Monday 8/19 Evening Practice Report

Long, White and Hybl discuss quarterback decision; Pool impresses and much, much more...

The Oklahoma football team went through the longest of the summer two-a-day session Monday night in Norman.

The Sooners worked out for two hours and 20 minutes in helmets, shorts and shoulder pads in preparation for the final scrimmage Tuesday night.

Oklahoma spent a lot of time on fundamentals, as well as team assignment and responsibility work.

Junior quarterback Jason White was named the starter on Sunday and continued to get a ton of reps with the first unit.

White seemed to take the reigns of the Sooner offense with more confidence, and despite throwing two interceptions, looked very good running the Oklahoma attack.

White was asked after practice if he felt there is any added pressure now that he has been named the starter.

"Nope. I didn't have any pressure anyway," said White. "It was no different then last year. I was just trying to win the job. I'm going to be pushed by Nate (Hybl) and I have to play well each and every week."

Oklahoma Offensive Coordinator and Quarterback Coach Chuck Long also talked about the decision after practice.

"I think both quarterbacks give us a chance to win," said Long. "There's a lot more in a selection a quarterback. Nate has had a great camp, so obviously Jason has had to have a great camp."

"Jason has been very consistent for us in practice and that has been a key," Long continued. "He brings more mobility and because of his ability to throw on the run, it gives us a few more options to go with. I'm not necessarily talking about the running game I'm talking about moving in the pocket. Jason has proven that he's healthy and he has really thrown the ball well."

"I've just got to make the best of this situation," said Hybl, who despite losing the starting job continues to have great practices and take on a leadership role. "The decision has been made and whether I agree with it or not I respect it. I think Jason is an outstanding quarterback. I will do my best to push him and be ready to play in every single game this year."

"I don't know any other way to go about it," Hybl continued. "I'm a part of this team, so I have a responsibility to this team to be the best quarterback I can be."

Junior defensive end Jimmy Wilkerson sat out Monday night's workout while nursing a pulled groin. Tommie Harris was out with ice on his knee. Jejuan Rankins (knee), Dusty Dvoracek (toe) and Larry Birdine (knee) were also held out of practice, and sophomore offensive lineman Jerod Fields returned practice for the first time since last Wednesday.

True freshmen Davin Joseph switched from defensive tackle to offensive tackle for the first time and looked good in the one-on-one drills against the defensive lineman. Joseph came to Norman with the promise that he could start out on the defensive line, but it appears the Sooners may experiment with him at tackle, which is Joseph's more natural position.

Jammal Brown had another outstanding practice in the one-on-one drill against the defensive lineman.

Mike Skinner and Kory Klein had some classic battles while Dan Cody continued to dominate just about everyone he faced. Wes Sims was beaten badly by Cody, but rebounded to handle Jacob Hager and Jonathan Jackson. Lynn McGruder continues to make progress and had his way with Vince Carter on a couple of occasions.

Kejuan Jones continues to be the second running back getting reps behind Quentin Griffin, while freshmen J.D. Runells got some work at fullback on the first team.

White was impressive in the team blitz drill against the first team defense hitting Antwone Savage deep in the seam twice. White then threw threw two interceptions, but bounced back with a deep touchdown pass to Brandon Jones on a post route. Hybl also hit Jones for a touchdown, but Jones continued his inconsistent play by tipping a catchable ball into the hands of Jason Carter.

Travis Wilson is going to play this year and appears to have beaten out Ataleo Ford for the second team slot receiver spot behind Savage.

There is a reason why Brodney Pool moving up the depth chart and that's because the true freshmen from Houston loves to hit and compete. Pool doesn't care if it's full-contact or no-contact, he just goes all out all the time. On one play Pool collided with Lance Donley for a pass over the middle and knocked the ball away. Pool is currently running as the second team free safety.

The Sooners will go through a short workout tomorrow morning from 7:45 am to 9:00 am before going through their final major scrimmage Tuesday night at 6 pm.

Oklahoma will workout at the same time Wednesday morning and practice again Wednesday evening at 6 pm. Practice is closed to the public beginning on Thursday.

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