Q&A with OU head coach Bob Stoops

"My man Patty (O'Hara)? Not a lot other than he's a great kid here. He's got a huge leg that we've been watching really all year. And it's just, you know, I thought about going with him earlier, and as soon as I do, there would be some practices where he loses control of that big, strong leg."

On Monday's practice:
Normal Monday in the indoor

On what he can say about walk-on kicker Patrick O'Hara:
My man Patty? Not a lot other than he's a great kid here. He's got a huge leg that we've been watching really all year. And it's just, you know, I thought about going with him earlier, and as soon as I do, there would be some practices where he loses control of that big, strong leg. And then you think, well, he's not ready for it all, and then, but again these other guys haven't been near as consistent as I think they need to be, so I just felt the other night was a good opportunity to see what he can do, so I'll just see how it goes.

On the range with his leg:
Oh, he's got a huge leg. You know, he's got the strongest leg out there.

On O'Hara's reaction when he told him he was going in:
I told him, I said, ‘Patty, warm up; you're in next.' And he said, ‘I'm ready, Coach.' So, I told him before the game, though, that the longer ones, anything real long, I was going to for sure go with him, so he's the kind of guy that seems to handle it well.

On the fact that O'Hara hadn't played football much:
No, David White kind of had found him, or he had contacted Coach White and talked about wanting to walk on, and we said sure, come on.

On if it's an open competition at the kicker position:
Yeah, we'll see how they go through the week.

On who's designed the new uniforms for this week:
Nike. They show you here are some options, and which ones do you like the best or you feel are closest to, you know, resembling what some of our throwbacks were like. Between myself and Joe Castiglione for a final approval.

On what he thinks about the uniforms:
I don't know. I haven't looked at them. I'm sure if it's Nike stuff, it's good.

On Nike:
I will say that we love the Nike Product. They've been fantastic with us. We love our uniforms, our equipment, our shoes, so, you know, we've got a great situation and working relationship.

On Adrian Peterson being their posterboy:
Yeah, I was in Nike Town in Chicago this summer with my children and wife, and we walk in, and there's a huge manikin of a.D. with the ball, you know, with the Sooner uniform on, and that was pretty neat. So, I took a picture with my kids with it, sent it to him, and then when I was leaving they had a football in it. And they had a football with the nose up, so I hit him, I said ‘That looks like poor ball security.' And he hit me back, ‘LOL, really funny. And I'll make sure I keep it high and tight.'

On if he's worried about Landry having to throw to a white helmet this weekend:
No, we'll have white helmets on in practice, and so we'll condition him that way. He's been throwing to white shirts. I mean, what's the difference? He never throws to a black helmet, though. It'd be something, now, if they had the same color helmet, then we could be in a little trouble there. But we will, I mean. We'll have the helmets on here during the week.

On the defenses are possibly catching up to the spread offenses since the scoring numbers are down:
Well, I think that's been obvious all year probably not just in our league, probably around the country. So, it's fair to say that understanding them and different wrinkles defensively to play them, and it's probably true for some. I don't know that everyone's defending them as well. You know, everybody's a little bit different. Some people are having more success than others.

On if more his more versatile linebackers dropping back into coverage and defensive backs being able to play linebacker are giving the spread problems:
I feel we have, yes, but I feel we have always recruited that way. It isn't like all of the sudden we're doing that. You know, I think always speed and matching up in space gives you a better chance, and I think we have, for the most part, played those types of teams well for that reason through the years.


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