OffensiveNotes Spring Notes/Open Post – Thursday, March 13th (UPDATE 5:15 pm)

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- We’ve got some offensive spring notes from Tuesday’s practice.

- We’ll start with the OL. A couple things of note there. Tyrus Thompson is still out, so in his place starting at LT was Derek Farniok. Much like JY has said in the past, our guy felt like Farniok would still be better suited as a RT. Our guy said he is a real road grader. He’s a mauler and he’s got some real nasty in him. He’s also pretty technically sound and has good knee bend for a kid that tall. However, being that tall it’s just tough to get the kind of knee bend you need to play LT.

- Ty Darlington looked good at center. He’s still undersized, but he’s technically sound and that makes up for some size issues. He commands the huddle well and was also able to get to the second level.

- A lot of people are very interested in seeing how Blake Bell is going to do at TE. He is currently running with the 1′s, while Isaac Ijalana and Taylor McNamara are splitting the 2nd team reps. It’s still too early to make any blanket judgments about what Bell can be as a TE, but all we can do is pass along our notes. And this will probably go against some of the other reports that have been out there. But, again, we’re just sharing what we know to this point and what our guy witnessed during Tuesday’s practice.

Bell has average route running ability right now, but he does seem to be improving. His blocking ability looks good so far. For a tall guy, he has a low center of gravity and his feet looked good in blocking situations. However, he struggled a lot catching the ball on Tuesday. He didn’t do the best job of adjusting to the ball and had a number of drops. The potential is there but, as expected, it’s going to take some time to really see where this can go.

- Ijalana looks good at a lot of things, but doesn’t necessarily stand out at any one thing. McNamara looks like he’s put on some weight, but still appears to be a below average blocker. There has been some improvement, but that part of his game still needs some more work. He is an above-average route runner. McNamara’s reps were limited because he took a crack back shot at Dom Alexander. He got chewed out and really didn’t get many reps after that.

- Dimitri Flowers looks like a guy who is going to contribute right away. He was being used as the H-back and looked pretty good. Showed a lot of the same tools that Trey Millard has, which is why that was such a popular comp during Flowers’ recruitment. Not on Millard’s level of course, but he showed flashes.

- Trevor Knight was of course 1st team QB, and he looks fantastic. He looks very comfortable commanding the offense.

- Baker Mayfield and Cody Thomas split the 2nd team reps. Both guys were able to move the ball, and Mayfield actually threw a 60-yard TD bomb to Austin Bennett.

- Justice Hansen had a few reps as well. He’s diagnosing pretty well for a kid his age, but there are still some concerns about his throwing motion/mechanics. “He kind of shot puts it” was how our guy described it.

- 1st team RB was Keith Ford, and he looks like a stud. He got a lot of reps and we were told he looks “tremendous.”

- Alex Ross got the second most reps. He looks like he’s added some weight in his lower body. He looks very explosive, but had a little trouble with his vision in practice. A few times he just couldn’t find the right crease, but that’s just going to take reps.

- The third most reps went to Daniel Brooks, followed by David Smith. Ed. note: Bare in mind, this was simply one practice and shouldn’t necessarily be used as an indicator as to where a particular guy (aside from the obvious, say like with Trevor Knight) may or may not fall on the depth chart at the moment.

- Derrick Woods really stood out at WR. He had a great practice. He’s very good route runner and has excellent ball skills. Looked like one of the top 2-3 receivers at that practice.

- Durron Neal looks like he can get open at will. He played some slot and some on the outside.

- Sterling Shepard looked excellent. He really stood out. He has unbelievable ball skills…will catch anything thrown in his vicinity. He’s incredibly quick and cannot be pressed/jammed at the line. He caught a 25-yard back shoulder pass.

- Dannon Cavil appeared to struggle some. Just seems to have difficulty getting in-and-out of his breaks.

- Austin Bennett is also starting to stand out. He’s got great straight line speed, and he can high point the ball. He had two TDs during the practice.

- The Sooners will practice again today (Thursday). Expect 2015 WR Ryan Newsome (Aledo, TX) to be at practice with his parents today. We asked him if he had any plans on committing today and he said no. Said he just wants to get his parents up there to see things.

