Back
KeJuan Jones had his best practice this fall by far on Monday. Jones is clearly a man on a mission, and he looked the fastest he ever has tonight, and made several quick cuts.

Wide Receivers
As mentioned above Mark Clayton had a great day, as did Brandon Jones, Travis Wilson and 'The Admiral' David Robinson.

The more you watch Robinson, the more he grows on you. Think Quentin Griffin, only at receiver, and maybe quicker. Robinson pulled in three nice catches on Monday.

Speaking of Wilson, he is having his best camp yet and that continued again tonight.

Joe John Finley has started to come on of late and had another great night catching balls among the tight ends.

Offensive Line
The major story of the night came on the offensive line. Backup center/guard Chris Bush missed practice again with an injured elbow, and his status is starting to become a concern.

In fact, It is becoming so much of a concern that the Sooners worked guard Kelvin Chaisson at center for six or seven plays. Taking Chaisson's place on the first team OL at guard was Brett Rayl.

Defensive Line
We all know about Dusty Dvoracek and even Lynn McGruder to a certain extent. But the more you see of the 'young pups' at defensive tackle the more you like.

Lawrence Dampeer had a great workout tonight, as did Carl Pendleton and true freshman Cory Bennett.

The light also appears to have come on for defensive end Larry Birdine. Birdine had a great scrimmage last night and has followed it up with two great practices. What you like about Birdine is that he is very active and very animated on the field. When he makes a play, he lets you know about it.

Linebackers
Lance Mitchell missed practice again today while visiting his father in California, and that opened the door for Zach Latimer to get more reps with the first team in the middle.

Wayne Chambers backed up Latimer, and walk-on McGrath (last name -- not on official roster yet) played with the third team at middle linebacker. McGrath is a walk-on who is a former state high school wrestling champion, and the Sooners love his scrappy and competitive play.

Demarrio Pleasant was all over the field again and Gayron Allen also stood out tonight.

Secondary
The secondary (mainly the second team) took some lumps today against OU's receivers, but not many teams will be able to keep up with the OU wideouts this season.

Brodney Pool is always Johnny-on -the-spot, and that was case again tonight when he picked off a Jason White pass that went through a receivers hands.

True freshman safety Brett Bowers also seems to make a play or two every practice. Tonight it was helping out a cornerback on a deep pass pattern to the sidelines. Bowers covered his ground and teamed with the cornerback to help prevent Brandon Jones from making a catch.

Darien Williams and Marcus Walker also had a good day in coverage.

Special Teams
The kick return team consisted of: Bubba Moses, Demarrio Pleasant, Clint Ingram, Russell Dennison and Rufus Alexander on the front line. Joe John Finley and Gayron Allen on the wings. Runnels in the middle. Bradley and Wilson as the upbacks and Rankins and Clayton rotating as the deep returners on the goal line.

Players to work on the kick coverage team were: Brodney Pool, Tony Cade, Brandon Shelby, Jason Carter, JeJuan Rankins, Brandon Jones, Clint Ingram, Zach Latimer and Russell Dennison.

The Sooners will practice tomorrow at 5:15 p.m.

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