Monday Practice Notes

On Monday evening the Sooners held their second and final open practice of fall camp and of course Sooners Illustrated was on hand to witness all of the action. here are some news and notes from what we observed...

We are going to start off with special teams, because I am just that encouraged.Tress Way was booming punts. His last attempt was about 60 in the air on an angle. And Jimmy Stevens and Way were both very accurate on field goal attempts.I believe they were perfect on all of their attempts from 47 and 52 yards out.

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Gerald McCoy and Rashad Hutchins had a dance off during stretches. I think Hutchins edged him, but McCoy has moves for a big man. Gerald McCoy and Rashad Hutchins had a dance off during stretches. I think Hutchins edged him, but McCoy has moves for a big man.

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Former Miami (FL) head coach and current University of San Antonio head coach Larry Coker, a native of Okemah, was on hand watching practice.

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DeMarco Murray is back out going through drills he did not go through the live action, but he did participate in some drills and catch some punts.

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Tavaris Jeffries, David King, and Cordero Moore were out of practice. Eric Mensik went down with some kind of injury as well.

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Mike Balogun went through drills, but was not in the mix on team drills. A sign? I hope not...

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DE Frank Alexander continues to be unblockable. This guy is just an animal. He had two great plays in the backfield, forcing a fumble and collecting a QB sack.

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Jermie Calhoun made another great run on the first "scrimmage" play. He shows a savvy to find the hole and get through it. I don't know if anybody is too enthused about tackling him.

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The biggest play may have come from Quinton Carter who just exploded on Matt Clapp, who was having a great run before he got shellacked. Needless to say words were exchanged, but I don't think the "predator" will be missing any opportunities to hit somebody. Practice or not.

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R.J. Washington came all of the way from the east side of the field to the west side and recovered a fumble on what I recall was a hit by Gabe Lynn that forced the ball loose.

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Tom Wort started off the first snap at MLB, but Ryan Reynolds went with the 1's the second time around and looked to be running with the 1's more often than not. Wort kind of mixed it up with Donald Stephenson following a play.

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I had the starting defense looking something like this:
             44  |  93  |  86  |  33
2						1
	       22       4      28

		  27	    20	


I had the starting offense looking something like this:
85	       18  | 71  |  74  |  77  |  76  | 70	      80 
	17		      	 14
				 
                                 23 	

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Sophomore tight end James Hanna had a nice reception from Sam Bradford over the middle of the field for one of the day's best gains.

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Jermaine Gresham lined up a lot as the outside receiver. Not a surprise, but still nice to think about his huge frame making big time plays deep down the field.

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Emmanuel Jones was back out getting in work at safety. I did not notice him getting reps the last open practice.

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There was a moment that the freshman class of Gabe Lynn, Marcus Trice, Javon Harris and Demontre Hurst were all out on the field together.

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Not a lot of talk has been made about Jamarkus McFarland out there, but he looked pretty good too me in the snaps I saw him on yesterday. he is strong and made a huge hit on Jermie Calhoun, planting him in the backfield.

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Jameel Owens made a nice catch underneath of Javon Harris and made a couple of jukes before fumbling the ball.

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Ronnell Lewis was backing up at WLB and on one play he smoked Brandon Crow almost as hard as Carter smoked Clapp.... almost.

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Marshall Musil had a cople of nice runs, but was getting some extra attention in blocking drills when he gave up the inside that could have resulted in a missed assignment and QB sack in a real game.

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