Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops remains positive

by Jason Kersey and Stephanie Kuzydym Published: August 18, 2012


photo - OU COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Head coach Bob Stoops speaks with the media during the Meet the Sooners event at the University of Oklahoma on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, in Norman, Okla.  Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
OU COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Head coach Bob Stoops speaks with the media during the Meet the Sooners event at the University of Oklahoma on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops began his talks with the media this preseason with a positive attitude and a lot of excitement about his 2012 squad.

Despite the injuries and the suspensions on both sides of the ball, Stoops smiled when talking about the addition of Penn State transfer Justin Brown or the other newcomers to his receiving corps. He's been impressed with defensive ends Charles Tapper and Michael Onuoha coming in, as well as R.J. Washington and David King stepping up on the defensive line.

Stoops started a recent session just naming all the good things about different players before stopping and saying, “Well, you guys know who you want to talk about, so ask away.”

Stoops told the media this week that he has been enthusiastic about the team's preseason.

“I just think the guys are working well,” the 14th-year coach said. “They have had a good attitude. We have had a few nicks, but you know that is going to happen. So overall, it has been good.”

CAPTAIN HURST?

Stoops is expected to name the 2012 team captains soon, and senior cornerback Demontre Hurst described the “honor” and “blessing” it would be if he were chosen.

“It's something that I can establish myself as being a real captain and being a real leader,” Hurst said. “For them guys to even vote for me for captain is a big thing for me, just to see that I have good leadership skills and I'm capable of doing the right things.

“Hopefully I can be captain and represent this team.”

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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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by Stephanie Kuzydym
Reporter
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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