deberry Open Post | Monday, August 11th (UPDATE 3:40 pm)

Image of Ricky DeBerry via elevenwarriors.com

Good Monday y’all!

Riley Daniel: In OK Preps news, 2015 offensive lineman Riley Daniel committed to the University of Houston last night. Daniel chose Houston over Tulsa and North Texas. Very excited to watch this young Oklahoma player develop and play in the coming years!

UH is one of the many schools that are now beginning to recruit the state of Oklahoma more heavily. Last year Lawton’s Michael Moana committed to Houston, and the early word is he looks really good. Moana is already up to 285 lbs and while he may red shirt this year, the coaches at Houston believe he has a bright future.

Dru Samia: In a bit of a surprise, OU missed out on 2015 OT Madison Akamnonu this past weekend. But that doesn’t mean all is lost. Last week OT Dru Samia out of California flew into Norman for an unofficial visit and picked up an offer. We caught up with him this weekend and Sooner fans will be happy to know that Dru’s interest in OU is real…very real. And whatever is going to go down, may go down quite quickly.

Dru is very high on Coach Bedenbaugh and particularly likes his ability to teach, as Dru is clearly one of those guys who just wants to get better. He said, “Coach B is so good at explaining during film what you did wrong and how it affected the entire team.”

So when can we expect an announcement from Dru? He told us that “I’m still shooting for before the season…later this month.” Dru obviously has a lot of options, including in-state program on the rise UCLA (and a number of other schools), but right now in talking to Dru it really feels like OU is in the lead here.

One other quick note on Akamnonu. When we caught up with him last week, he talked about some things that maybe should have caught our attention more. Madison was shocked at how big everyone was at OU. In fact, in talking about Derek Farniok, he said he “couldn’t believe he was second string.” That isn’t to say Madison shied away from the competition at OU, but we did want to find out what Dru’s mentality was when looking at the competition he will face at OU. Dru’s response, “there will be more talented guys, but it’s up to me to work harder than them.”

Ricky DeBerry: A friend of TFB’s who is close to the DeBerry family called last night and said “OU really could end up getting Ricky (DeBerry).” The friend had just got off the phone with DeBerry’s father and said that the interest his son has in OU is very real. He said “Ricky wants to be the next Eric Striker.”

DeBerry will be in Norman for the Tennessee game (like half the recruits in the country, lol) and it will be a doubly important game because another school DeBerry likes is in fact, Tennessee. DeBerry is also be recruited by TAMU, but the word is they want to use him as a MLB, and DeBerry sees himself as more of a Jack LB (like Striker was last year) which is where OU and Alabama want him.

This obviously isn’t a done deal, but according to our friend the interest in the Sooners is very real and that game against the Vols could go a long way in helping OU win the battle for Ricky’s services. Should also note that DeBerry is a Jerry Montgomery recruit. Coach Montgomery has been recruiting DeBerry and his family for quite some time.

Team Notes: This past Saturday OU held their first team scrimmage. They took off Sunday, so we spent a lot of time this weekend talking to some friends to get y’all info on how things have progressed to this point in fall camp.

Frank Shannon – Shannon took part in the scrimmage on Saturday. He and Jordan Evans weren’t practicing earlier in the week and the media was told that both had the flu. Some media members seemed skeptical of that because of the fact Evans was actually on the sideline at practice and Shannon wasn’t. We did confirm from a source though that Frank did indeed have the flu. And that Evans was still sick on Saturday and did not participate.

Marcus Green – Had one of two INTs in the scrimmage on Saturday.

Dwayne Orso – Orso still has a lot to learn and is going to need time to develop his upper body strength, but he’s also really starting to flash at times. We were told Orso led the defensive line in tackles during the scrimmage on Saturday. And late in the week he was doing some other good things in practice. Once Orso really learns how to use his length, he’s going to be a good one.

Miciah Quick – Quick is still mostly taking reps with the 2’s, though he is getting a few snaps here and there with the 1’s. But it has nothing to do with his inability to impress the coaches. It’s normal for a school to bring a young player along gradually in their fall camp, even if they are as highly coveted and talented as Quick.