- UPDATE (5:15 pm): We’re getting a few live notes from today’s practice/scrimmage. We’ll have more tomorrow. Dakota and Stanvon are running 1st team CBs today as Sanchez appears to be out today (nothing serious). Stanvon not looking great early but is starting to play better. He did just get beat on a shallow cross but should have had LB help. Dakota has looked good all around and Cortez also looks more comfortable.

- Also, they’re holding out Knight today (not injury related…they just want to give Cody and Mayfield some reps).  Told that Thomas is moving the ball well.

- Bond is working 2nd team Jack LB behind Geneo. This Geneo to Jack LB move is starting to look more and more serious. Bond with another sack today…”dude is a freak” is what we were told.

- Ross looking really good as 2nd team RB. David Smith is getting reps at 3rd team RB.

- Also, interesting note…Mike Onuoha is getting 2nd team reps today as a 4i DEnd instead of a stand up guy.

- Farniok still at LT. O-line seems to be winning battles as of right now.

- Sterling and Daniel Brooks taking punt returns.

 

 


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  • dahldennsull

    Interesting and somewhat disheartening to hear that Farniok is having to fill in at LT instead of Josiah St. John. From all we’ve heard, he is incredibly athletic and just needed time in the weight room and practice at the D1 level. I was hoping he could seal up the LT backup job and push to be the 3rd tackle off the bench, and possibly be the LT starter next year while we bring in young guys and train them up.

    I agree Farniok is better at RT, but without St. John progressing, you have to have a backup LT practicing (although like the Sugar bowl, would probably move Williams back over if a serious injury pushed out Thompson)

    • wolfbuilder

      I have a feeling that if st john wont work out this year bet we go after another juco

      • dahldennsull

        I think regardless of that, we might bring one in for numbers. Regardless, I’m hoping Frison takes his RS year seriously and makes a push to be the LT for 4 (3?) years and any JUCO help pushes the right side

        • Gary Robbins

          Just wondering on a slow day till practice is over with. Can anyone explain Quincy Russell?. Listed at 6-4/320 he was to be the big stud last year from junior college. Or maybe the studs in front of him are that much better. Is he hurt?

          • tforce

            If Phillips comes back healthy, Wade’s emergence, and the shift to the 3-man line with 0-tech, snaps are more limited and competition is stiffer.

            These factors may have made Russell redundant unless he really comes on.

          • Gary Robbins

            Thanks for the info. Since he is a senior that light switch had better switch on quick.

    • Stikboy

      Agreed. I noticed him on the sidelines of the Sugar Bowl and it appeared he still had a ways to go physically. You are right, and OU better pray that ALL these freshmen OLs come in ready to work, and are ready to play by ’15. OU probably needs to get a couple of midterm jucos THAT CAN PLAY, not these scrubs with offers from Mankato St.. If not ’15 will be a long, long year and we’ll have a vanilla offense and some beat up QBs…

    • nate g

      I fully disagree with those saying Farniok is a “mauler” and a “road grader”. To each his own.

      • Sonny Schovanec

        nate what do you base this evaluation on? Most of us are out of the loop. Obviously your in the know everything Sooners. Ive only seen this kid play against Okie State last year. You being at practice and everything give us your take on Farnoik. Has he not gotten more physical like TFB’s suggest> Give us your scoop.

      • Sonny Schovanec

        I assume his measurable are accurate since you do the roster. Derek is a big kid. But based on the past few practices you havent seen him being more physical?

        • nate g

          my last year with ou was 07, so i’m not first-hand anymore. need to get updates from others now!

  • Sooner Ray

    Not too concerned about the Rb’s, think we will be solid there. Wasn’t expecting Hanson to have throwing problems, hopefully Josh can get him ironed out mechanically. Looks like we may have got a bargain with Mayfield, Could turn out to be a solid backup in the future and for sure can push the D on scout team right now.

    • dahldennsull

      From the Rivals guys, they said they can already tell night and day difference in Hansen’s release, so Heupel is already working on it. Especially getting an extra spring to work, I don’t see this as an issue down the road

      • Jordan Esco

        I completely agree. It’s pretty common for h.s. QBs coming in to have to tweak their throwing motion. And Heupel is one of the best at working w/ guys to do so.

  • Jared Tyra

    I hope Blake figures it out, would love to see him crack the starting lineup this fall and excel. But I’m way too excited about our receivers haha, particularly our next jalen saunders (Bennett).

