The Oklahoma football team returned to the practice field Monday after taking Sunday off and went through a spirited two-hour workout in full pads.
Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops announced officially after practice that junior quarterback Jason White would be the Sooners' starter on Aug. 30 against Tulsa.
"As a staff, we sat down over the weekend and went over a lot of things that deal with playing quarterback and felt that Jason deserved to be the starting quarterback," said Bob Stoops. "It certainly wasn't an easy decision for us, because both Jason and Nate Hybl are having great camps and Nate has looked better than he ever has since he arrived at OU.
"In many ways it just comes down to a feeling that we are a little better off with Jason on the field for us right now. However, we feel fortunate to have a quarterback as talented as Nate as our back-up."
The Sooners are a banged up football team right now and the walking wounded were out in full force this morning a several starters on offense and defense were held out with with minor ailments.
Defensive starters Tommie Harris, Brandon Everage and Lance Mitchell all dressed but did not workout with the team. Sophomore wide receiver Mark Clayton did not practice with the offense.
Dusty Dvoracek, who has missed most of the two-a-day workouts while still recovering from shoulder surgery, was back today and rotated with Kory Klein, Lynn McGruder and Jacob Hager on the defensive line.
Gayron Allen stepped in for Lance Mitchell at middle linebacker and Michael Thompson replaced Everage at safety. Thompson took a lot of heat from Mike Stoops for not knowing his assignments and was sent to the sidelines at one point and replaced by Matt McCoy.
Offensive lineman Jerod Fields, defensive back Darren Stephens and receiver JeJuan Rankins also held out of practice today.
Rankins has a partially torn MCL, which may close the deal on him redshirting this season. No surgery is required, but the true freshmen is expted to be out for the next four to six weeks.
The Oklahoma offense seemed to fare much better this morning in the short-yardage situations against the first team defense, which pleased the OU coaches on several occassions.
With Clayton held out of practice, Will Peoples and Brandon Jones got a chance to run with the first-teamers more and both did not dissappoint. Both Jones and Peoples seemed to be open all day catching balls and Chuck Long praised Jones for his route running at one point.
Jason White got off to a shaky start in the pass skel drills and was intercepted twice by Antonio Perkins. White rebounded and finished with a near perfect performance hitting Will Peoples, Brandon Jones, Trent Smith and James Moses on consecutive plays.
Toward the end of practice OU's first team offense had a little fun when working on goal line situations against the scout team defense. Long instructed the team to celebrate after each score and at times you could hear the Sooners' Offensive Coordinator yelling, 'Touchdown Oklahoma!' while lifting his arms up to signal a touchdown. The quarterback and the other players then ran into the endzone to slap whoever scored the touchdown on the helmet. Needless to say, it was a rather amusing moment after such an intense practice.
The Sooner will work out again this evening at 6pm.
Stoops says White will start
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