Stoops said the Sooners' play at tight end “hasn't been as strong as you want it to be,” but that it's not entirely unexpected given the position's inexperience.
Of the three rotating tight ends — junior Brannon Green, sophomore Geneo Grissom and true freshman Taylor McNamara — only Green has caught a pass this year. He had three catches for 45 yards, including an 18-yard touchdown, in the season opener at UTEP.
Oklahoma was left depleted at the position when Trent Ratterree and James Hanna both graduated after last season. Promising sophomore Austin Haywood quit the team and transferred to Central Arkansas, then quit there and joined Oklahoma Baptist's new program.
Grissom spent his first two years on campus as a defensive end before switching positions at the beginning of the summer.
“They're working hard, and hopefully they'll keep coming along to where we can keep using them more and more,” Stoops said of Green, Grissom and McNamara.
STOOPS LAMENTS ‘NIGHTMARE' WEST VIRGINIA-BAYLOR GAME
Stoops was bemoaning the fate of defensive coaches in college football, especially in the Big 12, where West Virginia outlasted Baylor, 70-63 on Saturday.
“It's a nightmare,” Stoops said.
Stoops said he's constantly asking the rules committee to check the obvious offensive advantages.
But concerning West Virginia's epic over Baylor, Stoops said: “What you have to appreciate, while everyone will have their debates, the precision of some of the quarterbacks and receivers, some of the things they're doing, it's pretty strong. Just gets harder and harder to defend.”