In Thursday’s 90-play scrimmage, Hurst had a pair of interceptions, prompting coach Bob Stoops
to tab the 5-9, 165-pounder as the player who has improved most in the first two weeks of preseason practices.
"He should have had three,” said Venables, explaining that Hurst let a third interception slip through his hands after breaking on a pass.
Trice will play when Venables uses a nickel package and also will see time at safety. Hurst has worked primarily at cornerback.
"They’re really instinctual,” Venables said. "And they’re not physically overwhelmed.”
Clapp learning more tailback
With running backs Chris Brown
and DeMarco Murray
getting limited carries in camp, fullback Matt Clapp
has been getting plenty of reps at the running back position.
"I’ve learned more tailback than I ever have this camp,” Clapp said.
While it’s doubtful it will stay that way once the Sooners begin the season, Clapp’s knowledge of the position should provide an additional level of versatility to an already loaded offense.