Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops was asked Wednesday about former OU quarterback Steve Davis' letter to encourage Landry Jones, who has dealt with his share of critics and blame this season.
Davis, who won more national championships (2) than he lost games (1) in his three seasons as a starter in the 1970s, wrote a similar letter to Nate Hybl earlier in Stoops' tenure.
“It's pretty special,” Stoops said, comparing Davis' encouragement of Jones to his own relationship with Barry Switzer.
“We have a unique fraternity of players and coaches who know what it's like to have to deal with all of that here.
“We all go through the same things. To hear from things like that is a positive.”
BROWN RETURNS TO COTTON BOWL
As a first-year Sooner, senior receiver Justin Brown hasn't ever played in the Red River Rivalry. But he has played inside Dallas' Cotton Bowl stadium.
In 2012, as a matter of fact.
Brown's last game with Penn State was a 30-14 loss to Houston in the TicketCity Bowl, which was played in the same stadium as the annual Red River Rivalry game.
Brown caught a slick 69-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter of the TicketCity Bowl.
“There wasn't that many people there when we played,” Brown said Tuesday after practice, saying he expects there to be more fans in the crowd for his first and only OU-Texas game.
COLVIN FINALLY PICKED ONE OFF
Junior cornerback Aaron Colvin, who was a starting safety a year ago, has clearly established himself as one of the Sooners' premier players.
But his interception in last week's rout at Texas Tech was the first of his career.
“I was kind of upset that I wasn't getting any turnovers or interceptions,” he said. “Talking to my family members, my mom, my brother and my dad. They told me to keep working hard in practice.”
Colvin's pick came when he was blitzing; Tech quarterback Seth Doege, threw the ball, Colvin jumped into the air to deflect it, but caught it instead.
Later, he tipped a pass that safety Javon Harris intercepted and returned for a touchdown.
“(Harris is) always in the right place at the right time,” Colvin said. “Your preparation allows you to do things and I feel like that's what helps him make a lot of plays.”
STILLS BOTHERED BY TEXAS' CLAIM TO PREP SUPREMACY
Oklahoma junior receiver Kenny Stills is from California, so he didn't have much knowledge of the OU-Texas game and all its tradition before his freshman season.
After two years with the Sooners, Stills said he doesn't “have any hatred” for Texas. But one thing about the Lone Star State that does bother him? Its claim to host the best high school football.
“I'm a California kid; the only thing that kinda bothers me is them talking about who has the best high school football, or where the best players come from,” he said.
Stills has played well in his two previous Red River games. In 2010, he caught five passes for 78 yards and a touchdown. Last season, he caught two touchdowns.
Co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel on Jones, who can become part of a select group of OU quarterbacks to be 3-0 as starters against Texas:
“His performance in the Cotton Bowl isn't what gives me confidence in him or the football team. ... His ability to play in big games and be resilient and come back and keep attacking and be decisive … the player he is is why I have a lot of confidence in him.”