Tuesday's Practice Notes 8/17

News and notes from Tuesday's practice with inlcuding quotes from Bob Stoops, Jackie Shipp, Trey DiCarlo and Jason Carter. Oklahoma offensive line coach Kevin Wilson also talks about junior Davin Joseph (pictured left) and a possible move to tackle. (Photo Courtesty of SoonerSports.com)

NORMAN, Okla. — The Oklahoma football team returned to the practice field after taking the morning off for a two and a half hour workout in full pads Tuesday night in Norman.

"The practice went well, but we're tired," said OU Coach Bob Stoops after practice. "But we fought through it. I thought we had some good work, especially in our short-yardage drill on both sides of the ball. One thing I'll say about our guys — they get after it."

The Sooners also appeared to be going through some scout team work for the first time this fall.

"Don't give away our secrets. I know you're out here every day and notice that," Stoops joked with the media.

Below are more news, notes and quotes from Monday's practice.


Adrian Peterson took off his arm sling for the first time on Tuesday and ran several 100-yard jogs while carrying the football in the hand of his injured arm. And running alongside Peterson stride for stride, was none other than strength coach Jerry Schmidt.

Offensive linemen Chris Bush and Jammal Brown also missed practice. Bush, who is still nursing an injury to his right elbow, suited up but did not go through any of the team drills. Brown was excused from the practice because of the recent death of a close family member.

Running back Tashard Choice suited up, but stayed out of the contact drills. Fullback Dane Zaslaw also missed practice once again.

Senior cornerback Antonio Perkins took another step toward getting back to practice on Tuesday. Perkins didn't go through workouts, but has taken the boot off his banged up foot and was wearing tennis shoes at tonight's workout.


The major story today to come out of today's practice is the potential juggling of positions among two of offensive linemen.

With Jammal Brown not at practice, the Sooners experimented with Davin Joseph at tackle, and offensive line coach Kevin Wilson liked what he saw.

"Davin looked really good out there today," Wilson said. "We have played him out there before and he's always looked real good. Davin is one of the most athletic linemen that we have. And in reality, he might be a better tackle than a guard.

"Maybe we should be playing him at tackle anyway," Wilson continued. "I may look at Wes (Sims) at guard and play Davin at tackle. I've given so many reps to Wes at guard and Davin at tackle, but I just want to look at it. My job is to get the best combination, and maybe that's the best combination."

A potential switch of Joseph and Sims could also bode well for shoring up next year's line with the departure of Sims and Brown. The Sooners are in better shape at guard, and moving Joseph to tackle would solve on of their holes.

In that scenario, Joseph would start at one tackle with Messner and Millington battling for the other spot. Kelvin Chaisson and Chris Bush would start at guard with Chris Chester at center. However, at this point it's only speculation.

Taking Joseph's spot at guard on the first team when he moved to tackle was senior walk-on John Flynn. Flynn, a 6-foot-1, 242 pounder from Anadarko, has been in the Sooners' system for three years and has become a favorite of Wilson.

"John is always a guy that knows what he's doing," said Wilson. "He knows the assignments and he's a tremendous competitor. The fact that he competes so hard allows him to compete.

"You can ask Dusty Dvoracek and those guys, and they'll tell you that he's a good offensive lineman," Wilson continued. "We can win with him. I think if I had to play him, I would have to be careful how much I playing because of his size. He may not be a guy who can play 85 plays, but he can darn sure play 45 or 50 and get some great play out of him."

Flynn is flattered by Wilson's compliments.

"I really can't tell you how good that makes me feel," said Flynn when told about Wilson's comments. "I respect coach Wilson so much. He is a great man. He never gives up on us, and he's always encouraging us. He's always looking out for our best interest. I want to be a coach someday, and I'm going to try and coach just like him."

In the meantime, Flynn knows he has a job to do.

"When you're my size going against guys that are lot bigger than me, you have to fight your guts out and use great technique," Flynn said. "I have a great coach in coach Wilson. If I play like he teaches, I'm going to be fine."


We know we say this in just about every practice report, but Jason White looked like a Heisman Trophy winner again today.

White and the Sooners worked a lot on timing and crossing routes, and the senior from Tuttle was dead-on as usual to Brandon Jones, Mark Clayton, Mark Bradley on several ocassions. White also hit Travis Wilson for a 60-yard touchdown strike down the sideline.

"Our receivers are doing a good job with the new things we're doing," said Stoops. "And Jason White is throwing the heck out of the ball. Jason's doing a great job of reading things. He's delivering the ball on time. He's throwing the out routes where they're supposed to be and the receiver better go get it."


Defensive line coach Jackie Shipp's unit is having a great spring. And the Sooner DT has been more than pleased with what he's seen so far.

"We're doing pretty well. Dusty Dvoracek is having a great camp, but you come to expect that with Dusty," said Shipp. "And Lynn McGruder has made great strides this camp. I'm also real pleased with Carl Pendleton. He's such an intelligent player. He is a real fundamentally sound player, and always plays with his motor running.

"And Remi, he's coming along," Shipp continued. "Remi's trying to pick up our system. He competes hard. I think he's going to be a player for us. Steven Coleman has looked good, and so has my freshman Cory Bennet. Steven just needs to get bigger and stronger, but so does Cory. He just really gets after you. My freshman is going to be a really good player."


Another Sooner who has made major strides since last year is Junior kicker Trey DiCarlo. DiCarlo has almost hit every kick he's attempted this fall, including a 57-yard in the scrimmage, and he credits his success so far to strength coach Jerry Schmidt.

"I give credit to Jerry Schmidt and his program for that," said DiCarlo. "I worked hard in the weight room and I think I'm a stronger player. I've always tried to get good height on my ball, and I think now I'm getting good carry. I think I'll be able to kick longer field goals, and my kick-offs will be better as well."


Overall, it was a good day for the offense. KeJuan Jones and Donta Hickson most f the reps with the first team and continued to run hard.

As for the defense, it was another good day for cornerbacks Darien Williams and Eric Bassey at corner.

Another player who is having a great spring but doesn't get much attention is Jason Carter. However, Carter knows it's just a matter of time before he gets his shot.

"You've got to be really patient when you're a young player trying to find a spot on this football team," Carter said. "This is Oklahoma. At safety, I'm playing behind Brodney Pool, who is the best at his position. If I go to the other safety, I'm playing behind Donte Nicholson, who is the best at his position. You've got to just wait your turn, but be ready when your turn becomes available."

Brodney Pool looked good on one blitz when he sacked Tommy Grady. Zach Latimer also showed why his great instincts suit him well at linebacker when he blew up a slip screen pass.


The Sooners will practice twice on Wednesday, with the first beginning at 8:45 p.m.

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