The Sooners went late tonight, wrapping up practice well after 8:30 p.m.
The first person to talk with the media DE coach Chris Wilson. Wilson was really high on Jeremy Beal, said he’s outperforming the other defensive ends. Not surprising. Beal is a star and will be even better this year. But what was surprising was Wilson talking up former blue-chip recruit R.J. Washington, who had fallen to the No. 5 DE during the spring.
“He had that label of being the top player a couple of years ago and that’s a lot of pressure for a young guy,” Wilson said. “Now with some reps and some time in the weight room, he’s turning into a good football player.”
Washington is battling fellow redshirt freshman David King for the fifth defensive end spot.
Wilson also said that Frank Alexander and Auston English are competing this fall for the other starting DE position opposite Beal.
* Veteran cornerback Dom Franks said safety Marcus Trice was the freshman impressing the most right now. Said he is picking up the defense well for a position that is fairly complicated to play. Franks also mentioned freshman cornerback Demontre Hurst, who Bob Stoops singled out in a positive way Monday.
* DeMarcus Granger said he continues to feel better, and that it’s just a matter of getting back into shape. Granger also needs to lose some weight, which should come with more practice time.
* By all accounts, wide receiver Adron Tennell has carried over his solid spring into the fall, and looks to be the man-to-beat for one of the vacant starting spots. He’ll have to produce to keep it, but right now, expect Tennell, Madu and Broyles to be OU’s starting wideouts come Sept. 5.
* The defensive players showed up for interviews much later than the offensive players. According to some of the defensive players, the offense had the better day, and as a result, the defense was kept around for some extra conditioning.
* Ryan Reynolds said he tweaked his hamstring recently and is being careful with it. He says it’s no big deal though. Something else interesting the middle linebacker said was that he doesn’t plan to wear a knee brace in games. Reynolds, coming off his third knee surgery, is wearing one in practice, but as a precaution. Reynolds not wearing a brace in games is really good news.
* Injury report: DeMarco Murray wasn’t in pads coming off the field today. He’s out for the next 2 weeks with a hamstring pull, but has done some light drills. Reserve defensive end Pryce Macon is out with some kind of knee injury. Wore a brace tonight, and was hobbling.
* For tomorrow, I wrote about Big-Game Jermaine Gresham, who has dominated on the biggest stages.
* Finally, join me tomorrow at 11 a.m. on NewsOK.com for an online Sooner football chat.