VU Daily Blog: 7/8/10

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Thursday, July 08, 2010 at 3:38:00 PM

Vikings' Ride for Life benefit starts Saturday morning

The Vikings' 16th annual Ride of Life, a benefit for the Vikings Children's Fund, kicks off at Mall of America Field at the Metrodome on Saturday morning.

Current and former Vikings players, cheerleaders and Viktor the Viking will sign autographs and Red Bull Team Rider Aaron Colton will perform motorcycle stunt exhibition shows at 9:45 and 10:40 a.m. in the main parking lot. Day of registration opens at 8:30 a.m. and the cost to participate is a $10 donation to the Vikings Children's Fund. Over $20,000 in prizes, including $5,000 in cash, will be awarded.

At 11:30 a.m., all bikes will depart on a 24-mile trek to Shakopee. All motorcycles are welcome to participate in the Ride for Life. The event is supported by the Minneapolis Police Department and A.B.A.T.E. of Minnesota.

For more information, call 952-828-6577.

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Thursday, July 08, 2010 at 8:21:00 AM

Sooners stick together for camp

Former Oklahoma Sooners offensive line teammates Jon Cooper and Phil Loadholt joined forces this week to give back to Cooper's high school in Colorado. Cooper was putting on his first Fort Collins High School Youth Football Camp and Vikings teammate Phil Loadholt helped him out.

Of course, Cooper and Loadholt had very different seasons last year. Cooper, an undrafted rookie, started the season on the practice squad for the first four games, was active for three games and played only one snap.

"Learning the system is the biggest part," Cooper told the Coloradoan. "In the NFL, the mental game is huge. Last year at this time, my head was swimming just thinking about training camp and going full speed against those guys. Last year, I had to think about what I was doing. This year, it's kind of second nature."

Loadholt, on the other hand, started all but one game (because of a leg injury) and quickly established himself at right tackle. But the second-round draft choice was quick to point out one of the differences in the tale of the two Sooners' rookie seasons with the Vikings.

"Playing center and playing tackle is a lot different," Loadholt said. "Not too many guys come into the NFL and start at center their first year. He's got a lot more responsibilities than I do.

"Jon's a great player. He was Big 12 offensive lineman of the year (in 2008). You name it, he's done it. I definitely expect to see a lot more out of him this year."

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