Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops, ice cream man

by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: August 15, 2014
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Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops rode onto the field in the Sooner Schooner following OU’s practice Friday, wearing a cowboy hat and delivering ice cream to his players.

The Sooners wrapped up fall camp Friday, and will begin their regular, in-season practice schedule on Monday when classes start.

OU opens the 2014 season at home Aug. 30 against Louisiana Tech.

SAVAGE MORE COMFORTABLE

Oklahoma senior guard Dionte Savage didn’t play much most of last season after transferring from Arizona Western Community College, but he started the Sooners’ Sugar Bowl victory over Alabama and performed well.

Savage’s start came because the Sooners’ left guard most of the season, Adam Shead, was injured and unable to play.

Savage said he’s going with the first team at left guard currently, but has worked on both sides of the line throughout the preseason.

“I focused on my technique, on my steps,” Savage said. “That was my weakness last year. That’s what I’ve really been working on, and I got better at that. I’m looking forward to seeing how it pays off in the season.”

STOOPS: BACKS IMPRESSIVE SO FAR

Stoops wouldn’t say this week if any running backs are standing out, but did say he’s been impressed by the group as a whole.

The Sooners are trying to replace running backs Brennan Clay, Roy Finch and Damien Williams, all of whom were seniors in 2013.

“They’re all doing well,” Stoops said. “They’ve all stayed healthy. They look good, they’re much bigger, other than Damien Williams. Bigger than what we’re used to with Brennan Clay and Roy Finch, they’re just more physical players.

“They’ve been really solid. Really good. Daniel (Brooks) even adds a nice complement with his great speed.”

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by Ryan Aber
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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