We’ve been told that Quick will see the field this year and may at some point find himself in the starting rotation. Depending, of course, on how guys like Durron Neal continue to improve and whether Dorial Green-Beckham is ruled eligible. We were told Quick is (unsurprisingly) very similar to Jalen Saunders both in his explosiveness and lateral quickness.

Jeffery Mead – Interestingly, we’ve been told that Mead is actually starting to take a few snaps with the 1st team. That isn’t to say Mead is going to play a lot this year, if at all (we don’t know), but it seems OU likes what they see early on.

Jordan Phillips – Great news for Sooner fans is that Phillips did indeed take part in the scrimmage this past weekend. They’ll continue to be smart with how they work him, but his presence in the middle of that defense obviously changes things significantly.

Steven Parker – Word is Parker did a nice job in the scrimmage. He apparently caused a fumble when he stripped the ball from one of the receivers. Also, we heard there was a collision between him and ‘Baby House’ (OU’s nickname for Samaje Perine) at the goal line. Perine was headed for end zone, but Parker tackled him low and the LBs cleaned it up giving the defense a stop.

Alex Ross – Ross ran with the 1st team during the scrimmage this past weekend. Didn’t get a lot of news there, but did hear that Keith Ford isn’t about to back down or let anyone take his spot. So the RB battle will continue.

Geneo Grissom – We were told that all during camp, Geneo has shined and looks like “a man amongst boys.” Word is both he and Striker have been nearly impossible to block much like they were in the Sugar Bowl.

While the players have been practicing, there is still a lot of time left before the opener so you can expect the coaches to continue to move people around.

- UPDATE (12:24pm): TFB has been able to confirm that OU has earned a commitment from 2015 offensive lineman Cody Ford. This had been building for some time even though Ford had been committed to TCU. We’re working to get more from Ford himself which we hope to have up soon. But wanted to throw this up real quick with the news breaking and the Sooners adding another talented piece to their 2015 class.

- UPDATE (2:30 pm): OU has offered 2015 ATH & Rice commit Hunter Herndon (Forney, TX). Most services have him as a TE at the next level.

- UPDATE (3:40 pm): OU linebacker Frank Shannon has been suspended for one year per university president David Boren. More to come in terms of the impact and what this means going forward.

 


  • Jason Vos

    My only problem with this team is the MLB position. If shannon cant go, Evans is a more than capable replacement. But after Evans I start to get worried, I would have thought Aaron Franklin would have come on more by now.
    He is one of the fastest LB’s on the team, but I never hear much about him. Gastelum im guessing is also in that rotation and he is a walk-on. And what about this Londell Taylor guy, would think he would be ready to go by now?

    • Super K

      They did move Rashod Favors back to LB but that may be as an OLB…not really sure. But yes there isn’t exactly a clear two deep at the ILB positions. We’ve got 3 guys. If, God forbid, a couple guys went down…I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw one of the freshman come in the way we saw Dom come in last year. As a matter fact we need to check and see if we can find out how Bolton and Evans are doing and if they are indeed playing inside.

      • Ed Cotter

        I could have sworn I read something early in the summer, probably here, that OU was looking at Bolton as a MLB. Surprising since he spent so much time coming at the offense as a rush end. You never know though.

      • http://www.TheFootballBrainiacs.com/ JY

        Evans is going to be a landbeast for us this year. He can match up in coverage as well as be physical inside.

        • http://batman-news.com Mr. Jones

          I thought he was very impressive at the spring game. Seemed like he was involved in just about every play.

          • Super K

            Indeed! Very impressive. Closing speed and looks good in his drops. But also, surprisingly physical. His on field vs. off the field demeanor is so different. He reminds me of Kahlil Haughton in that sense. Truly the super hero type dichotomy

        • vargo05

          With what I saw of him last year and the spring game, I am very confident in his abilities. His explosiveness as an athlete is very impressive. If he’s bulked up some, he’s gonna be a mother for opposing teams to deal with.

          • Gary Robbins

            Think I seen where Evans is 6-3 @ 223 pounds. Seems to be getting bigger and stronger all the time.