  • Doobie74OU

    If nothing else his size should make Bell a great Red zone target and if he has 10 -15 catches for 150 – 200 yds and 3-4 tds he will equal our TE totals from the last 3 years combined I think! Good to hear Ross is looking good at the #2 RB also think he may do well as a KR if he gets everything figured out mentally. Great news that several WR are looking so good shouldn’t be a position we need to worry about for awhile! Great Post and HAVE A GREAT DAY FELLOW BRAINIAC ADDICTS!

  • EasTex

    Thanks for another informative update.
    Can’t hardly wait to see the Sooners in the Spring game.

  • pitbull17

    Awesome stuff Braniacs! I’d love to hear from somebody with a pay site subscription to compare the type of information received here and on one of the other sites. I’d imagine you get just as much if not more from this site than anywhere else.

    • Jordan Esco

      I have a pay site sub and I can tell you they don’t have anything even remotely approaching this type of practice info.

      Granted that’s just one site and some would say I’m obviously biased given my affiliation w/ this site. But the facts are the facts as far as I’m concerned and I’ve yet to see this type of info elsewhere.

      • Gary Robbins

        Someone in another free forum questioned Rip’s info. They thought since it was under 275 that it meant he done 275 lbs. – 19 times and maxed out at 430.
        Could the TFB inside guru’s clear this up.

        • Jordan Esco

          That could very well be right.

      • Martin

        Nope, you’re right. I discontinued my sub.

  • OUknowitscomin

    Probably most excited to hear about Durron getting open at will and Derrick Woods really standing out. Those are critical elements for this year, or Bennett coming forward. Thanks guys.

    • soonerbred4ever

      Woods catch in the sugar bowl was incredible ! He looks fearless going over the middle. I will also be greatly surprised if one or two of our incoming freshmen receivers don’t get some playing time.

    • nate g

      I expect Neal and Woods to be the guys starting with Shep.

      • OUknowitscomin

        I think that’s the general thought, but I’ve been excited about Neal since HS. While he hasn’t made most of opportunities thus far, he’s also had extremely little action primarily due to Saunders emergence, understandably. With increased reps/time and maturity, I really look for him to break out this year…or. Woods is that guy that keeps getting forgotten over last years, but the fact that he’s still right there tells me a lot about his drive/will. He may just end up being the biggest surprise of all

  • Zack

    I hope the light comes on for cavil it would be nice for him and Andrews/Todd combination on the field.

  • Indy_sooner

    Amazing how much of a lock Shepard is at the slot. He is a SPECIAL player…
    The big surprise here is Mayfield. Went from a headscratcher of a transfer that coaches weren’t aware of, to rolling with the 2nd team and what looks like a legit backup option in the fall. It would be funny if he came in the TTU game and throttled his old team.

    All I hope for is that we stay injury free!!

    • Eric Hoffpauir

      Unfortunately, he’s not really a backup option in the fall, since he has to sit out a year.

      • Zack

        Dumb rule by the way. He’s paying his way.

      • Indy_sooner

        Forgot about that Eric. That blows

  • rphdenton

    Gentlemen………I’m curious, also, about mayfield. I like his story but he can’t play this yr. It would seem that thomas and hansen would be getting all the snaps allowed since there is a need for a strong backup to surface. Thoughts……..

    • Zack

      I would guess competition. Mayfield is probably more polished than the others also.

      • Jed

        It’s possibly as much about the defense as anything else. If you want to see what your D is made of, they’ve got to go against top notch opposition. Regardless of where Mayfield is in our QB lineup, he may give DB coachs a better tool to sharpen the defense against.

        • JJ

          This. Also, he is most likely going to be running as the qb against 1def for game prep with most big 12s

          • Jed

            which in turn makes him better….

          • JJ

            Meh … He’s a nice qb period. Good kid, smart kid. Lucked into the injury situation at TT. Clearly KK didn’t want to use a Scolly on him. He has the lowest ceiling of any qb on campus IMO followed his Pom Pom girlfriend to OU…

          • Jed

            I’ll never criticize a brother for obeying the little captain.
            Seriously, though, you say he has the lowest ceiling. Why? Not challenging, just would like to hear your reasoning.

