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OU football notebook: Gator linebacker calls Sooners a dirty team

JAKE TROTTER Modified: August 18, 2009 at 8:28 am •  Published: August 18, 2009
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.

Oklahoma 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.

Running 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.


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