Does Oklahoma have an offense?
That was the question on many Sooner fans minds before and after Saturday's scrimmage, which saw the first team offense struggle to move the ball against Oklahoma's first team defense.
There's not many teams on Oklahoma's schedule that will move the ball on the Sooners' defense, but don't tell that to Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops. Stoops was not pleased with what he saw from Oklahoma's offense Saturday.
"I was really disappointed in the toughness coming out and the way they began the scrimmage with false starts, dropping the football and interceptions. It was really embarrassing," said Stoops.
"There were positives, but again, I am not very pleased at all with how the offense came out of the locker room. If we come out of the locker room like that against anybody we play, we'll be behind by about 28 points. Hopefully, we'll learn something from it."
Jason White was the first quarterback to take the reigns of the first team offense and struggled against OU's first team defense.
On the first series, a White pass went through the hands of Anwtone Savage and into the hands of Antonio Perkins, who returned it 28-yards for a touchdown. White was also intercepted by Andre Woolfolk on another series, when he severely underthrew a receiver 30-yards downfield.
But despite his two interceptions, the junior from Tuttle bounced back to complete 10 of his last 12 attempts and lead the first team offense on two scoring drives against the second team defense.
On the first scoring drive, White hooked up with tight end Trent Smith for a 2-yard score in the corner of the end zone on a play-action pass. White then threw a beautiful sideline route to Curtis Fagan, who beat true freshmen Jason Carter, for a 37-yard touchdown. Fagan was the Sooners' leading receiver with four catches for 59 yards.
White finished 10-of-14 for 118 yards, but again, most of that damage came against the second unit. Senior quarterback Nate Hybl, who primarily worked with the second team offense, completed 13-of-25 passes for 121 yards.
"It isn't real fair when we go ones against ones," Stoops said of OU's first team offense having to face the top defense. "We see them everyday. We pass skel with them, work inside with them and do team situations against them. We're so used to seeing them that they're at a real disadvantage."
"The offense picked it up, which is a positive," Stoops said. "The quarterbacks overall threw some decent balls. They seemed to do pretty well. They had some drops, but overall I thought they were pretty good."
Stoops names team captains
Before the start of Saturday's scrimmage, it was announced that Trent Smith, Jason White, Quentin Griffin, Teddy Lehmanand Andre Woolfolk would serve as the team's captains in 2002. The captains were picked on a vote from the players on Friday.
If there was ever a controversy as to who will be Oklahoma's starting quarterback, the announcement of Jason White as a captain over Nate Hybl should end all of the discussion. Bob Stoops still insists that he hasn't decided on a quarterback yet, and that they will continue to evaluate each players' performance during two-a-days. But this news, coupled with the fact that White continued to take a majority of the snaps with the first string during Saturday's scrimmage is all you need to know on who will be the starter on August 30 against Tulsa.
A kicker emerging
Freshmen walk-on Trey DiCarlo is beginning to emerge in the race to become Oklahoma's starting kicker on field goals, extra points and kick-offs. Stoops told the media after the scrimmage that the freshmen from Carrollton was beginning to pull away from junior college All-American Steve Sarrubi. DiCarlo hit eight of his 11 attempts, including a long of 52-yards, and consistently boomed several kickoffs into the endzone.
Punter Blake Ferguson averaged 44.7 yards per punt on six attempts in Saturday's scrimmage. The sophomore from Tulsa also knocked three punts inside the 20 yard line and two inside the 10 while kicking from the 50 yard line.
Safety Brandon Everage was the only noticeable holdout of Saturday's scrimmage. The junior dinged up his shoulder during last Wednesday's scrimmage and was held out for precautionary reason. Everage is expected to be fully recovered in time to start in the season opener. Michael Thompson replaced Everage as one of the Sooners' starting safeties alongside Antonio Perkins.
Oklahoma isn't afraid to play freshmen, and it appears they will play several again this season. None of them may have the impact of a Tommie Harris last year, but several are expected to play key backup roles.
Travis Wilson will play on special teams and get reps as a backup receiver. Cornerback Michael Hawkins is running with the second team defense, along with safety Brodney Pool. Calvin Thibodeaux has worked his way into OU's fourth best defensive end behind Jimmy Wilkerson, Jonathan Jackson and Dan Cody. And last but not least, walk-on Trey DiCarlo is now expected to take over the kicking duties.
White- 10-14, 118 yds (2TD, 2INT); Hybl- 13-25, 121 yds; Thompson- 0-3.
Estus 6-37; Griffin 8-33; Jones 10-29; Works 4-18; Hickson 2-15; Hybl 8-14; White 2-(-6); Thompson 1-2.
Fagan 4-59 (1TD); Savage 3-41; Peoples 3-37; Moses 3-34; Smith 3-24 (1TD); Donley 2-17; Works 1-9; Chester 1-5; Estus 1-5; Clayton 1-3.
Allen, 12; McCoy, 7; Pool, 6; Lehman, 6; Chambers, 5; Ingram, 5; Shelby, 5; Mitchell, 5; Simms, 3; Poteat, 3; Carter, 2; Bassey, 2; Thompson, 2; Hammer, 2; Perkins, 2; Klinck, 2; Alexander, 2; Dennison, 2; Hawkins, 2; Joseph, 2; Cody, 2; Hager, 2; McGruder, 1; Harris, 2; Miller, 1; Hilaire, 1; Wilkerson, 1; Jackson, 1; Paddyson, 1; Thibodeaux, 1 Jones, 1.
Antonio Perkins 28-yard interception return.
Trent Smith 2-yard pass from Jason White.
Curtis Fagan 37-yard pass from Jason White.
Jerad Estus 10-yard run.
Defense dominates second scrimmage
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