The primary reason tight end Austin Haywood played sparingly as a freshman was he struggled at times blocking.
"He's come a long way the last 12 months," said tight ends coach Bruce Kittle. "He's really made up his mind to get after it. He's one the most physical blockers we've had in our offensive line group. I feel real good about him."
Kittle said James Hanna remains the starting tight end because of experience, but Haywood is pushing for a larger role.
JONES ON TRACK FOR TEXAS
Starting right offensive tackle Jarvis Jones suffered a knee injury during the spring but is on track to return for Texas (Oct. 8).
"He's rehab has gone well," Kittle said. "He has good flexibility. His range of motion is exceeding what we had hoped for at this point. It's just a matter of rebuilding strength to go full speed. But he's on pace. There's nothing that's happened so far to make us think he won't be ready to play against Texas."
SOONERS PRACTICE TWICE TODAY
The term two-a-days is misleading. The Sooners have only four two-a-days scheduled. The first double session is Tuesday. The morning practice will begin at 8 a.m. The evening session will begin at 6 or 6:30.
"If you can spread it out over more days, players stay healthier, they stay more fresh," said coach Bob Stoops. "You have more time in meetings. It's a lot better now than the way it used to be."
The Sooners have another two-a-day scheduled Thursday and two double sessions next week before classes start Aug. 22.
Years ago, classes didn't start until after Labor Day, which led to more two-a-days.
"Wow," said running back Roy Finch. "I can't imagine going through that. I'd go crazy."
"We were No. 1 last year. Not for very long. But we were No. 1. Just having that experience and being at a place like Oklahoma with all the tradition, all the great teams that have come through here, we're kind of used to it. Not in a bad way. We know how to handle ourselves, not get too high or get too low." — quarterback Landry Jones.
The Sooners went through the legendary "Oklahoma drill" on Monday with a different twist. A defender tried to shed a blocker one-on-one instead of a three-on-three format. ... Stoops said he wants to "solidify some things" before announcing the status of freshman wide receiver Trey Metoyer and freshmen defensive tackles Jordan Phillips and Jordan Wade, who are attempting to qualify academically and haven't arrived, yet.