or the second straight practice the Oklahoma football team had the pleasure of not practicing in the mid-90 degree temperatures that they struggled last weekend.
The Sooners worked out in helmets and shoulder pads for the second time on Monday for over two hours.
Tommie Harris was held out with a minor leg strain. J.D. Runnels and Blake Ferguson were also held out with groin pulls and Dusty Dvoracek worked sparingly with a toe problem.
New offensive line coach Kevin Wilson continues to tweak his first unit while looking for the right combination.
To begin practice, the Sooners' first team o-line consisted of Vince Carter, Wes Sims, Mike Skinner, Jammal Brown and Brad Davis.
Sophomore's Jerod Fields and Jammal Brown were the most impressive lineman today by far for Wilson. Both were dominant during the inside drills and Fields quickly earned a promotion to the starting left guard spot, Davis, midway through practice.
Brown is a player who has been off and on as far as his ability since spring practice. Brown was definitely on today, but Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops is still taking a wait and see approach.
"He was pretty good, but he's got a long ways to go," said Stoops on Brown. "He did okay. We've got a lot of two-a-days to go through. We'll see how does the rest of two-a-days."
Freshmen receiver Travis Wilson continues to get a look with the varsity receivers. The true freshmen from Carrollton, Texas made some good catches on slant routes playing the slot behind Antwone Savage. Wilson spent most of the practice working with fellow second team receivers Brandon Jones and Will Peoples. Curtis Fagan, Antwone Savage and Mark Clayton continue to line up with the first team.
For the first time this fall Nate Hybl and Jason White split equal time with the first team offense.
White would always go first, but Hybl would come in and get an equal amount of snaps with the first unit. This rotation opened the door for the Sooner coaching to get more of look at Brent Rawls, who took all of the reps with the second unit and actually got more reps then any OU quarterback this evening.
All three quarterbacks have different styles and that was evident tonight.
White seems to take more gambles throwing the ball into coverage. He was aggressive throwing the ball downfield and got passes knocked down by Derrick Strait and Antonio Perkins. White also continued to get out on the edge and show his scrambling abilities. Sometimes White will force plays on the run but on other attempts he'll find Trent Smith open in the seam for a big gain.
Hybl was his usual conservative self, but moved the offense this evening. He hit Quentin Griffin in the flat for a 40-yard touchdown in the early portion of team drills and also hit Mark Clayton on a 17-yard out route.
White came back later in the practice and hit Griffin, who burned Teddy Lehman, in the corner of the end zone for a 35-yard pass during the skelly drills. White seemed to perform better in the skelly drills this afternoon.
Oklahoma continues to juggle their starting secondary. Brandon Everage and Antonio Perkins worked as the safeties along with Strait and Andre Woolfolk at the corners. When the Sooners go to the nickel package Eric Bassey comes in as the fifth defensive back.
Perkins continues to work at both safety and corner. When the Sooners decide to play Perkins at corner or in the nickel or dime, Michael Thompson takes his place at safety.
"It's really not that difficult," said Perkins on switching from corner to safety and back to corner at different times.
"It's all a matter of how I play angles on the pass. At safety I have different angles then on at corner and I have to be aware of those angles. I feel like I have cornerback down. That's why I'm concentrating on safety because that's kind of new to me."
Perkins also commented on the Sooners tremendous depth in the defensive backfield.
"We basically have two great units in the secondary. We can play both units and shut people out." said Perkins. "That's what pushes the team. We realize we have two great units."
Jowahn Poteat and Michael Hawkins worked as the second team corners today, while Matt McCoy and Thompson worked at safety. Gayron Allen and Clint Ingram were the second team linebackers. Jonathan Jackson and Dan Cody shared time on the second unit while they continue to battle for the other first team defensive end spot while Kory Klein and Lynn McGruder worked with the second unit at defensive tackle.
Both Cody and Jackson continue to battle for the starting defensive end spot alongside Jimmy Wilkerson. And it's a good problem to have because both have been very impressive thus far.
Jackson had a good day rushing the passer picking up a sack in the team drills and Cody won the battle of the day in a one-on-one drill against Wes Sims. Sims is such a monster, but Cody used his sheer determination and virtually ran over Sims on route to the tackling dummy.
Other noticeable standouts... Brandon Jones had a solid day catching the ball and Lance Donley continues to make spectacular catches. Donley made a diving catch this morning and pulled in two more this evening.
OU also worked a new play this afternoon that should be interesting to see in the future. Josh Heupel and Quentin Griffin helped revolutionize the shuttle pass at Oklahoma. Well now, opponents will have to watch for OU's new wrinkle, a shuttle pass to the tight end. Stay tuned...
"Practice went well," said Bob Stoops after Monday's second workout. "I just want them to give a good effort. I want them to be solid and bear down. We're progressing nicely."
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