Sooner Practice Update: Aug. 9

The Sooners got back on the field Monday for their fifth practice of preseason camp, and the offense and some of the special teams met with the media afterwards.

Here's some of the notable items.

--Running back Jonathan Miller is back from his season-ending injury last year against Texas A&M, when he tore his meniscus blocking during a kickoff.

"I think I'm pretty much near 100 percent here," Miller said. "I've been working hard doing all my rehab and stuff, so it's doing a lot better."

--The offensive line has a set five, with left tackle Donald Stephenson, left guard Stephen Good, center Ben Habern, right guard Tyler Evans and right tackle Eric Mensik, and while Evans thinks open competition is best for those spots, Habern said it's good to start meshing with the set group.

--Matt Moreland is working through academic issues, and when and whether he'll return is uncertain. Replacements for him will be either Tress Way or Michael Hunnicutt.

--Along with the obvious fact that the wide receivers need to improve in their games there, wide receivers coach Jay Norvell is looking for his group to operate better in special teams as well.

He's especially hoping for some of the youngsters fighting for playing time to make their mark that way.

"We weren't that good on special teams [last year]," Norvell said. "You know, Ryan [Broyles] was really the only one that impacted us on special teams last year, so these guys better get involved. They better cover punts and kicks and, you know, return on punts and kicks to really help us in some other aspect if they're not playing every other down."


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