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Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops remains positive

by Jason Kersey 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

The way Hurst spoke Friday, it sounded as if he expected the honor.

“Being a leader, you want to be captain,” Hurst laughed. “You put yourself in that driver seat to feel that you are the captain, whether you are or not.”

BIG PRAISE FOR O-LINE FROM KING

David King, a senior starter on the defensive line, said he isn't worried about the Sooners' offensive line because he's personally seen — and felt — how well they're practicing.

“I think Gabe Ikard's doing a good job leading those guys,” King said. “Bronson Irwin's done a good job of replacing Tyler (Evans).

“We're gonna have one of the better O-lines in the league, if not the country, this year.”

King was slated to start at defensive end, but will shift inside to tackle while senior Stacy McGee serves an indefinite suspension.

OU opens the 2012 season at UTEP in less than two weeks.

“I'm ready to get going,” King said. “I'm tired of banging against my own people.”

SAUNDERS BRINGS A LOT TO SOONERS

Although Oklahoma is still awaiting the NCAA ruling on whether transfer receiver Jalen Saunders will be eligible to play, it isn't stopping him from performing big during preseason and getting noticed.

Defensive back Tony Jefferson said of the receivers, he really likes Saunders for what he adds to the receiving corps.

“He can punt return,” Jefferson said. “His routes just off the line are crazy. He's quick.”

But fans of the No. 4 jersey should know that Kenny Stills is still the fastest receiver that can play.

“He's not faster than Kenny,” Jefferson said of Saunders. “He's quicker.”

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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