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Oklahoma football: Ahmad Thomas working for starting spot

by Jason Kersey Published: March 15, 2014

“It’s never the same in college football,” Norvell said. “You always have to coach new players, and it’s fun to coach new players. I think that’s the exciting thing about college football is there are very few incumbents, or guys who come back and have themselves established. It’s fun to see kids grow and mature.

“That’s why I’m here. That’s why I love coaching college football is to see those kind of kids grow.”

Norvell said the spring is his favorite time to coach, because there is no game planning; everything is about coaching fundamentals.

“It’s the most enjoyable time really for me to coach because you’re truly teaching the game,” Norvell said.

Junior Sterling Shepard is the most experienced returning receiver and the clear leader of the group. Junior Durron Neal; sophomores Derrick Woods and Austin Bennett; and redshirt freshmen Dannon Cavil, Jordan Smallwood and K.J. Young are some of the guys competing for playing time next season.


Sophomore Trevor Knight, on being the most experienced of OU’s quarterbacks: “It’s weird because up until this year I’ve been considered one of the youngest guys and one of the shortest guys, and now I feel like I’m one of the bigger guys and I’m the oldest guy on campus now.”

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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