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OU football notebook: No plans to change punt formation

BY DAVID UBBEN, Staff Writer, Modified: November 6, 2009 at 8:42 am •  Published: November 6, 2009
Oklahoma punter Tress Way had a tipped punt travel 42 yards against Kansas State, but coach Bob Stoops says Oklahoma’s punt formation, which features a closing gate of three blockers in the backfield, won’t change any time soon.

"You’re not quite as passive up front. It allows your front guys to get out in coverage a little quicker,” he said. "It just gives you more guys to get downfield sooner.”

Fullback Matt Clapp has just one touch on the year — a one-yard carry in the season opener — in part because of a broken hand that’s required him to wear a bulky cast during games since his injury on Oct. 7.

Stoops said Clapp’s cast should come off "pretty soon,” but that hasn’t stopped the offense from trying to get him the ball at least once.

"We threw one to Matt with that club on his hand and it bounced off,” Stoops said, referencing a play that came against Baylor. "I wasn’t too pleased about that.”

For one of the first times all season, Oklahoma’s receivers’ performance on Saturday drew few complaints, mostly because of their slowly dwindling drop count.


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