      • hOUligan

        Two things. Which recruits are being looked at for ILB? and while you’re checking on Bolton, what’s the word on Devonte Bond and what position is he working at? Heard both OLB and ILB when he was recruited.

        • Boom

          LB Alexander said Bond is all over the place and very talented. Says he runs 4.5 – 4.6 at 240/245. Lots of talent

  • Jordan Esco

    I know this is like beating dead horse at this point, but I frequent any number of OU sites pretty much daily and continue to be absolutely amazed the amount of info provided here that isn’t put up behind a paywall.

    And I swear this isn’t me fishing for a compliment for the site, it’s just sometimes I can’t help but point it out.

    So happy to have found this place and fortunate to have become a very small part of what I feel all of us are building here.

    Where are the tissues…….

    • http://www.TheFootballBrainiacs.com/ JY

      I want to go on public record and thank you personally for what you’ve brought to the site Jordan. When I was moving and my son was being born, you held it together for us with K. I’m glad you’re on the team, and am excited about what’s to come.

      • Jordan Esco

        Not necessary, but still appreciated. Life happens and that was obviously (and will continue to forever be) and very special time for you and your family.

    • CJ

      How do you guys make money? Just ads?

      • Jordan Esco

        Last I checked TFB was ad free, no?

      • Ed Cotter

        TFB makes no money as far as I can ascertain. They do it for the love of OU football and to help OK preps.

        • Jordan Esco

          There are plans in place (believe me, K has some BIG plans), but you’re right in that right now this obviously isn’t about making money. And truth be told, whether here or elsewhere money was never why I got involved. It’s always been about my OU fandom, if $$$ were to ever enter the equation it would simply be a happy coincidence.

      • Super K

        We don’t make any money yet. People have approached us about ads and whatnot and we really don’t want to clutter the site with ads. We’re in the process of talking about “monetization” and we’re sure what we want to do. But the one thing we know we will never do is charge a subscription fee. This site will either be free to all or it won’t exist.

        • Jordan Esco

          “This site will either be free to all or it won’t exist.”
          BOOM, real talk.

          • http://www.TheFootballBrainiacs.com/ JY

            Chuch!
            Preach!

          • soonerinks

            I shudder at the “or it won’t exist”. Before that is ever even thought about just remember there is plenty of us that would not hesitate to make a donation and would feel that we are getting the best of the deal.

        • Steve Cooke

          How about PayPal donations and see if you can put a max donation per month. It’s not asking for a subscription fee because it’s won’t be mandatory to read.

          • L’carpetron Dookmarriot

            I’d go along with that.

        • Kody K.

          Power to the people!!

        • Boom

          Has the OU athletic department approached you? :)

        • RDK

          “You know what’s cool? A billion dollars.”

        • Gary Robbins

          You (TFB crew) might have discussed this before. How did you all get started? Seems like the crew is scattered all over. Did you meet in someones garage over a table?

        • Christopher Coffman

          For what it is worth, I would be more than willing to deal with the ads and would try to click on a few now and again. I am 100% with you in being against subscription fees, but I feel you all deserve to get paid for all the great work you do.

        • Katyboomer

          Maybe we could go back to the shirt ideal. You guys could charge what ever price would get you money needed to make the site even better ( and maybe a little something for your time) and or have a donation paypal account or something. That way those who wanted to donate could, but you could still keep it free to everyone.

          Super K- I will be heading out to Schulz BBQ sometime this week. Has to be one of the best BBQ places around H-Town area.

          I just wanted to say thanks for all you guys do.

          • http://www.TheFootballBrainiacs.com/ JY

            Yeah we like the T-Shirt Idea. We want to do polos and caps eventually.

        • paganpink

          my man!

        • Sooner Ray

          If some ads could make you guys some money, there is gray space to the right and left of the comment area that could be used and it wouldn’t bother me any. Don’t get to the point of needing to stand at a busy intersection holding a sign. HAHA.

    • hOUligan

      Bang on, brother, and a chunk of that comes from you. Thanks. This site is impacting the other ‘pay’ sites. Scout is soliciting input about how to make their site better. All I can think is, you can’t be TFB. Timely info that is on point and usually faster PLUS the breakdowns and evals that the other sites just cannot do. And all for FREE!! Shut up!! Don’t want to start anything, but if you guys started to charge $$, I’d pay.

