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.”
Sophomore Keith Ford and redshirt freshman Alex Ross are the only two running backs with any college football game experience, although it is very limited.
True freshman Samaje Perine is also in the mix. Five-star signee Joe Mixon was expected to compete for the job, but hasn’t practiced with the team while he faces a misdemeanor charge stemming from a late-night altercation with a female OU student in late July.
OU-LOUISIANA TECH PPV DETAILS RELEASED
Fox Sports Oklahoma announced the participating cable and satellite broadcasters that will carry the pay-per-view broadcast of Oklahoma's season opener against Louisiana Tech on Aug. 30. In Oklahoma City, Cox Communications will carry the game on channels 610 and 611
The game wasn't selected for broadcast otherwise that weekend.
Ron Thulin, Dave Lapham and Chad McKee will call the game, with the broadcast beginning at 5 p.m. for the 6 p.m. kickoff. After the game, the broadcast will feature postgame analysis and live broadcasts of the postgame press conferences.
The pay-per-view will be available on cable primarily in Oklahoma, Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas.
Viewers outside Oklahoma can purchase a live stream of the broadcast on SoonerSports.tv for $54.99 or can purchase a package that also includes an annual subscription for $109.99. The purchased stream can be viewed on iPhone, iPad and Android devices with the use of the SoonerSports2Go app.
Cable customers can order the broadcast from their set-top devices or by calling their cable provider.
Freshman fullback Dimitri Flowers, on what surprised him during two-a-days: “I wasn’t ready for how hot it was going to be, honestly. It was rough. … In high school, our two-a-days would be in shorts and a shirt and then in pads. … It’s different. It’s a grind.”