Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops, Joe Taylor coached together in Hula Bowl

Former Heritage Hall star Sterling Shepard hopes role will increase as season progresses
by Stephanie Kuzydym Published: September 6, 2012

Bob Stoops and Florida A&M coach Joe Taylor have a history.

They coached together in the 2002 Hula Bowl, along Steve Spurrier and Dick Tomey.

A picture of the four coaches, coaching in their sandals, hangs in Stoops' office.

“That was the one time I got to do that, and it was pretty special,” Stoops said. “Joe's a great guy and runs an excellent program. They've got a bunch of good athletes as you watch them play.

“You can tell they've done a good job recruiting and are very sound in the things they do.”

Taylor became FAMU's coach in 2008, after 16 seasons as coach at Hampton (Va.).


True freshman receiver Sterling Shepard had limited action Saturday at UTEP, and the former Heritage Hall standout said he thinks his role will increase in the Sooners' offense as he gains more experience.

“The first time I ran out there was really exciting,” said Shepard, whose late father, Derrick, was a receiver on OU's 1985 national championship team.

“You've got a lot of stuff flying through your head, and you've just gotta remain calm and try to play the game. I tried to do what I could for however long I was in there.”

Shepard said any future playing time this season is up to co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel.

“I think it may increase,” Shepard said. “We'll just have to see. Coach Heupel knows what he's doing.

“Whenever I go in, I'm gonna be ready and I'm just gonna try to make plays. That's how I'm gonna be able to get on the field even more.”


Senior cornerback Demontre Hurst said he's pleased with the overall effort of the Sooner secondary last week against UTEP.

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by Stephanie Kuzydym
Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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