          • JJ

            His skill set & strengths are not a match in OU’s offensive philosophies. We saw what he could do with Klifffs balls-to-the-wall, Fortune Favors The Bold ..etc mentality. IMO he will never be better than he was in techs first 4-5 games. I live close enough to LBK to get more tech coverage & he was a nice qb. Against inferior teams, he played at Austin Westlake. If he had a higher ceiling his offers would have been reflective of that. He did all the right things: camps, 7on7, high profile program. Again, not to bag on a kid. More power to him for believing in himself, but he has his limits & that might work at Kansas or Houston etc, not at OU.

            And as far as off fresh of the year. No one else to get it to. No one.

            On a personal note, the games I watched (probably 3-4) he has a penchant for high balls, the check down & Eric Ward & Amaro bailed him out with their physicality

          • Gary Robbins

            Is this a trend. Mayfield to OU, Stidham to Tx. Tech, L.J. Moore back to California. Just stories I heard about loneliness maybe! Go figure.

          • Sooner Ray

            Girl, I know your down there in the thick of things and may disagree with me but I cut him a little slack because he was a freshman thrown into Klinks system. I’m not going to say that he is a QB that OU should have gone after but I kinda think with some good coaching and maturity, he can be a serviceable backup that may not set any records but won’t lose a game for you if he had to come in. Just saying I think he has a little ceiling left if in the right hands. What do ya think?

          • JJ

            Get in the game in trash time backup? Sure.
            Get in the game against Ummm ULM cause someone tweaked a non throwing thumb? Sure
            Back up on the road at Notre Dame in the 3rd quarter & to finish the season? No.
            He’s about like that KU qb under Mangino. Sure hes got skills, not the ones to succeed for a season at OU.. His best scenario was a system like KKs

            Again good kid, smart kid. No biggy. He does nothing to excite me. And his ceiling is lower than Thomas & Hansens. They were recruited bc their skillet matched ou’s demands basically.

          • Sooner Ray

            Oh yeah, I agree he couldn’t carry Thomas and Hanson’s gym bag. I was against his transfer at first. I guess what makes me want to give him a chance is when I heard how well he got along with our current players, he wasn’t happy in LBK and he seems happy now and sometimes that can pick up your game. P.S. I knew you would disagree :-)

          • JJ

            Well thanks, I guess :/
            I am crabby ankle & all….
            There is nothing wrong with good team chemistry…. That cannot be said enough

          • Sooner Ray

            I’m just trying to keep you in game shape for when the real dogs come out! LOL.

          • JJ

            I am out of game shape that’s for damn sure. My friends in the cold beverage industry likewise are ashamed …

          • JJ

            And I am just outside of Austin. My iq has taken a significant dive. I have no idea how a 5 hr drive has turned to 6 with 2 more ours to go! F*ck

    • SoonerPhins

      Its only the third practice, but I agree. Thomas should be getting the most with Mayfield and Hansen splitting the rest.

    • BigJoeBrown

      What get’s me in regards to dealing with Mayfield, it seems like the team really likes him which show both he and the team has adjusted to his transfer and it hasn’t been awkward. He must have great charisma, and for a leader of the team, you gotta have charisma.

    • territorysooner

      It’s spring ball, a time for all the players to get reps and work on learning the offense. I would imagine that snap counts will most definitely change in fall camp.

    • J.K. Abbott

      Gentlemen?? I think you have the wrong site.

      • Pat3332

        He’s at the right site, that’s what makes this place different from all of the others.

  • SoonerPhins

    Still sounds like the TEs are not up to par, hope that gets fixed before Summer practices. Still waiting for another Gresham, but I would also be fine with another James Hanna. Maybe one day.

    • Sonny Schovanec

      “still waiting on another Gresham” Not too many of those running around. He was a special talent.

  • Leroy Jenkins

    It’ll be interesting to see if Stidham sticks with Tech…and who would follow him there. My bet is many recruits took notice of that and are now really considering them, including Ryan Newsome.

    • Zack

      You may be right I’m some would follow him or at least give tech a shot in their top 5 or top 3. I just can’t see many guys choosing tech over the rest of the (former) big12 south. 2 receivers I hope we land is newsome and Humphrey this year.

      • Gary Robbins

        Read where Jaelean Austin, wr out of Grand Prairie, Tx. has tx. Tech as his leader because of Stidham. Also one of Stidham’s best friends is supposedly Ryan Newsome for what it’s worth. But it’s a long time to Feb. 2015. I guess an easy solution is for OU just to win ALL their games this year. Easier to say than do.

