Bob Stoops didn't like the intensity of his football team at today's scrimmage and called an unexpected team meeting following lunch at around 1:00 PM. From what I understand, Stoops lashed out at his teams' lack of concentration and intensity during the scrimmage, and demanded that they show him a better effort next week in two a-days and in Tuesday's scrimmage. The team then watched the scrimmage film together.
Offensive Line Coach Kelvin Wilson said on the KREF following the scrimmage that they held back a lot of their offense, just in case enemy eyes were in the stands. Most of what was held back is in the running game, and he pointed out if they had used it today the offense would have run the ball better.
What the offensive coaches were upset at more than anything else were the penalties and breakdowns, which forced the offense into long yardage situations. The lack of concentration is something the offense didn't show during the regular practice.
Freshmen that are playing there way into playing time are defensive backs Michael Hawkins and Brodney Pool, linebackers Wayne Chambers and Rufus Alexander, defensive end Calvin Thibodeaux, receivers Travis Wilson and JeJuan Rankins, center Abner Estrada and place kicker Trey DiCarlo.
Hawkins is battling Jowahn Poteat for the fourth cornerback spot, and even if he is the fifth he might travel.
Pool is showing so much talent that he leapfrogged Bobby Klinck and Terrance Simms, and is currently running as the second strong safety.
Estrada is running with the second team at center. OU would still love to redshirt him, but OU has to get a second team center ready and he may be the guy.
Thibodeaux is the fourth defensive end and OU would like to play four. However, they have three great ones in Jimmy Wilkerson, Jonathan Jackson and Dan Cody, and they could get by with playing three all year. They might travel Thibodeaux and get him ready to play, but still try and save his redshirt.
Freshman receiver JeJuan Rankins missed today's scrimmage because of a bruised knee, but he has been so impressive that he has a good chance to get into the rotation. Will Peoples and Brandon Jones have been solid, but they haven't shown anything that separate them from Rankins and Travis Wilson. Wilson is working in the slot and is battling Ataleo Ford for the second team slot. Wilson may have the edge, however it is not such a big edge that the OU coaches might not redshirt him. Same goes for Rankins.
Clint Ingram suffered a concussion today that may put him out for a while. This will thrust true freshman Wayne Chambers into the mix at middle linebacker. He has the size to play as a freshman, but odds are Ingram will get back and be the No. 2 guy.
Rufus Alexander is a tremendous athlete and if push came to shove, he would be named the second sting weakside linebacker over Gayron Allen. Allen has been impressive in practice and is showing that despite his size, he can be a solid linebacker at this level. As long as Teddy Lehman stays healthy the OU coaches could get away with playing Allen and redshirting Alexander if they thought that Alexander wouldn't receive much playing time.
Trey DiCarlo is the kicker. Done deal.
Jason White is the starting quarterback, but Nate Hybl has looked good in camp.
No captain deserved to be named more then senior Trent Smith. Smith is a great example of what a Sooner football player is all about and his love for OU and great work ethic is something that the OU coaches wish all the OU players had.
KeJuan Jones is pushing Renaldo Works and Jerad Estus for varsity playing time. Jones received a great deal of work with the first and second unit today, especially when 'Q' was held out for most of the second half of the scrimmage. The OU coaches feel that Jones is the best back on the squad with the football under his arm. And right now, he is the running back that they use in their short-yardage jumbo formation.
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