  • http://www.TheFootballBrainiacs.com/ JY

    For what it’s worth. I texted back and forth with Dru a lot this weekend. I really really like his mentality. He’s got the killer instinct and isn’t afraid of hard work. Really hope we pull him and Cody Ford into the fold. I’m like a kid in a candy store with Coach B at the helm.

    • http://www.TheFootballBrainiacs.com/ JY

      I also know that everyone’s wondering what Wariboko is going to do as well. I’d like to see us go get Tyler Moore and Barnett and be done. Love the blue collar kids who are sold out on the school and not the hype. Just my .02

      • Zack

        Read the story SS ran for free about him. And you hit the nail on the head. Wariboko may be a great guard but he shouldn’t be worried about the changes ou is making considering he was already committed previously and knew changes were coming at some point.

      • Ed Cotter

        Yeah, let’s get those two, Ford and Dru and start looking at 2016.

      • hOUligan

        I know you said in your piece on Moore that Coach B has been recruiting the kid for a couple of years but no offer. Is that about to change? Moore and Barnett would make me do the dance of OG joy.

        • http://www.TheFootballBrainiacs.com/ JY

          I hope so. We’ll find out soon enough what we’re going to do. By end of month we should see what a lot of people are going to do

          • Boom

            Understand but do you see the coaches waiting on Wariboko till end of August and then moving on to Moore. Is that the between the lines I’m reading.

  • Ed Cotter

    Thanks for the scrimmage updates, always appreciate hearing how the players are doing. Man, getting DeBerry would be sweet. That Tennessee game is going to be off the hook.

  • Jason Vos

    Is Alex Ross working with the 1’s a sign he is ahead of Keith Ford, or just coaches trying to see who gets that first snap on opening day?

    • Super K

      Depends on who you ask. Some feel it will still be Ford…some think that it will be Ross. Everyone agrees that Ford, Ross and Perine are all really good. Many folks think that Perine will rotate in as the 3rd back early on and as he gains experience will start to take more and more reps.

  • Jason Vos

    Also if quick is running with the 2’s at slot, any news on who is with the 1’s. I know Derrick woods would be one of the slot receivers.

    • Ed Cotter

      Isn’t Shep a slot guy, figure he was the slot with the 1’s.

      • Jason Vos

        Yeah but I thought I heard they wanted him playing more on the outside this year. Maybe im wrong on that

        • Ed Cotter

          Shep is so versatile that they can move him around, but with all the tall receivers, especially if DGB is cleared, he could do some serious damage finding seams in the defense in the slot.

        • Jordan Esco

          I think you could see that at times w/ Quick in the slot, but it’s not so much about a concrete three guys since they can mix-and-match or move guys around.

    • Jordan Esco

      In a perfect world, starting three w/b Neal & DGB on the outside w/ Shep in the slot. But obviously that hinges on something we don’t know the answer to right now.

      Another thing to keep in mind was that there were a number of guys held out of this scrimmage to give the coaches a chance to see where some of the younger guys are at. So Player X running w/ the 1’s or whatever on Saturday c/b something you don’t want to read too much into.

      • soonermusic

        Great point. I’m not sure they even settle on who’s gonna be where on a lot of the contested spots, until game week rolls around.

      • Mike Reed

        What about Jordan Smallwood? He’s got great size for a receiver. Anyone heard how he is progressing? Is he back to 100% from his injury last year?

        • Jordan Esco

          He’s back and he’ll be there w/ the other guys on the outside.

  • Jason Vos

    Speaking of Eric Striker, Im shocked OU is not using his success at the LB spot to recruit the no.1 DE in the country Byron Cowart from the same HS. He would be a perfect fit at OLB in the 3-4, and he is a pass rush demon.

    • BR

      great point Jason, I was wondering the same….TFB, do you all have any insight on why OU hasnt offered Byron???

  • Zack

    Great updates. Looking forward to future news on mead. I think a redshirt is likely but if the kid can get open often then I think we have to go with him. I think he’s overlooked and is counted out this year because he’s too thin but metoyer was thin as a freshman.

