OU Football Notebook (11-25-08)

A look at some of the notable notes and quotes surrounding this week's grid iron match-between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Oklahoma State Cowboys…

Bradford the Heisman front-runner?

After Saturday night's performance against Texas Tech it would make sense that Sam Bradford is the front-runner for the Heisman Trophy award that is given away to the nation's best player.

"Sam Bradford was exceptional, throwing for over 300 yards and four touchdowns, that's pretty darn efficient," said OU head coach Bob Stoops.

Bradford has now thrown for 3,710 yards and 47 touchdowns is should most likely be the leader heading in to this weekend's match-ups, but all of the teams focus is on OSU.

"You know, it's not something we're even thinking about, and I'm sure Sam isn't either," stoops added. "All we're thinking about right now is going to Oklahoma State and let's get ourselves in position to hopefully play well."

Franks coming of age

Sophomore corner back Dominique Franks has been making miraculous strides on the field this season, and he feels like he is starting to come in to his own out on the field.

He has had a couple of returns for touchdowns in 2008, and he almost had another in the Texas Tech game when he came broke up a pass from Graham Harrell that was intended for Michael Crabtree.

"I thought I had it," Franks said of the play. "I knew I was real close to the sideline, so I wanted to bat it down and at least make it to where the receiver couldn't catch the ball."

"I wish I could replay that, but we got the ‘W' and that's all that matters."

OSU brings the house

Oklahoma State has struggled through the years defensively, but under new defensive coordinator Tim Beckman they are starting to give teams more to think about.

"Texas is playing as good as anybody and they go to Austin and hold those guys to 28 points," said OU offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson.

"They bring multiple and I don't know if there is a coverage or corner blitz that they don't like – I mean they do it all."

"It is going to be a challenge assessing the defense"," Wilson added. "They have created the second most turnovers in the league. Coach Beckman does a great job."

Is Dez Bryant the most talented receiver the Sooners have faced in ‘08?

Oklahoma State hit a definite home run when they were able to sign Bryant out of high school. So far this year he has hauled in 68 passes for 1,222 yards and 16 scores.

"He is an unbelievable player," Brent Venables said. "There is nobody in the country that is better than Dez Bryant going up to get the football. He is incredibly strong – great ball skills – knows how to time things up. He is going to be an incredible challenge."

"He is a great player with the ball in his hands. They obviously recognize it. They get him in there on returns. What a great explosive returner he is as well. He is just an incredible player."

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