Young Talents Get a Look

NORMAN, Okla. – The 64-0 trouncing of Idaho State allowed a number of players the chance to see their first action and a few of them relished in their first plays under the lights of Owen Field.

Tyler Evans:
Evans actually got his first start, so he would have seen a considerable amount of action no matter the score.

"It is going to remain competitive, really, every week" OU Head Coach Bob Stoops stated when asked about the shake-up along the OL.

"Certain guys need to continue to play well and if your not then we need to put someone else in there and it is going to remain competitive. As well as through practice throughout the week."

Cameron Kenney:
Kenney has been drawing some rave reviews for some of the solid plays he has been able to make in practice. He got his first catch on a 15-yard completion from Landry Jones.

"It was a dream come true. I have been waiting on this moment for a long time and to be able to come out there with the teammates and the way we played tonight, it was just an amazing feeling."

Stats – 1 reception for 15 yards

Jonathon Miller:
No one took advantage of the chance to play more than Miller. He averaged 9.8 yard per carry and was the second leading rusher with 88 yards. And he looked explosive doing it.

"He showed some burst and some speed. It was nice to see. Cale (Gundy) has been pretty excited about him," said OU offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson. "He was a little gimpy. I think he sprained an ankle in a high school all-star game, so he missed about half the pre-season because he was a little gimpy. He has got a good future and he looked well. I think Cale thinks that kid has the chance to be a really good player."

Stats – Nine carries for 88 yards and a touchdown

Jermie Calhoun:
Calhoun was a five-star recruit coming out of high school. He got one carry last week in the BYU game, but OU fans got to see the powerful back on more carries Saturday night.

Stats – 7 carries for 26 yards and a touchdown

Ronnell Lewis:
Lewis was playing eight-man football two years ago for Dewar High, so it was nice to see how far he has come in such a short time. He got a big safety and fellow linebacker Travis Lewis was excited to see the young pup succeed.

"I was excited. I was kind of teasing him on the sideline with some things I can't really say right now," Travis Lewis said with a laugh. "It is great to see him get in and get his first reps. I remember back when got my first reps. He has really embraced that position. He is going to be a player. He is huge. He is like the biggest linebacker we got as a freshman!"

Stats – Four tackles, two tackles for a loss, one sack and forced a safety

Marcus Trice:
Trice looks like he will be getting regular time on special teams, but he got to see some snaps at safety. But still his highlight of his night came when he blocked an Idaho State punt.

"I played safety my sophomore year and my junior year I played safety and corner," Trice said of his experience in the defensive backfield on the prep level. "When you play defense for as long as I have playing, defense is defense. You make tackles. You got to be in position to make plays and you have to be able to make plays."

Stats – One tackle and a blocked punt

Demontre Hurst:
Hurst made two huge tackles in kick coverage against BYU, but finally got the chance to see some time at corner against Idaho State. He gave up a couple of completions, but competed hard.

Stats – Two tackles and one pass break-up

The Rest:
Stacey McGee (1 tackle), Casey Walker (2 tackles, 1 TFL), R.J. Washington (.5 sack), David King (.5sack), Javon Harris. Jamell Fleming (4 tackles), Tavaris Jeffries, Jaydan Bird (1 tackle), Jamarkus McFarland (2 tackles), Jospeh Ibiloye (2 tackles), Lamar Harris, Emmanuel Jones, Daniel Franklin

"We don't just play young players just to play them," OU defensive coordinator Brent Venables said.

"I am really happy the two's came in and really got a lot of really good quality work, some valuable experience. Hopefully that will pay off building depth for down the road. Again they came out and played with a sense of pride."

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