Football team works out in new indoor facility

News and notes from Monday's practice inside the new 7.7 million indoor practice facility

The Oklahoma football team held their first workout inside the new indoor practice facility today. I had a chance to see it for the first time and I must say that I was very impressed with the 7.7 million dollar building.

It is huge with a full 100-yard indoor field inside. The grass is artificial turf that is very similar to what is used at Nebraska, Oklahoma State and Tulsa. The Sooners is rubber based and bought from a company owned by former OU Head Coach Barry Switzer. The players seem to love the turf and didn't have any problems running on it. Actually, the turf will be better once it settles down some and once it is played on a few times.

Both the offense and the defense were able to workout at the same time indoors, something that the two units couldn't do in the old indoor facility. There is plenty of room on the sidelines as well. The roof is so high that the Sooners can throw the ball with no problem and kickoff as well. A few punts may hit the roof, but most of them will be OK.

The building will also be used in the summer for pro scouts to workout the Sooner players and the it will be a big boost for the Sooners during their summer camps as well. In recruiting, I expect to the building to pay big dividends in signing some of the nations top prospects.

Bob Stoops always would rather work outside, but it is getting colder and he doesn't want to get his players sick. The indoor facility is awesome and it will really benefit the Sooners in a grand number of ways.

At practice today Nate Hybl threw the ball well and looked downfield often. Quentin Griffin was running hard and catching the ball well out of the backfield. Will Peoples made a number of great catches and he has really come on at a pass receiver.

Former OU Head Coach Barry Switzer was watching practice and I had a chance to talk to him for quite a while. He loves Paul Thompson as a quarterback and feels he will be the Sooners starter next year. He also loves KeJuan Jones a great deal, but does wonder why Renaldo Works doesn't get a few more carries a game.

Switzer says the OU receivers are beginning to look like pro football receivers.

Coach Switzer is confident that OU will win on Saturday, but he says that Colorado has always been an outstanding football program.

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