Good Preparing for 'Different Game'

With 45 pancake blocks in just two games under his belt, Oklahoma offensive line commitment Stephen Good is getting ready to put his skills to the test against the nation's best at next month's U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Sooners Illustrated caught up with him to see how is preparation is going.

It's a nervous time for Stephen Good and it has nothing to do with recruiting.

Good, a four-star offensive lineman from Paris (Texas) High School, has been committed to Oklahoma for 10 months, so he's not dealing with the down-to-the-wire pressure a lot of the nation's other top recruits are facing.

Instead, Good is thinking ahead to Jan. 5, 2008, when he suits of for the West team to play in the annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio.

"I'm preparing for that right now," he said. "I'm a little nervous. That's a whole different game."

Good missed all but the final two of Paris' games this season after tearing his labrum in spring drills.

But when he returned, there was little sign of rust as he served up more pancakes than IHOP.

"I think I had almost 45 pancake blocks in the two games," he said.

Good, rated the third best offensive guard in the country (though he plays tackle for Paris), was in Norman last weekend, along with several other Oklahoma commitments, during the OU football team's awards banquet.

"It was a really good time," he said. "They showed some of the work they did with the Children's Hospital and that was really impressive."

Good was hosted by freshman center Jason Hannon.

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