  • http://www.TheFootballBrainiacs.com/ JY

    Also, the picture above doesn’t do justice to how big Ricky DeBerry is. Kid goes 6’2″ and about 250.

    • ToatsMcGoats

      JY, just thought I’d let ya know, I needed a couple of classes to finish up my bachelor’s degree…I’ll be enrolling at MSSU this upcoming semester.

      • http://www.TheFootballBrainiacs.com/ JY

        Sweeeeet. MOSO in the house!

    • Gary Robbins

      Quiet an athlete- didn’t realize he was that big. Thanks as always. It seems the TFB site gets new posters almost daily. It’s got to be a cuckle burr under other sites saddle.

    • Shifty

      250!! Wow…big indeed…how’s his coverage skills

      • Boom

        He won’t need any cause he will put the QB on the grass.

  • Ed Cotter

    I find it interesting that we haven’t heard all that much about the OL, except that Tyler Evans is back in the fold. JY, who are we looking at starting with Darlington, Williams, and Thompson? Savage, Nila, Farniok, and Shead are all in the mix. Not sure about St. John, but is there anyone else? I believe I read somewhere that OU should be able to go 10 deep on the OL with little to no drop off in talent. Your thoughts?

    • http://www.TheFootballBrainiacs.com/ JY

      My starters:
      LT: T Thompson
      LG: N Kasitati/A. Shead
      C: T Darlington
      RG: T Evans/D. Savage
      RT: D Williams
      2’s:
      LT: Frison
      LG: Kasitati/Shead
      C: Dalton
      RG: Evans Savage
      RT: Farniok

      • Ed Cotter

        Thanks….appreciate the list.

      • Boom

        Curious, what about Kasitati going to C for 2nd team?

        • http://www.TheFootballBrainiacs.com/ JY

          Possibly. A lot of times those three interior spots are interchangeable if you have guys who can snap and step.

      • Stats

        Also curious, why would Frison already have the #2 LT spot, especially over Farniok? I would have switched them, as I thought the LT was the higher priority and typically had more length, “experience”, and/or talent than the RT. Do you expect Frison to pass Daimler, St. John, & Farniok, by the start of the season or am I missing something related to LT vs RT?

        • Boom

          From what I’ve read, Frison is just that athletic. JY has always said Farniok would make a better RT due to his run blocking. LT has to be extremely athletic and Frison being 6’6 300 may be more talented than the others. Interesting for sure and look forward to see how it unfolds.

        • kt-raida

          I thought Daimler left the team?

          • Boom

            He’s there but I think they are working on his technique and strength. From what I understand, he’s a year away.

          • J J

            Maybe Marrs you are thinking of?

          • kt-raida

            That’s who it was thanks.

        • http://www.TheFootballBrainiacs.com/ JY

          Farniok is a prototype right tackle. See Phil Loadholt. Tall, powerful run blocker. Left Tackle is more of a dancing bear spot. See Trent Williams and Lane Johnson. Frison is that type of player.

          • bmrsnr

            Yeah but load played left and trent played right at OU, any reason for that? just more comfortable?

          • http://www.TheFootballBrainiacs.com/ JY

            Trent moved over to left after Loadholt graduated, and Lane moved over to left his senior year as well. The old regime liked to get people playing time at right and then move them later.

  • Boom

    Orso, seems as though he will redshirt. However, it would be really interesting to have Wade/Orso at N and move Jordan to SS DE freeing up Tap the WS to use his speed. I realize everyone has Phillips at N and who wouldn’t but if he can play DE, lot of options. Trust in Monty but with Walker 300, Orso w/his length & Wade both over 300 and then Phillips at 330 and little ole Tap at 275 & Grissom at OLB at 255. MS scheme changed in just one year with his options and talent.

  • D’Brickashaw Ferguson

    Long time lurker, first time poster. This site gives unprecedented info and is a real joy to read. Not to mention everyone here is classy and doesn’t resort to name-calling, which is very refreshing. Don’t pay attention to criticism from other sites, just keep doing what you’re doing!

