Stoops wasn’t as optimistic about offensive line
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops
admitted Tuesday he wasn’t nearly as optimistic about an offensive line replacing four starters as offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson
was before the season.
He was "a lot more so than I was,” Stoops said Tuesday during his weekly press conference. "You never heard me that way.”
Before the season, Wilson publicly built up the potential of the Sooner line, even though only two of its members, tackle Trent Williams
and guard Brian Simmons
, had played meaningful snaps in their careers.
But from the opener, the line has struggled throughout the season, both in paving running lanes for running backs DeMarco Murray
and Chris Brown
and protecting quarterbacks Sam Bradford
and Landry Jones
"There is no replacement for experience,” Stoops said. "Experience is a major factor at every level of this game.”
Later, Wilson was asked about Stoops’ comments.
"You guys never played cards? You watch that Texas hold ’em deal, where sometimes you bluff a little bit, too?” Wilson said. "But those guys, the only problem I have is that those guys are more talented than they have played. They’re gaining on it. But their talent level does not match their performance.
"So to me, I see their talent and their potential. But potential’s a dirty word. That just means you haven’t done it yet.”
Carter continues to shine
Free safety Quinton Carter
sometimes gets overshadowed because of how prolific some of his defensive teammates are. But Carter’s coaches realize how valuable he’s been this season.
Last Saturday, Carter had another strong outing, recording a team-high nine tackles, recovering a fumble, and picking off a pass in the fourth quarter to end Kansas State’s late rally.
"Quinton has had an excellent year,” Stoops said. "He had an interception on the opening play against Kansas to start us off with great field position. Run support, tackling, he has been a very good player.