OU spring practice report: Day 13
After OU completed its Thursday for Saturday’s Red-White Spring Game, trash talk pervaded the day.
And nobody talks trash like Sooner linebacker Travis Lewis, the second round pick of the White Team.
“I told my offense, score seven, and we’ll call it a game,” said Lewis. “I asked coach Stoops, what time the training room would be open Sunday, because the red team is going to need it.”
The White team is highlighted by QB Landry Jones, the team’s first pick, wideout Dejuan Miller, and a pretty stout defense featuring the Lewis brothers, Travis and Ronnell, safety Quinton Carter and defensive end Jeremy Beal.
“I feel pretty confident,” Travis Lewis said. “Give us a field goal, and that should be it, because they’re not going to cross our side of the field.”
The Red Team is no slouch, with some offensive playmakers. Ryan Broyles, Jaz Reynolds, Brandon Caleb and Mossis Madu will all don Red.
But whether the Red prevails could depend heavily on the performance of redshirt freshman QB Drew Allen, whom the White defenders already are attempting to intimidate.
“They got a rookie QB,” Lewis said. “When I saw that, I was licking my chops.”
The winner of Red-White game will get a steak dinner Monday. The loser? Hot dogs and beans.
Other news and notes from Thursday’s practice:
* Perhaps the surprise arrival this spring has come from running back Dominique Whaley. The walk-on who came to OU from Lawton Mac via Langston College was actually the first running back taken in the draft (though Mossis Madu wasn’t eligible as a senior, and Jermie Calhoun has been banged up). Still Whaley has shown capable of making plays and has made a name for himself among his defensive teammates.
“He was MVP of the second scrimmage,” Stoops said. “He’ll have a hard time beating those other guys out, but he’s doing a good job.”
“The guy has had a really good spring,” said linebacker Daniel Franklin. “A really good spring.”
* Center Ben Habern, originally ruled out for the Spring Game, might actually play, Stoops said.
Said Stoops: “I’ll still revisit with the training staff, but they feel he’s good to go.”
Habern is coming off a broken fibula, but has healed ahead of schedule.
* Freshman safety Kevin Brent, perhaps overlooked because he was injured all last year, could take over for Quinton Carter in 2011 as the enforcer of the secondary.
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