STOOPS ‘DISAPPOINTED' FOR JEFFERSON
Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops expressed disappointment for former Sooner safety Tony Jefferson, who wasn't selected in last month's NFL Draft.
But Stoops also said he wasn't surprised.
“Nothing surprises me in the draft,” Stoops said Monday, when he appeared for an OU Caravan event at Tulsa's Shusterman Center.
“I was disappointed, of course, I want all my guys to be drafted as high as they can be. But in the end, there's always a lot of reasons why NFL teams do or don't draft guys. Some of them are whether they play, how they test when they measure a guy.”
Jefferson chose to skip his senior season to enter this year's NFL Draft, and most experts projected him for selection in the top three rounds. But his draft stock gradually slipped from January to April, and ultimately, every NFL team passed on the second-team All-American.
Jefferson signed a free-agent contract with the Arizona Cardinals shortly after the draft ended.
Asked if he thought in January that Jefferson might go undrafted, Stoops said, “To a degree. I thought he would be. I didn't feel it would be in the first day because of information I have. I feel bad for him. I wish he was.”
Stoops added that “it will be difficult” for Jefferson to make the Cardinals' roster as an undrafted free agent.
Jefferson led the Sooners with 119 tackles last season, playing most of the year on a high-ankle sprain.
KRUGER: WOODARD WILL CONTRIBUTE
Oklahoma men's basketball coach Lon Kruger said he expects incoming freshman point guard Jordan Woodard to make an immediate impact.
In three seasons as Edmond Memorial's starting point guard, Woodard helped lead the Bulldogs to two Class 6A state championships, including the 2013 title. He needed arthroscopic knee surgery after his senior season, and played the state championship game on a badly injured hamstring.
“He's a good basketball player,” Kruger said. “He's a team guy. He handled the ball well at the point, probably more of a point guard than anyone else we've got. When you think about Je'lon (Hornbeak), Isaiah (Cousins), they're more combo guard who have played some point. But Jordan's played point all his life, and that's his natural position.”
Kruger's team loses departing senior Sam Grooms, who started 39 games at point guard over the past two seasons. Rising sophomores Hornbeak, Cousins and Buddy Hield, though, make up a strong group of young guards who played well last season.
OU WOMEN DEEP AT GUARD
One of the toughest losses the Oklahoma's basketball team must overcome next season is forward Joanna McFarland, who averaged 9.9 points and 10.5 rebounds in 2012-13.
OU's strength next year will certainly be in its backcourt. The Sooners return starting guards Morgan Hook, Aaryn Ellenberg and Sharane Campbell, plus young reserves Maddie Manning and Nicole Kornet.
Also, three of the Sooners' four incoming recruits are guards. Coach Sherri Coale added guards Gioya Carter, T'ona Edwards and Derica Wyatt to the fold, along with forward Shaya Kellogg.
“Contrary to popular opinion, we are not trying to compete in the 6-foot and under league,” Coale joked. “They're really good players. I think there will be a lot of competition for playing time, I really do.”
Carter, from Carl Albert, was The Oklahoman's 2013 Super 5 Player of the Year, and Edwards was named Little All-City Player of the Year after leading Northeast to the Class 2A state title.
STOOPS OK AFTER MINOR PROCEDURE
Stoops arrived at Monday's OU Caravan in Tulsa with a stitches on his right cheek.
He said he underwent a minor medical procedure and that he's fine.