The Oklahoma football team beat the heat once again.
The Sooners worked out in shorts, shoulder pads and helmets under cloudy, overcast skies and 70 degree temperatures for two hours Friday morning.
It was a typical non-contact practice for Oklahoma with the offense working on a variety of running plays out of the spread and the defense working on lining up in their ‘dime' defensive sets.
One moment during practice that was full contact came during the one-on-one drills between the offensive and defensive lineman.
Calvin Thibodeaux went straight at Wes Sims on one play, standing him up and then taking him straight to the ground while landing on top of him. Words must have been said during the exchange and the two tussled until several coaches could separate them.
Also impressive against the offensive lineman was true freshmen Zach Latimer. Latimer split time between the defensive ends and linebackers Friday morning. On two straight plays Latimer made redshirt freshman Brett Rayl look like he was standing in quicksand, beating him straight off the edge on the first play and then faked outside and blew by him on the second play.
Latimer then showed his versatility when working with the scout team defense at linebacker making a great interception while dropping back in coverage. Latimer may not play as a true freshmen, but watching him make plays as a defensive end and linebacker, you can't help to think that he may be the next Jimmy Wilkerson.
Redshirt freshmen Eric Bassey is the ‘dimeback' in OU's ‘dime' defense and was impressive Friday morning drawing praise from the defensive players and coaches. Bassey may not completely fill the shoes of Roy Williams, but his feet still seem to do quite nicely.
Bassey is cat-quick blitzing off the edge and has a knack for batting down passes with his great leaping ability. He is also very good in coverage. Bassey made an impressive play when he stepped in front of Laenar Nixon on a crossing route over the middle and made a nice int.
Paul Thompson and Noah Allen continue to rotate as the third string quarterback with Brent Rawls still out of practice with a hand injury. Thompson worked with Nate Hybl and Jason White yesterday against the scout team defense, but today it was Allen who got reps with the first team while Thompson worked against the scout team.
Three notable starters — Tommie Harris, Brandon Everage and Trent Smith — did not practice today. Harris and Everage dressed, but did not go through any of the team or position drills. Harris spent much of the morning riding the back and doing drills with a medicine ball, while Everage observed from the sidelines. Everage dinged up his shoulder during Wednesday's scrimmage, but needs a couple of days off for it to fully heal.
Trent Smith's status is unkown at this time. James Moses filled in for Smith at tight end.
And last but not least, is it possible that both Travis Wilson and JeJuan Rankins could see time at receiver before sophomores Will Peoples and Brandon Jones? Both have been more impressive during two-a-days and both got more work with the first team then Jones and Peoples with the first team. That may or may not be an indication of the depth chart this fall, but Stoops appears to be giving the two freshmen a chance to prove they belong. Stay tuned.
Friday Morning Practice Report
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