After Saturday's 68-0 win over UTEP and an off-week this weekend, Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops met with the media Tuesday during his weekly press luncheon to discuss the State of the Sooners.
Stoops said the teams' 95-yard drive to end the game against UTEP was the most pleasing aspect of the game for him. The fact that the second group moved the ball so well was very satisfying for him and the offensive coaches. OU had four true freshmen on the field in Paul Thompson, Abner Estrada, Davin Joseph and Travis Wilson and still did not make a mistake and executed the offense incredibly well.
The reason why 12 freshman are currently playing is because they have earned the right to play, according to Stoops. They have either moved up to second on the depth chart or they are starting, in the case of Trey DiCarlo and Jacob Rice, or they play a position where they still might get some playing time even if they are the fifth player at a position. Stoops said the Sooners believe that a player develops quicker if they are working with the varsity and game planning every week.
Stoops said Teddy Lehman is playing as well as any linebacker they have had at OU since Stoops came to OU, and that includes Torrance Marshall and Rocky Calmus.
The OU coaches are looking forward to Brent Rawls getting back out to practice at full speed, but Stoops pointed out that he will be in competition with Paul Thompson for the backup job. That job is not going to be given to him. Stoops said that Rawls would throw the football a little today on Tuesday.
The OU coaches have talked about giving Antonio Perkins a few possibilities on offense. However, Stoops said that wouldn't happen until next year. He pointed out it was Steve Spurrier Jr. who thought Perkins was better suited on defense, not as a wide receiver.
Stoops also pointed out that defensive tackle Lynn McGruder is progressing well and will continue to get major playing time.
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