    • Jordan Esco

      respect

    • Super K

      Thanks D!

  • OUn8v

    I hardly ever post anything, but I have been an OU fan as long as I can remember, since back in the early ’50s. But, I do read and try to keep up with the latest on the team. I want to thank all of you at TFB for providing us fans the info and to the other fans who post here for keeping it as sane and drama-free as possible. Even the fans provide good info at this site.

    • Jordan Esco

      thank you for reading!

  • http://batman-news.com Mr. Jones

    Is OU recruiting Farniok’s little brother? I haven’t seen where he’s been offered but you would think there would be serious interest.

    • Jordan Esco

      As far as I know they are recruiting him, but there are still so many things left to shake out at OT in 2015 they may hold off on an offer for now (especially w/ the “in” they have in his brother)

      • Gary Robbins

        Don’t they have another brother that played college football somewhere.
        As Madison A. said the sight of Farniok, and also Brown, Frison would make me shake my head also.

        • Steve Cooke

          Bob recommended him to Iowa State because OU didn’t have room the year he was recruited.

          • Gary Robbins

            Thanks, seems like a real athletic family. Their parents would have needed 2 jobs apiece to feed them size fellas.

          • Jordan Esco

            There’s another brother in the 2016 class

  • rphdenton

    …re quick…….looking forward to him possibly being the pr guy ………not off to a good start with a couple of muffs during the scrimmage

  • D’Brickashaw Ferguson

    Dana Holgorsen: “You lie in recruiting a bunch. That’s just part of it. You become a salesman.”

    http://collegefootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/08/11/wvus-holgorsen-says-lying-to-recruits-is-part-of-the-recruiting-process/

    • Kody K.

      For someone who lies, he’s brutally honest.

      • Super K

        lol indeed.

      • Jed

        I’ve always kind of liked ‘Holgo The Barbarian’.

    • paganpink

      Have I mentioned that I really, really, don’t like sloppy old Dana Holgerson? And I didn’t think he was all that great at OSU, either, before he screwed up West Virginia.

  • D’Brickashaw Ferguson

    Cody Ford ‏@Cody_Ford74 3m “@b_hoss_mac: BOOM: Pineville OT @Cody_Ford74 has flipped from #TCU to #Oklahoma. Now a Sooners commit. #boomer #cenlapreps”

    • J J

      Great news!!

  • Jordan Esco

    Cody Ford news added. K is working as I type to get more from him, hope to post soon.

    • J J

      Hey jordo… You made up your wedding mind or not?
      Fwiw, I told the horn, if he’s not back Friday afternoon from a trip, the locks will be changed

      • Jordan Esco

        I’m back in, got permission ;)

        • J J

          That’s great! See you soon!

  • Josh

    A picture is worth a thousand words….
    19 Days Till Football Time in Oklahoma!! Boomer!

    • Jed

      If that photo doesn’t say ‘Alpha Male’ the term has no meaning.

    • Boom

      Take your eyes off of Striker for a second and look back right at the look Tap is giving McCarron.

      • Sooner 4Ever

        That look Tap is giving McCarron says “You might wanna find a comfy spot down there… since you’re going to be spending so much time lying on your back like that.”

      • Thomas Lenard

        I now FULLY understand why McCarron was running SCARED in that backfield……….. All four of those guys……..

    • EasTex

      Good choice for 19.
      Could have gone classic, too, there were some good’uns.
      /that last play still makes me sick

      • Josh

        Almost went with Keith Stanberry… one heluva football player. That play still gets me so friggin mad, thirty years later… Worst call I’ve seen outside the state of Oregon!

  • Kody K.

    Yesss! Welcome to Boomer Sooner Land Mr. Ford! We are so glad to have you.

  • Jordan Esco

    If you want to talk more about Ford, you can do so here in the comments or here —> http://thefootballbrainiacs.com/cody-ford-commits-to-oklahoma

  • rphdenton

    …..seems appropriate…….http://i.imgur.com/jAeG8KS.gif

    • Jordan Esco

      what?

    • Super K

      Dude…that might be my favorite gif of all time

    • Kody K.

