Stoops previews Saturday's Red/White game

OU Head Coach Bob Stoops talks about the new format for Saturday's annual Red/White game. Kick-off is set for 1 p.m.

The Oklahoma Football team went through their final practice of the spring season Friday on the eve of Saturday's annual Red/White.

In all, the workout was a rather uneventful one as the Sooners did not go through contact while wearing shorts, jerseys and helmets (no pads).

After practice, OU head coach Bob Stoops talked about the format of the Spring game, which will be somewhat different from last year.

In year's past, the game has been split up into two different teams, usually with the first team offense and second team defense wearing Red, while the second team offense and first team defense wore White.

However, this year the first and second team offense will wear Red, while the the first and second team defense will wear White, meaning the score will be of little relevance because the White will never get an offensive possession.

"In other years we have split them up, but it makes it hard to substitute," said Stoops. "Instead of just putting the one offense in Red and the second offense in White, it gets hard to substitute because we've got so many guys we want to work with both teams. You guys can make what you want of the score."

"Garrett (Hartley) will kick as we go, so when we have a field goal opportunity he'll kick. However, the rush and protection teams aren't going to be what we usually do. It's impoossible to simulate it all or get it all lined up. We'll punt when we should, go for it when we should and kick field goals at the appropriate time."

Stoops also said that the first team offense will always match up against the first team defense, while the second team offense will go against the second team defense.

"We've worked hard," said Stoops when asked about how his team has progressed this spring. "We still have a ways to go. The guys have worked hard and we've had a lot of scrimmage time, so we've made good progress. But we have to have a big summer."

One player who is looking forward to Saturday is Tony Cade, who is still locked in a battle with Lewis Baker for one of the starting safety spots.

"I think it's a big day just because it's the key day for the spring," Cade said. "This is what we've all been pointing for.

"I don't really look at it as competition. I'm just trying get better. I think I'm a better player now."

It's also a big day for Steven Coleman, who made huge strides this spring and battled his way into the starting rotation at defensive tackle.

"I can't wait because I know that I'm going to get playing time. I've been working hard to get in great shape. I feel like I'm just a lot better football player this year."

As for the quarterbacks, Stoops said that Paul Thompson will take the first reps with the first team offense, but that Rhett Bomar and Tommy Grady will also get equal possessions on the first team.

Saturday's Red/White game will kick off at 1 p.m. See below for the offiical release on Saturday's Spring game from SoonerSports.com.

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The University of Oklahoma concludes its spring football season this Saturday with the annual Red/White game presented by Diffee Ford. Kickoff at Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium is scheduled for 1 p.m.

A full slate of activities is planned, beginning with Sooner Fan Fest at 11 a.m. The large interactive area, located just north of the stadium, is free to the public. As part of Fan Fest, the US Cellular Autograph Tent will host the 2004 OU football seniors signing autographs from 11:15 am to 12:15 p.m. Only one item is allowed per person.

Red/White game programs will be on sale for only $3 and include a 2005 Oklahoma football schedule magnet. Also, a limited number of 2005 posters and schedule cards will be available in kiosks located throughout the stadium. The poster is the first in a series of four celebrating 110 years of Sooner football. The remaining three posters are set to be released in August.

Pre-game festivities in the stadium include recognition of all former OU football alumni in attendance. At halftime, last seasons's award winners – Jason White and Jammal Brown – will be recognized for their achievements.

Advance tickets are $5. OU students with a valid OU ID will be admitted free of charge. Sooner Kid's Club members will also be admitted free with ID.

On the day of the game, tickets are $10.

Tickets are available online through the official Athletics Department website, SoonerSports.com, or from the Athletics Department Ticket Office in the Asp Avenue Parking Facility. Phone orders will be accepted at (405) 325-2424 or at (800) 456-GoOU.

The ticket office hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. On Saturday, tickets will go on sale at 9 a.m., at Gates 5 and 7. Most of those windows will be cash only to expedite the process. Will Call tickets will be available for pickup at 9 a.m., at the Athletics Ticket Office in the Asp Avenue Parking Facility.

Gates open at 11:30 a.m. Entrance into Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium will be available through Gates 1, 5, 7, 11 and 12. Seating will be available in the lower bowl. Concessions and restrooms will be available on the west, east and north side. In addition, it is recommended that fans have tickets in hand for the game or to arrive early to avoid long lines. Last year's spring game drew a crowd estimated at 31,000.


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