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by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: October 2, 2012

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.”


Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy recently announced that he'll no longer discuss any player injuries.

Stoops was asked about Gundy's new policy during his Monday news conference.

“I like his policy,” Stoops said. “I've never addressed it when I thought a guy had an opportunity to play."

Stoops repeated what he's said in the past: He doesn't want his players' weaknesses out there for opponents to exploit.

“If a guy's been out, I've been pretty forthcoming about saying he's out,” Stoops said.

“I don't know that I'll change that right now, but I'll see how it goes for Mike.”

Two weeks ago, Stoops also said he thinks going too public with injury reporting contributes to gambling on college sports.

“I don't believe in that,” he said then

“I say to heck with them.”


The Sooners got their first commitment for the 2014 class late Monday when wide receiver Armanti Foreman committed.

Foreman (5-foot-11, 175 pounds) had more than 900 receiving yards as a sophomore last year for Texas City, Texas.

He was offered by the Sooners in mid-September and wasted no time jumping on board. OU was Foreman's first offer.

Oklahoma wide receivers coach Jay Norvell visited Texas City last month, sparking the interest from Foreman.

Foreman's commitment is nonbinding. He can sign beginning in early February 2014.

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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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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