Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said Friday that he and other coaches will meet Monday to discuss the freshman class and which members of it will redshirt this season.
Running back Daniel Brooks, who committed to OU in March 2011 but suffered a knee injury during his senior year of high school, is still recovering and will definitely redshirt. Quarterback Trevor Knight, who is from San Antonio, is a likely candidate to redshirt because of the depth at his position.
Many other freshmen, though, are tough to predict. In the cases of defensive ends, offensive linemen and receivers, freshmen may be needed to provide depth.
“I keep saying it; I want to play them all, whenever they are able to,” Stoops said. “That is a really good class and most of them are ready to play.”
HURST SAYS SIMON ‘IN THE MIX' AT CB
Senior cornerback Demontre Hurst doesn't think a depth chart for the defensive backfield has been finalized, but that true freshman Gary Simon was impressive through fall camp.
Unlike many other incoming freshmen, Simon didn't join the team for summer workouts, which put him a little behind initially, Hurst said.
“Overall, on the field, he's being real productive,” Hurst said. “I'm coaching him up, one-on-one, trying to get him to get confident, and learn schemes.
“I don't know what the depth chart looks like right now, but he's in the mix and I know he's excited about the season.”
WALKER: HARDEN BEARD NOT ORIGINAL
Oklahoma defensive tackle Casey Walker knows he and Thunder star James Harden have similar beards.
Harden's beard became popular during the Thunder's run through the NBA playoffs, but Walker said his is the original.
“He copied me because I had it last year,” Walker said.
Walker's beard isn't as long as Harden's.
“I had to cut mine for my wedding so it's now growing back,” said Walker, who got married in the offseason.
Defensive tackle David King on the team's goals:
“Go to your classes, go to your workouts, go to your meals, just do the little things. Because if you miss too many little things, they add up to a big thing and it takes away from the team. That's what happened to us last year with a bunch of guys missing classes and getting suspended from practice and whatnot. We just, we weren't ready and it showed when we got exposed by Tech, Baylor and OSU. We just got to come out this year and do the things we didn't do last year.”