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Practice report (8-31-09)

Jake Trotter Modified: April 18, 2013 at 4:40 pm •  Published: August 31, 2009

The Sooners held their first game-week practice of the year, as OU prepares for Saturday’s game against BYU. Three pieces of news came from today:

1. Mike Balogun will not travel with the team to Arlington as he continues his fight with the NCAA.

What Bob Stoops said about Balogun: “Right now he’s not certified so that tells me I can’t bring him.

“It’s looking that way, at least this week. I don’t want to say something definitively and then something comes back during the week that we didn’t know about. Right now, that’s what he’s anticipating.”

My take: As long as Balogun continues to be decertified by the NCAA, he will not be playing on the field, regardless of what happens in the courtroom. It’s too much risk for the OU program on one player. The good news is that the Idaho St. is next week, so essentially the Sooners have 2 weeks before they would need him again. But time will tell if the NCAA makes a ruling by then.

2. Former tight end Brody Eldridge will start at center, but could also play tight end in spots Saturday.

What Stoops said about Eldridge: “He’s still working there. He does well there. As long as everything is still good and consistent at tight end, we’re going to work him there. You think about it, Brody, as I have said for the last two years, has been one of our best players and it allows him to be on the field even more. That’s our thinking and you never know, things may change, but he’ll work there some.

“He’s awfully good there. I don’t see a big deal in it. It would if he had only been here a year, but this guy’s been great for us for three years. When we see him doing a great job there against our d-line this whole time. He’s going to have another number if we want to put him at tight end and work some other guys, he can do that too.”

My take: Brody starting at center is not surprising; him playing tight end and center in one game is. Stoops couldn’t recall a specific incident of a player having to go back and forth between numbers. Neither can I. Will it happen? I think so. Coaches told Ben Habern that he would play this weekend, which means that Eldridge will either be on the sidelines or on the field at tight end when that happens. My guess is the latter.

3. Stephen Good has fallen behind Jarvis Jones atop the depth chart at right guard.

What Stoops said about Good and Jones: “I’ll let Coach Patton and Coach Wilson speak to that more. That’s how they feel it should be right now.”

My take: Very surprising. Good had been the starter there since Feb. But clearly, the coaches have found something they like in Jones. This is one that could go back and forth, similar to the way Branndon Braxton and Trent Williams rotated 2 years ago. Either way, both will play enough to the point it shouldn’t matter too much who starts.

* The Sooners released an interesting tidbit in their weekly notes — fall strength and conditioning testing results. Couple numbers that stood out: Dom Franks’ 40 time (4.38), Trent Williams’ and Brian Simmons’ 40 time (4.75 and 4.65, respectively), Stephen Good’s squat (630). Here are the rest of the numbers:

C: Ben Habern, 430
CB: Brian Jackson, 350
DE: Pryce Macon, 395
DT: Gerald McCoy, Adrian Taylor, 420
LB: Travis Lewis, 380
OG: Brian Simmons, 415
OT: Trent Williams, 395
WR: Ryan Broyles, 320
S: Sam Proctor, 330
TE-FB: James Hanna, 355

40-yard dash
C: Ben Habern, 4.61
CB: Dominique Franks, 4.38
DE: F. Alexander, P. Macon, 4.69
DT: Gerald McCoy, 4.83
LB: J.R. Bryant, 4.51
OG: Brian Simmons, 4.65
OT: Trent Williams, 4.75
WR: Ryan Broyles, 4.41
RB: Chris Brown, 4.44
S: Sam Proctor, 4.58
TE-FB: Jermaine Gresham, Hanna, 4.56

C: Habern, Lepak, 455
CB: Brian Jackson, 455
DE: Pryce Macon, 455
DT: Gerald McCoy, 585
LB: Travis Lewis, 500
OG: Stephen Good, 630
WR: James Winchester, 455
RB: Brown, Madu, 405
S: Sam Proctor, 455
TE/FB Jermaine Gresham, 455

C: Ben Habern, 26.5
CB: Brian Jackson, 37.5
DE: Frank Alexander, 31.5
DT: Adrian Taylor, 34.5
LB: J.R. Bryant, 34.5
OG: Stephen Good, 29.5
OT: Trent Williams, 28.5
WR: James Winchester, 38.0
RB: Chris Brown, 32.0
S: Sam Proctor, 33.5
TE/FB: James Hanna, 37.5

* The Sooners got their 23rd commitment for the class of 2010 Monday in FW Dunbar LB Rashod Favors. Favors (6-2, 225) is a 3-star prospect and rated the No. 22 inside LB in the country by

* Lastly, Monday’s OU Football show discussing BYU QB Max Hall.


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