Dominique Whaley's ankle injury doesn't cross his mind when he plays. There are days when he feels like maybe he won't be back to where he was last year, but then he thinks positive and starts to push himself.
“Once I get in the groove of things, I don't really do much thinking,” Whaley said. “It's just running.”
Besides, there are big offensive lineman like Lane Johnson and Tyrus Thompson out there working to create a gap for him to get through.
“Big, strong guys,” Whaley said of his impressions of the lineman. “Really big. They do everything right. I have no problem running behind them at all. I might even hide behind them.”
STUBHUB & OU CREATE FAN TICKET MARKETPLACE
Want a ticket to an OU game? Can't make it to the game?
Oklahoma Athletics and StubHub partnered to bring the Official Fan to Fan Ticket Marketplace, which will allow ticket transactions between fans.
The marketplace will be available for the first football game in Norman this year, Sept. 8 against Florida A&M.
The marketplace can be found at stubhub.com/ou-tickets
METOYER: GRISSOM ‘A FREAK'
Much of the buzz surrounding Oklahoma's offense has centered around true freshman wide receiver Trey Metoyer, who fans have been waiting to see since he signed in February 2011.
But Metoyer is impressed with another newcomer to the Sooners' offense: sophomore tight end Geneo Grissom who, until the start of the summer, was a defensive end.
“Geneo is a big help,” Metoyer said. “He's a big guy. He's got hands probably the size of mine, and he can run.
“I say that's a freak. We really need him.”
Grissom requested the position switch after realizing it was his best chance to get on the field. The Sooners had strong depth at defensive end but were thin at tight end.
Coach Bob Stoops declared Grissom OU's first-team tight end last week, although position coach Bruce Kittle tempered that a bit, saying the competition with Brannon Green and Taylor McNamara was ongoing.
Grissom has battled injuries through his Sooner career. A stress fracture in one foot forced him to redshirt as a true freshman, and then another stress fracture, in his other foot, cost him valuable repetitions in workouts this spring. He said he feels fine now, though.
HURST LIKES STICKING TO ONE SIDE OF FIELD
Senior cornerback Demontre Hurst said this year, he and fellow corner Aaron Colvin are sticking to one side of the field rather than being assigned to the field or boundary side. Hurst said he likes the change.
“I think everyone has gotten comfortable being one side and seeing everything,” Hurst said. “Last year, we just saw the field or boundary side.
“We get comfortable seeing the ins and outs of both sides of the field. I think that makes us more versatile and reliable against the run game and the short passes and different schemes.”
Hurst and Colvin will be joined as secondary starters by safeties Tony Jefferson and Javon Harris and nickelback Gabe Lynn. Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said sophomore Julian Wilson, Lynn's backup at the nickel, would be the sixth defensive back or “dime” back in some schemes.
Compiled by Stephanie Kuzydym and Jason Kersey