        • Zack

          Thanks that’s definitely something to follow.

  • Jordan Esco
    • Jordan Esco
      • Gary Robbins

        Not familiar with this camp. Where is it held and what type camp is it? We need all the Poly athletes we can get. The state of Texas still leads with over 40 plus offers for 2015 , but this pipeline could prove to be extremely beneficial.

        • http://www.galoor.com/ Clint Lenard

          It takes place in Utah, but this helps with all Poly kids from Cali, Utah, Washington and Texas.

    • BigJoeBrown

      This is way cool, a pretty big deal for the Sooners.

    • akbuc

      Still gonna be tough to get the top Poly kids out of Utah. Most are Mormon. Hawaii is another one for obvious reasons. Still, this is nothing but good news. They have such a tight knit community (a village to raise a child sort of thing. Everyone is “Auntie”, “Uncle”, or “Cousin”) that when you get one or two, the flood gates open. Nila’s success has probably helped Monty more than anything.

  • Jared Tyra

    I heard stoops say that dmitri flowers is the spitting image of trey Millard, I can’t wait to see this dude play ball

    • tforce

      No pressure, Bob.

      • Jared Tyra

        Nothing wrong with a little hyperbole haha, the man probably just got excited watching flowers go through a few drills in pads

  • tforce

    OL
    OU got quite lucky with OL injuries in 2013, and Irwin’s flexibility and smarts were underrated.

    I’m concerned that Darlington may not have developed the power to battle NG. He was really overmatched in Cotton Bowl 15 months ago. OU’s got 4 guards who can play (Kasitati, Savage, Shead, Evans). Acknowledging that two of them will be coming off injuries, Kasitati may need to slide to center if Darlington can’t block a powerful NG.

    OT injury is THE one spot (other than to Knight) that could cripple the OU offense. Developing depth here is key. Farniok wasn’t terrible vs Ok St (terrible = C. Kouandjio in the Sugar Bowl). Assuming some progress from him, he could be a competent third OT in the fall. Silence on St. John is concerning.

    Skill positions
    Having one or possibly two players who can block and catch would really set this team apart. Flowers (and possible Perine at FB, which he was open to playing at OU) could be early contributors based on lack of depth at those positions. The fact that Bell gets first team rep to start practice to speak volumes to McNamera.

    OU has too many good options at WR and RB to not be successful there. Woods, Neal, and of course Shepard are three. OU likes to have 5-6. Smallwood, Bennett, Young have all received praise from the coaches at various points. Plus all the giants (Cavil and the 3 Fr). Ford, et al are certainly aware of the talent coming in the fall. They have 13 more practices to show.

    • Steve Johns

      Losing the entire left side of the o-line isn’t lucky to me.

      • tforce

        If you view it as number of games lost, OU was fortunate.

  • Lesslie Stanford

    I have a question. Usually the Freshman getting redshirted plays scout QB. Do you think they will have Hansen or Mayfield play scout QB since technically both will be getting redshirted.

    • Steve Johns

      I would think both. Which ever one that most resembles the opponent’s QB will run the scout team.

  • Steve Johns

    REQUEST: Would like to see you guys do an interview with Dallis Todd. He’s been working out with Kenny Stills and it would be interesting to know what he’s picked up. Kid appears serious about wanting to break into the wr rotation.

  • nate g

    Does Flowers have the frame/length to play on the line, like Millard did?

    • Steve Johns

      He’s listed at 6-1 234 so I would think so.

  • Andy Montella

    Who is the first team RG with Nila out?

  • Andy Montella

    How has Sam Grant looked at OT?

  • John

    Good vibe on Farniok. Another site wasn’t as complementary. Bad vibe about the TEs. BB running with 1s and not catching the ball doesn’t bode well for the position. Was really hoping that the light had come on for McNamara after the Alabama beatdown. Still early though, so there’s hope. Thanks for the write up. Always good stuff.

    • Doobie74OU

      I’m wondering if this early in the Spring Blake running with the ones isn’t more about getting him reps and giving him an opportunity more than he is the best option at the position. Blake Bell would have no shot of picking up the position if he were splitting 2nd team reps with another guy. I think this is more about Stoops giving him a chance this Spring. If it was fall practice say mid August I would be a lot more concerned.

  • Bill Duncan

    I heard KJ Young looked good late last season and was coming on strong. Any news?

