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Stoops says Sooners had most productive spring yet during his tenure at Oklahoma

By all accounts spring practice was a raging success for the Sooners. There wasn't a day that went by that the OU coaches didn't have a smile on their face and a growing confidence about them. The Sooners finished spring with no major injuries and several stars getting well.

Quarterback Jason White showed his character by going through 70 percent of the drills after coming off ACL surgery last winter. White has come along so fast from ACL surgery, that there is no question he will be ready for practice in early August.

All-American defensive tackle Tommie Harris was dominant through two-thirds of the workouts before he underwent minor shoulder surgery.

Derrick Strait went through non-contact drills after having shoulder surgery and Brandon Everage missed most of the spring with an injured arm.

Nose tackle Dusty Dvoracek missed all of spring with shoulder surgery and defensive end Dan Cody missed a week and a half with a pulled groin.

However, all of those players will be back at full strength when workouts begin in early August, giving the Sooners a tremendous advantage. While those players were out many young players were given their reps at practice and thrust in key situations. All held up well giving the Sooners a deeper football team in the fall.

"This was the best that we have had at Oklahoma yet," said OU Head Football Coach Bob Stoops on spring practice. "We couldn't have asked for anything better. Our quarterbacks were outstanding and seemed to get better with every practice. Our running game improved and the better physical nature of it was important to us this spring."

"We threw the ball downfield better and we developed some depth at wide receiver," Stoops continued. "Some of our key players were hurt on defense, but we proved that we have solid depth, because we played pretty well on defense the entire spring. When we get guys like Tommie Harris, Brandon Everage and Derrick Strait back into the lineup we feel we can be as good as we were last year on defense."


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