      That it too cool. Should qualify as comment of the month.

  • cpearc00

    Stolen!!

    • kt-raida

      Tcu hates us right about now.

  • BR

    I just started coming to this site at beginning of the year ( and wont stop :-) ) But I was curious if you all have an open game post or something along the same lines as a game thread like you’d find on scout???

    • Super K

      Yes, we do BR. Thanks for joining us!

      • BR

        :-) thanks for being here to join and all the great insight you all provide, also K, do you guys have any idea as to why OU hasnt offered DE Byron Cowart out of the same HS as Striker went to? Another poster mentioned and i thought it was a dang good ?

        Thanks again Brainiacs

        • Super K

          Cowart was never really interested in playing out here.

      • Perry Dickey

        I was on the road on the west coast, for a year, some time ago. Far to few chances to see the games. I depended on game threads at the time. It was frustrating to the max in how most didn’t want to discuss the game but how much better they could be doing as the coach. Ignorant to the fact all their genius came, AFTER THE PLAY! If the tfb game thread is one filled with, well, the game, it will have to, must have to, be denoted as another level of Nirvana!

  • http://batman-news.com Stuart Burman

    TFB team…can any of you find out the exact status of Jordan Evans. I guess he’s still sick. He isn’t going to be ready for gametime if he doesn’t start getting better. Any updates on his condition?

    • Jordan Esco

      The word going around is that he could have mono.

      • Shifty

        That sux…isn’t the best thing for that rest

        • Jordan Esco

          pretty much

    • Super K

      Only thing we know is that he’s sick and still couldn’t go this past weekend. Beyond that it’s rumors but if he isnt back at practice this week then it would seem it’s something a little more serious than the flu.

      • bmrsnr

        What kind of rumors? more serious illness or a mixon/shannon type thing?

  • Matt

    1. If Julian Wilson wins the starting job at corner, will he mostly play press coverage? 2. Is Charles Walker playing nose or DE? 3. What is the latest with Cortez Johnson/ why don’t they try him at safety?

    • Super K

      1. Since OU did away with the boundary/field CB he’ll have to be able to play different coverages. They could obviously do a lot of split coverage stuff and let Julian play more zone while Zack is manned up but at the end of the day he’s going to have to play man. And he’s done plenty of it in the slot. 2. Charles Walker is playing DE 3. Cortez is still at CB but unfortunately isnt really factoring into the competition for the starting roll…or at least so we’ve been told. I suspect he was never moved to safety because he never really demonstrated the physicality that you’d think someone with his build would possess. Additionally the safety position is more difficult to learn. OU does some unorthodox things in the way that they have their front play certain run plays like stretch plays.

  • SoonerMike

    I can’t believe I am asking for more from this fantastic website, but it would be awesome if y’all had original TFB videos too :)

    • Super K

      That’s a good idea. What kind of videos did you have in mind?

      • Josh

        Videos of Esco watching Saved By the Bell reruns would be pretty cool

        • Jordan Esco

          I can provide those at any time.

          • Josh

            Do you have the one where Jessie is addicted to caffeine pills so she can study and still perform in Hot Sundae… “I’m so excited! I’m so excited!”

          • ToatsMcGoats

            Instant Classic!!!

        • Boomer4life

          Lmao!

      • SoonerMike

        Anything really… maybe commentary over highlight videos or breakdown of some footage of the previous game. If you could score some interviews with players or coaches you could ask your own questions or you could get the questions here from the comment section (up votes for most liked questions)
        Honestly you could post a video of ice melting and I would watch it TFB!!!

      • SoonerMike

        That could also generate some ad$ for y’all while keeping the site away from clutter

  • Jackson1006

    Barring injury, Steven Parker is going to be the best safety in Oklahoma history, imho. More Eric Berry/ Ed Reed than Roy Williams but we are blessed to have a guy like that.

    • Jordan Esco

      That is a bold claim. I like it, but he’s gonna have to do a lot to supplant The Real Roy Williams.

      • Josh

        There’s Only 1 Roy.