  • OU_Sooners

    As far as OL, I’m not concerned for this year. 2015 should be an interesting year, but I trust Stoops/Bedenbaugh to go and get some guys if the kids on campus don’t work out. It looks like OU will go out and grab some jucos, considering the depth at guard and tackle for 2015-2016. Then again, a lot of things can happen in the course of a year. I think OU may hold onto Josh Wariboko and they’re also in high regard for Jalin Barnett down in Lawton. Those are two guys who could enter in the fray if needed (obviously, if they sign a LOI to OU).

    • Zack

      One of the brainiacs is high on Evans moving to Tackle when he gets here. I’m curious what happened with patrick Au? 247 still doesn’t show him signing anywhere I wonder if that was an eligibility issue?

      • OU_Sooners

        Evans as in Tyler? -he has yet to get back in football shape, but maybe. I’m not sure that OU isn’t set at both of their tackle positions considering Thompson and Williams.

        I do not know the status of Patrick Au, maybe grades held him back.

        • j l

          bobby evans, kid from allen tx already signed in the 2015 class.

        • Zack

          Oh no I meant going forward with the 2015 class bobby Evans.

          • Gary Robbins

            Oh yeah, Josh Wariboko (OKC Casady), Bobby Evans (Allen, Tx.), are 2015 commits. Jalin Barnett (Lawton, Ok.), and Toby Weathersby (Houston, Tx.), are heavy OU leans for 2015. I think they are all 4 star prospects. Those 4 would be an excellent start. Add 1 or 2 top of the line Juco and we should be fine. Of course Feb. 2015 is a long way off.

      • J.K. Abbott

        Au? Isn’t he playing for the 66ers, OKC’s DLeague team in Tulsa?

    • Gary Robbins

      Speaking of Wariboko he just got an offer from Oregon today.

  • OU_Sooners

    though it’s only spring and Meier/Andrews haven’t stepped on campus, I find myself being disappointed in the TE position yet again. OU is one decent TE from really transcending their offense to another level. Who knows, maybe it’ll be another DL scenario and all of those dudes come out and go HAM.

    • Zack

      Yeah that TE position is important as far as creating a mismatch and being able to mix things up. I think they will be better this year than last (not saying much seeing as how I had 3 less catches than the TEs last year from my couch). And going forward should get better if McNamara and Meier can really develop. As far as Andrews that will be interesting to watch if he can be a receiver like he wants to be or if he will have to transition to TE as his college career goes on.

    • Shelby is a Patriot

      I’d give it some more time, it’s early.

  • Super Keith

    I know we’re all starving for information, but I think some of you read waaaaay too much into practice reports from the third day of SPRING practice.

    Just realize that it is VERY early, and the biggest goal of spring practice is to keep everyone healthy while knocking some of the winter rust off.

    There are a variety of reasons a player may not be starting (as was pointed out in the post), and just because (as an example) Farniok is playing ahead of St. John doesn’t mean that’s the way it’s going to be when the season opens. Same with the TE. I’d love for Bell to be “the” guy, but it’s going to be an uphill battle, and you can’t really tell much of anything after 3 spring practices.

    • wolfbuilder

      Most lose sight in that spring is for getting ready for summer and the start of 2adays, not to see who starts on aug 30, a lot will change come Aug. Both Bell, Isaac, Bond, Grissom, and all the guys will make big jumps learning new pos.

      • Super Keith

        Agree completely wolf! Spring is always great for the new guys, because it gives them a chance to see thing early and work on them over the summer. I consider Bell and Grissom in this group as they are learning new positions. I suspect the work getting put in this spring will pay dividends in the fall.

    • akbuc

      Are you suggesting that in the off-season, us OU football starved fans are willing to dissect and over-analyse any small shred of information that we receive?! I’m shocked at the allegation sir.

  • Shelby is a Patriot

    Now that we have a QB in Trevor, hopefully the rest of the nation gets to see what Sterling Shepard can do.

  • Scott

    would like to see Neal return punts, dude was a beast in HS

    also would like to see KJ Young out there as well dude is great in open space

  • SoonerBredCD

    “Folks from this point no mention of the other sites please. They are never personally at OU and no football personnel at OU knows them and thus it is impossible to cover OU unless they are taking from other sources. That is just a fact! So don’t get taken by what is going on.”

