Stoops: "I was pleased"

The OU season got under way this week as the players reported to campus on Sunday and then went through their first practices on Monday. By all accounts it looks like things have gotten off on the right foot.

When it is over 100 degrees outside it may make some sense to ease in to some things out on the practice field, but Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops admits that his team worked on almost every facet of the game during their first workouts on Monday.

"We worked on just about everthing, every part of the game. I saw a lot of good things. There was excellent carry over from spring practice and that's always something you look for in your early August workouts. The guys really looked good."

"We worked on the no-huddle some. I was pleased."

The coaching staff at OU is known for having well conditioned athletes and even though the temperature was described by the weather guys as being blistering, Stoops says his players showed no ill effects.

"The heat was no factor at all. They've worked out in this heat for a lot of the summer."

The incoming freshman are getting heir first taste of what it takes to be a member of the squad. Stoops says that they took a long hard look at a number of the newbies.

"We got a chance to look at a lot of young guys. We would like to play every one of them this season if that's the way it work outs."

One question that fans have been asking on the message boards is how the kicking and punting game is going to develop heading in to the fall, and Stoops kept up with the optimism on that front as well.

"I thought our specialists looked good. We've got a couple new long snappers (James Winchester, Ben Hampton) and both of them were impressive."

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