“They don't need to be handicapped or put in a position to be taken advantage of,” Stoops said. “If he's definitely out, I've always said a guy's definitely out when I knew.”
BROWN TALKS ABOUT WHAT IT TAKES TO PLAY SLOT RECEIVER
Oklahoma senior receiver Justin Brown's arrival from Penn State was part of the chain of events that ultimately led to a permanent move to the slot for junior Kenny Stills.
Brown (6-foot-3, 209 pounds) has caught six passes for 87 yards in two games so far at OU; as a Nittany Lion last season, he grabbed 35 passes for 517 yards and two scores, and some of that came with the natural outside receiver playing inside because of injuries.
Stills has flourished in the slot through two games, leading the Sooners with 16 catches, 241 yards and two touchdowns so far.
“It's a transition,” Brown said of moving inside. “It depends on the person, and how fast they can read coverages and pick it up.
“If you have some football smarts, it's not that hard. You basically have a lot more freedom; you have a lot more field to work with. It's beneficial to know how to play slot and outside.”
But in addition to brains, a slot receiver needs a certain mentality to make plays across the middle when you're subject to intense collisions with linebackers.
“You've got to be fearless,” Brown said. “You can't be scared going across the middle, because that's basically what you're gonna be doing.
“That's what it comes down to; you have to have that mentality that you're gonna take a hit and you'd better be able to make the catch.”
Oklahoma assistant guard/center coach James Patton on if OU's defense is gap sound every day:
“Sure. Definitely. We had some good on good today.”