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1. Exclusive Practice Reports

  • Stoops said linebacker Tom Wort is so much farther along than a year ago, and he noticed it on the first day. "It's not even close," Stoops said.
  • There's eight guys on the field that can call the signals defensively, so Stoops isn't worried about that part of the equation after losing linebacker Travis Lewis.
  • That said, Stoops didn't sugarcoat the loss: "You know, there's no way around it. It's an incredible blow to us. You know, I'm not going to deny that. Travis is a great player, so it definitely makes a difference."
  • He explained the injury more. Lewis cracked a small bone in his left big toe during the Oklahoma drill. It's not a weight bearing bone, however. Stoops actually had a similar injury but it wasn't in the big toe.
  • The team has worked special teams and kickoff coverage more, but it really just still comes down to guys making plays. Kickers Jimmy Stevens and Michael Hunnicutt are "really much better than a year ago, not even close," Stoops said, and punter Tress Way continues to hit the ball really well. He's had as many 70 yarders as 50 yarders so far.

2. Sooner Magic Insider Reports

Charles Tapper's commitment to the Sooners was a bit of a surprise especially when you consider that he hasn't ever been to Norman. Tapper is a bit of an unknown to Sooner fans so we decided to talk with Bob Lichtenfels, Scout.com National Recruiting Analyst from the east coast to see what all he could tell us about the Sooners 12th commitment.

Lichtenfels has seen Tapper in person and had quite a bit of positive things to say about the 6-foot-4 and 245-pound defensive end, including the fact that he has plenty of potential.

"I have seen him at camps and he is a freak athlete," Lichtenfels began. "He is very raw and lacks experience but that is good in a way as well because he hasn't picked up a lot of bad habits. He dominated at defensive end down in San Antonio at the U.S. Army All-American Combine against some very good offensive lineman and he still has no idea of how good he can be. Every rep he takes is a learning experience for him. He has tremendous upside."

Tapper has mentioned before that he may take some visits and we all know how that never sits well with the Sooner coaching staff. Tapper says he is sure he is coming to Oklahoma and he very well may end up in Norman but like Lichtenfels says, it's never a done deal until NSD arrives and his name is on the dotted line of an Oklahoma LOI.

"Tapper has played one year of high school ball and this whole process is new to him. In this day and age of recruiting I never believe anyones decision is final until Letter Of Intent day when they sign and fax their letter of intent's. If he has a big senior season there will be a lot of people on him," Lichtenfels said.

Should Tapper decide to take some visits to some other programs you have to wonder when or if he will get a talking to from Coach Stoops and Co. about standing by his commitment. Tapper is planning to visit Norman soon so will that be what it takes to convince him that visits to other schools will not be needed?

3. Featured Stories:
Tragic Loss Still Stings Sooners
Jones Grasps Attention as More Vocal Leader

4. A Number of Interviews (All Sports & Recruiting):
Practice Update: Co-OC Jay Norvell
Sooner Caravan Chat: Head Hoops Coach Lon Kruger


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