Saturday doubleheader: Football and hoops
Before attending Saturday’s 7 p.m. kickoff against Nebraska, Oklahoma fans can get a glimpse of the Big 12 Conference men’s favorite when the Sooners hold an intrasquad basketball scrimmage at McCasland Field House.
The scrimmage is open and free to the public. Doors will open at 2:30 p.m., with drills starting at 3, followed by two 15-minute periods of live action beginning at 3:30.
A limited number of student tickets for the Nebraska game have been made available to the public.
The tickets, $87 each, are for reserved seats in section 26. The tickets are available for online purchase at soonersports.com.
Manny on the mend
OU wide receiver Manny Johnson
has participated in practices this week, yet remains questionable in his return from a dislocated elbow.
Johnson has been fitted with a brace to keep the elbow stabilized.
"Who knows?” said wide receivers coach Jay Norvell.
"As he gets more comfortable with the (brace), he’s got a better chance to play. We’ll see how he progresses.”
Thursday is decision day for North Carolina prospect Jheranie Boyd,
one of the top recruits in the country who counts OU among his five favorites.
A 6-foot-2, 185-pound wide receiver from Gastonia’s Ashbrook High, Boyd took official visits to OU, Illinois, Missouri and North Carolina State. Boyd is also considering nearby North Carolina.
"This year, all the colleges recruiting me say they need a playmaker receiver now,” Boyd told Sporting News Today. "All of my top five have said I could play as a true freshman.”
The Sooners lose two senior wideouts, Johnson and Juaquin Iglesias.
Rivals.com rates Boyd a four-star recruit and the No. 32 prospect in the nation overall.
Ready to run
Nebraska certainly noticed how Kansas State struck for nearly 500 yards passing against the Sooners.
Huskers quarterback Joe Ganz
has put up more than 300 yards in three straight games, completing 74.8 percent of his throws during that stretch.
Still, Ganz says the Huskers aren’t out to copy the ’Cats.
"(Oklahoma) shut down the running game is really what it came down to,” Ganz said. "They forced Kansas State to throw the ball over and over, and that’s something we don’t want to do.
"We want to be balanced enough so they can’t choose one or the other. We need to win the time of possession, because Oklahoma has a great offense, too.”
By John Helsley