    -____

    You have two guesses who made this comment today…. and…… GO!

    • Super K

      who said that? Hale?

      • Shelby is a Patriot

        Who is Hale?

        • Sooner Ray

          I want to think you’re being funny but since you live in Texas he is a radio sports guy that covers OU out of the Norman/OKC area.

          • Shelby is a Patriot

            I really didn’t know, Lol. Same guy that complained about this site before?

          • Sooner Ray

            I’m sure he has and does. He runs a pay site and is threatened by all the info his readers pick up here on the cheap.

          • Shelby is a Patriot

            Sad that he has nothing better to do, then.

          • Sooner Ray

            He does a little OU update every day on a Tulsa radio station but it’s strictly business. He has his own show where he likely makes the negative comments. I don’t listen to that show.

          • Jordan Esco

            Yes.

      • http://www.galoor.com/ Clint Lenard

        No way that’s Hale, unless he’s paid someone to write it for him. I see only a few grammatical mistakes, whereas his sentences usually look like a 1st grader wrote them.

    • Jordan Esco

      Haha, what a moron!

    • Steve Johns

      Consider it a compliment when competition talks about you.

      • Jordan Esco

        Indeed!

        • Steve Johns

          Usually means you’re doing it right and becoming a threat.

    • Super K

      Would you mind getting a screen shot of that comment and any comments prior to it to show context? We’d do it but none of us have an account to his website. Please email it to admin@thefootballbrainiacs.com

      • Jordan Esco

        Yes, please somebody do this!

  • Jordan Esco

    Live scrimmage updates, are you kidding me?

    WOW

    • Sooner Ray

      That can’t be Jordan. Just heard that this site has no way to get info on OU football! :-)

      • Jordan Esco

        I know, right?

        We just have really creative imaginations.

  • territorysooner

    How about the punters? ;-)

    • Sooner Ray

      Can’t give you the trick plays but last I heard, balls were going up and out.

  • blaster1371

    If Mayfield is getting this many reps ahead of Hansen I’m left to wonder if some kind of appeal is in the works with the NCAA. If he absolutely cannot play it makes zero sense that he is getting reps with the first or second team offense. Given the inconsistency in how the NCAA exercises its sanctioning powers every rule seems to have room for interpretation and OU just might be trying to get a new hearing for mayfield.

    • Sooner Ray

      Blaster, there are some thinking that TK is being somewhat protected and Baker is good enough to give the D #1′s a decent look while the other QB’s are getting some technique work from Josh.

      • blaster1371

        I can buy into some of that. It does no one any good on either side of the ball if the freshman QB is just not ready to run an offense at the college level. Therefore, having Mayfiked in there gives the WRs an able QB and the defense gets a real workout. My blatant homer-ism thinks CT is and will be a better QB than Mayfield.

        • Sooner Ray

          I think we are both correct in assuming our recruited QB’s will be better. This is just spring and I think the coaches would rather work on mechanics with their future QB’s so they are ready to go in the fall and use a somewhat seasoned guy to give the D some good reps. In the fall I would expect this rep order to look completely different.

          • blaster1371

            All good points my friend.

  • Boomer4life

    Mayfield, should be able prep our D but good! Only gonna make’em better!

  • Stikboy

    So, the OL is winning vs. the DL right now? Is the OL….LT-Farniok LG-savage C-Darlington RG-? RT-DWilliams….. Who is playing RG with Nila out?

    • Zack

      I would guess shead.

      • Stikboy

        Shead is out for the spring.

  • Boomer4life

    Eric Striker’s Forced Fumble To Clinch OU’s 2014 …: http://youtu.be/0_rv17yzc0k

    • Eric Hoffpauir

      Striker did it with Kouandjio hanging on his jersey all the way too.

      • Boomer4life

        It was just unreal!

        • Sooner Ray

          Dad always said “don’t pull on Superman’s cape”!

          • Boomer4life

            Striker had to give that dude some sort of complex.

          • Sooner Ray

            No doubt.

  • Tulsa Terry

    Reassuring to hear about the progress of the offensive skill position players as this was a ? mark. Any info about Christian Daimler? from Houston?

  • nate g

    If the move of Grisson to WOLB and Striker to NICKEL/SOLB is permanent, I wonder if that means using the DEs differently. Shift to a move conventional (NFL style) 3-4?