Several months after the BCS National Championship game, the trash talk between Florida and Oklahoma won’t stop. Gators linebacker Brandon Spikes, who was one of the more vocal Florida players leading up to the title game, was asked recently who were the dirtiest players he’d faced. Spikes went straight after the entire Sooner team. "Compared to Oklahoma, you won’t find anyone (as dirty),” Spikes told the Orlando Sentinel. Spikes didn’t get any more specific than that during the interview.
HABERN, LEPAK CONTINUE TO RECUPERATEOklahoma centers Ben Habern and Brian Lepak, who were injured at the beginning of fall camp, continue to progress. They participated in several of the contact drills during Monday’s two-a-day practice. Habern and defensive tackle DeMarcus Granger had a couple of intense showdowns in the trenches in the morning. The two were later joking about it in the afternoon, with Granger calling for a rematch. Habern, OU’s projected starter at center, has been bothered by an inflamed back but didn’t show any signs of pain Monday. He was held out of most of the afternoon team drill with helmets and shoulder pads. Guard Stephen Good worked with the first team at center in place of Habern. Lepak, who’s been out with a high-ankle sprain, worked with the second-team offense at center during the afternoon team drill.
INJURY REPORT: MURRAY PROGRESSINGRunning back DeMarco Murray, who has been dealing with a hamstring pull, was back on the field in a helmet and shoulder pads Monday afternoon taking part in some light drills. Murray caught several punt returns along with Dominique Franks and Ryan Broyles. Several other Sooners were not suited up. Guard Tavaris Jeffries, safety Joseph Ibiloye, defensive ends David King and Pryce Macon and cornerbacks Jamell Fleming and Desmond Jackson did not participate in Monday’s practice.
COKER VISITS SOONERSFormer Miami coach Larry Coker, now head coach at Texas-San Antonio, attended Monday’s practice. "I’m trying to learn some football from the best,” said Coker, a native of Okemah who was the offensive coordinator at OU in the early 1990s. Coker will have plenty of time to visit other teams. His Roadrunners don’t begin their inaugural season until 2011.
COUGARS QB DISLOCATES FINGERBrigham Young quarterback Max Hall dislocated the ring finger on his throwing hand during a scrimmage Monday. Hall had the finger popped back into place and resumed practicing. While icing his hand after practice, he hold reporters he would be fine. The Sooners open with BYU on Sept. 5 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. As they prepare for that game, the Cougars have had bad luck with injuries this fall, especially on the offensive line, where they only return one starter. That lone returning starter, left tackle Matt Reynolds, underwent surgery to repair a fracture in his left hand last week and is questionable to return in time for the OU game. Last week, the Cougars lost projected starting left guard Jason Speredon to a season-ending shoulder injury. BY JAKE TROTTER