Stoops on Monday's Practice

Oklahoma head football coach Bob Stoops spoke with the media after Monday's practice. Find out what he had to say on a variety of players and their progress.

Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops addressed the media on Monday after the team's first practice since returning from Spring Break. Here's what Stoops had to say on a variety of subjects:

When asked if there were any big hits or big plays:

"It was just OK. It was a little bit sloppy, probably from the break, but that's an excuse. Nothing exceptional today."

On the new guys in secondary:

"They're doing well. I'm pleased. I think overall (cornerbacks) Dominique Franks and Brian Jackson have really looked good and (strong safety) Quinton Carter is coming on some back there. They're doing OK. We're still a little bit thin without Nic (Harris) back there, but he'll be back."

When asked how the running back situation is working out without Chris Brown and DeMarco Murray taking part in spring:

"I'd like to see Chris and DeMarco out there, but I've got to admit I wouldn't have them in much live action. I've seen enough from those guys to know that they'll be back and ready to go and these guys are getting a lot of snaps they really need. I think it's really good for the guys that are in there."

On the progression of freshman RB Justin Johnson:

"Oh, he's still learning. He's really a great kid, working hard and doing well, but he's still learning. Like any running back, you're only as good as the guys that are helping, so we'll see."

On FB Matt Clapp, who is also spelling Johnson and Mossis Madu at tailback:

"Matt's doing well and carrying the load for those guys some and does a nice job in the one-back stuff. He can (make guys miss) a little bit, but he's got a lot of power to him. He had a great winter. I think he's really just improved his overall strength and the way he's worked out he's really prepared himself well."

On redshirt freshman defensive end Frank Alexander's progress:

"He's coming along. He's doing a lot of good things. He works hard at it and is a very conscientious guy. He's what you'd expect: He's a talented guy that with the more familiar he gets with everything, the better he'll be."

On injured wide receiver Ryan Broyles:

"We saw a lot of really nice things from him in those four days. He made some really nice plays, some big plays, so if he can keep doing things the right way and working hard in the other, you know in his lifting and keeping up with everything, he's got a chance to make a difference."

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