After revealing some classified information Wednesday night, Gabe Ikard and Bronson Irwin might find themselves running a few extra wind sprints when Oklahoma's fall camp begins bright and early Thursday morning.
No, the duo of senior offensive linemen didn't reveal the identity of Oklahoma's 2013 starting quarterback.
During a Sooner Caravan event inside the Cox Convention Center, master of ceremonies Toby Rowland asked each student-athlete present to divulge something embarrassing about their head coach.
Irwin said that after big wins, the team circles up in the locker room and chants, “Coach Stoops, Coach Stoops.”
“Then, out of the crowd, Coach Stoops comes out, and this is what you see,” Irwin said.
Ikard stood on the stage and performed Stoops' victory dance — “The Youngstown Shuffle” — described by the senior center as a “mix of scuba and bull riding.”
The night before Oklahoma's first preseason practice, Stoops wouldn't dance, but was nonetheless jovial and relaxed during his question-and-answer session with Rowland, women's basketball coach Sherri Coale and men's basketball coach Lon Kruger.
The Sooners will practice once in each of the first five days of camp. After that, NCAA rules allow two-a-day practices every other day.
Stoops detailed his practice schedule for the crowd.
“We'll go two days with helmets and shoes, no pads,” Stoops said. “Then the third and fourth days, you have shoulder pads, helmets and shoes, and on the fifth day you're allowed to go full pads.
“Truthfully, with shoulder pads, helmets and shoes, we really don't need pants.”
The crowd erupted in laughter, prompting Stoops to quickly clarify, “We need pants. We don't need pads in the pants. We go full go ... because everything in today's game is up. Rarely are you down at the ankles and knees.”
As the laughter continued, Stoops smiled and ordered the crowd to “get over it.”
Stoops and his players will again sign autographs and interact with supporters Saturday morning during “Meet the Sooners Day,” then will answer questions at the program's annual media day that afternoon.
The quarterback question will undoubtedly be asked at every turn until Stoops has a firm answer. Blake Bell, who was Landry Jones' backup last year and gained valuable game experience in the popular short-yardage “Belldozer” package, is widely considered the odds-on favorite, but Stoops has shot down that idea on multiple occasions, most recently at last week's Big 12 Media Days in Dallas.
Ikard was there, too, and recited a similar answer each time he was asked about the quarterback battle.
“I have this answer memorized from Media Days,” Ikard told the crowd Wednesday. “All three guys are really good at running the ball. They all have a very impressive set of skills. They're gonna add a new dimension to our offense with the way that all three of them can run the ball. Those guys are gonna push each other through camp, all preseason they're gonna be battling with one another.
“We're excited to see who separates themselves. All three of those guys are good options. We're excited to see what's gonna happen. We kind of want to know just as much as you guys just so we can be comfortable.”
When Stoops took the stage a few minutes later, Rowland asked who would be the quarterback.
“Gabe,” Stoops responded. “Just because he can't dance doesn't mean he can't be the quarterback.”