Bob Stoops said he believes incoming junior-college defensive tackle Quincy Russell will finish his last classes next week and arrive in Norman shortly after that.
“We're still finishing some classes,” Stoops said. “We're hopeful that will be finished next week.”
Asked about Russell cutting it close to the beginning of OU's fall classes, Stoops responded, “We're a long way from classes. We expect him to hopefully be done next week.”
Russell (6-foot-4, 315 pounds) signed with Texas out of high school before academics forced him to begin his collegiate career at Trinity Valley Community College.
THOMPSON'S SURGERY SUCCESSFUL
Sooners co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said there wasn't anything extraordinary about the play that led to quarterback Kendal Thompson's broken foot in Thursday's opening practice.
“He planted, made a cut and his foot gave out,” Heupel said. “There wasn't anything that happened — he didn't trip; he didn't get fallen on. It's one of those freak instances he's going to have to come back from.”
The sophomore underwent surgery Thursday afternoon.
“There was nothing unexpected and they felt really good about it and how it all went,” Stoops said. “That puts Kendal back in the mix very early in the season.”
Thompson is expected to miss six weeks, although Stoops said he could be back even quicker.
Stoops said Blake Bell and Trevor Knight, who are competing for the starting job, and true freshman Cody Thomas would split the practice reps that had been going to Thompson.
JUCO O-LINEMEN COULD START
Oklahoma returns five offensive line starters with experience, but Stoops said that doesn't mean the Sooners' new junior-college linemen couldn't steal their starting positions.
OU added tackle Josiah St. John and guards Dionte Savage and Tony Feo in the offseason.
“They definitely are guys that have the ability to play in this league and play well,” Stoops said. “They'll be in this rotation and if not fighting for starting jobs.”
HEUPEL EXPECTS BIG THINGS FROM FINCH
Roy Finch found himself on the outs last season.
Bouncing between wide receiver and running back before the season, Finch fell out of favor and wound up with just nine touches on offense all season — more than half against Florida A&M.
“For whatever reason, I don't think he was playing the way he's capable of at any of the positions,” Heupel said.
There has been a chance in Finch, now a senior, this offseason, according to Heupel.
“His maturity, the way he's approached this offseason in the weight room, academically, at practice, meetings — he's been tremendous,” Heupel said. “He's been mature in a great way. Because of that, I feel like he's going to have a great year.”