Monday Notes and Quotes

Monday marked the first two-a-day practice for the Sooners and in this update we take a look at some of the news, notes, and quotes from the defensive coaches following the morning sessions.

Brent Venables on practice:

"Very good. Very competitive. It was the first day of two-days for us, and it was very, very good. Great tempo, very physical, great practice."

Brent Venables on signing JUCO players:

"If it does not work out you get that scholarship back in a year and a half. That is another way to look at."

Brent Venables talks about if there is a mental change on the new age two-a-days:

"Not anymore. It is so much different. First and foremost you used to have eight or nine days in a row of two-a-days, sometimes even three-a-days when there is no limitations whatsoever."

Venables on a player who stuck out at Saturday's scrimmage:

"Joseph Ibiloye. For a young safety he is very instinctive, aware, smart, good strong tackler for a longer, leaner guy. Typically those guys take a little longer to get that poop and that punch to them. He showed up a lot (on film)."

Venables on the play of the linebackers:

"I was pretty pleased. I was not just like oh man everything is good, but pretty pleased. The perspective I have when I say that is that it is early for a scrimmage. They saw quite a bit and (I) asked them to do quite a bit, and they handled it okay.

"The management was not as good as I wanted. I am not necessarily pleased with that. The physical play aspect was good, very good. We definitely feel like we have the guys. To what degree and what level we will see."


Auston English looks like he will be ready to go in about one week.

Joseph Ibiloye is working at free safety, and is expected to get some work early on. His brother plays at TCU, so that could be an interesting match-up.

Another interesting note on Ibiloye is that he was initially recruited at linebacker by Venables, but after Stoops saw him he said that he could play in the defensive backfield.

Stacey McGee is already working with the defensive tackles, and his weight is not an issue. It is better to be in great shape at the position, rather than overweight.

Adrian Taylor was mentioned as a name to watch along the defensive line.

Lendy Holmes has looked strong at corner, and while he has not quite returned to 2006 form, he is well on his way.

Gerald McCoy is trying to develop his game to become a complete defensive tackle, and is working more on his pass rush.

Venables said a lot of the defenses success will hinge on the play of Nic Harris, and that shows you just how much everyone is looking to him for leadership on that side of the ball.

John Williams being back has provided a lot of positives of the defensive line, and his mentorship has been a real bonus for the younger linemen.

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