        • Jordan Esco

          yessir

      • Jackson1006

        Don’t get me wrong, superman is my all time favorite defensive sooner. No one hit like 38. He was more or less a linebacker who could cover ( I think he outweighs most of our lbs now). I will stick with my claim and eat crow 3 years from now or say I told you so to a group of online poster who could care less :)

  • Shelby is a Patriot

    Crazy how big this site has grown, I can’t keep up with the comments anymore. Lol

    • Jordan Esco

      power of the people

    • soonermusic

      The tone and the level of the content are both pretty good reasons for that, I’d say.

      • Shelby is a Patriot

        TFB is definitely head and shoulders above every other site.

    • http://www.TheFootballBrainiacs.com/ JY

      Yeah, it’ll be a year we’ve been up and running in October

    • SoonerfanTU

      The admins were asking for suggestions not long ago. While I was against a message board at that time, maybe there is something different in terms of software that acts more like the comments we currently have, but makes it easier to spot new comments? I don’t know. But if things continue to grow, it will make it more difficult to communicate in the comments section.

      • B.R.

        Sort by newest in top left corner

        • Eric Hoffpauir

          That works well, except for new replies to older comments. You can miss out on a good conversation because it’s buried in an older thread.

          • http://batman-news.com thebigdroot

            Eric I’ve noticed there will be a light gray bar at the top that will say “new comment above” or one on the bottom that says “new comment below”. Of course this only happens when the browser is kept open. Didn’t know if you had noticed this or not.

          • SoonerfanTU

            Yep, that’s the problem. And for the comment below, I don’t keep this web page up all day, so the new comment above doesn’t really help.

            It’s not the worst problem in the world, just one to keep an eye on. I still think the admin stories and updates are the most important part of this page, but I’m sure they and we all want to be able to have discussions as well, in the comments. JMO.

  • Brian

    Hate to see crutches in the background of Herndon’s photo…Guessing he’s coming off of an injury?

    • Buster Rhymes 4

      That’s how we got Charles Walker

  • Jordan Esco

    Frank Shannon has been suspended for one year per David Boren

    • Baron Boomer

      Oh dear

    • Josh

      That’s a big time bummer but not knowing the facts of the case I respect President Boren enough to trust he is making the right decision, in the best interest for the University and all parties involved.

    • Big Higg

      Monday finally struck

    • Randy White

      Does this automatically constitute an additional year of eligilbility or does he just burn a year?

      • Jordan Esco

        If the suspension is upheld I’m almost certain he’d lose the year, but I’d have to confirm that to be 100% sure. I’m probably around 99% certain right now tho.

        • soonermusic

          I imagine it’s clear from what you said, but just in case it’s not, he’s not just suspended from football, but from school as well. (once they get approval)

  • soonerpeace

    I have no inside info but I think that this is Alex Ross and his audition time for the staff. They are auditioning him as really the number 1 guy to see his performance. I think the same thing applies to K J Young. I believe once it is said and done Ford and Durron Neal both start and if DGB plays it will be Bell,Neal,and Shepherd a great amount of time. The tight end is back in the offense. It will be interesting who has a game they are forgotten like Millard against KSU in 2012. Getting Flowers,Rip,McNamara,and Bell playing time will be a chore.

  • soonerpeace

    When they are pistol it will be interesting who the 4 receivers are. DGB and Bell for sure and Shep and Neal I suppose. But it will be interesting because they don’t want to pull Rip and they don’t want to pull Bell. I can see lots of quibbling between the 2 Jay’s on who plays LOL.

    • BB

      Just clarification, but pistol doesn’t mean 4 wr sets. The pistol set plays on the shotgun name with the rb lined up directly behind the qb instead of next to him. You can have 4wr pistol formations or 0 wr pistol formations.

      • soonerpeace

        thanks i know the pistol formation but how often do we not have 4 wide receivers in the pistol?

      • soonerpeace

        Aren’t we in a 4 receiver set most of the time we are in the pistol?

        • BB

          Most of the time? No, I don’t think so. Maybe when Landry was here and all we did was throw. But with Knight we like to have lead blockers for him when we run the zone read which is a big element of a the pistol. So I think we will see 2 and 3 wr sets most of the time.

          • soonerpeace

            I think in the pistol we are