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Stoops: With no more byes, injury concerns mean having to ‘watch it’ in practices

by Jason Kersey Modified: April 18, 2013 at 4:47 pm •  Published: October 2, 2012
Coach Bob Stoops and Oklahoma will play the next nine weeks without a bye after two weeks off in September. AP PHOTO
Coach Bob Stoops and Oklahoma will play the next nine weeks without a bye after two weeks off in September. AP PHOTO

NORMAN — Now that Oklahoma has already been through both of its 2012 regular-season bye weeks, the Sooners have nine straight weeks of a brutal Big 12 schedule, starting with Saturday’s game at Texas Tech.

Sooners coach Bob Stoops was asked if he’ll change anything practice-wise because of the long stretch of games — and possible injuries that could result from it.

“Injuries in today’s game are an issue for everybody,” Stoops said. “You get thin real fast, so the more you go good-on-good, you’re always susceptible to get someone banged up.

“If you don’t, you’re worried about making the strides you need to in practice. You have to watch it. You have to get some against each other and you have to keep trying to develop players that haven’t played as much in practice as well.”

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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