OU freshman Joe Mixon quietly reactived his Twitter account Monday evening — hours after being arraigned on a misdemeanor charge — then broke his silence Tuesday afternoon.
“Comeback Season In The Work But Now I'm Thinking Bigger,” Mixon tweeted, quoting lyrics from a Drake song.
The former five-star prospect was suspended from football for one year shortly after his arraignment on the charge stemming from an early morning altercation with 20-year-old Amelia Rae Molitor on July 25 at Pickleman’s Gourmet Cafe.
After the altercation, Mixon deactivated his Twitter account.
The Oakley, Calif., native used the social media account heavily throughout his recruitment, retweeting virtually anything any college football fan said about him.
Mixon committed to Oklahoma during January’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio. He was the crown jewel of the Sooners’ 2014 signing class and was expected to immediately compete for playing time in Oklahoma’s inexperienced backfield.
NORVELL ENCOURAGES RECRUITS TO PLAY OTHER SPORTS
You would think major college football coaches discourage high school athletes from playing multiple sports and persuade them to focus on football exclusively.
Oklahoma co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell does exactly the opposite.
“I love to see them play more sports,” Norvell said. “Kids that don’t specialize — kids that play a lot of sports — improve more in college because now they’re just focusing on one thing, and you can really see them make a huge jump.”
Norvell has spoken in the past about how much he loves going to watch recruits play high-school basketball.
Freshman wide receiver Jeffery Mead was a multi-sport standout at Tulsa Union, playing football, basketball and baseball. The big, tall wideout has impressed Norvell with his understanding of the game so far and his route running.
“He really studies the game,” Norvell said. “He has that type of mind where he's really gonna understand what we ask him to do, and he asks the right questions.
“He's improving very quickly. Smart, athletic guys end up being really good players and we're excited about Jeffery.”
STOOPS: ‘NO SETBACKS’ FOR PHILLIPS
Defensive tackle Jordan Phillips was having a breakout season through four games in 2013 before a serious back injury forced him to miss the rest of the year.
He was granted a medical hardship waiver by the Big 12 Conference to get back that year, so he’s still considered a redshirt sophomore despite this being his fourth year on campus.
Although he’s medically cleared to practice, OU coaches took it easy with Phillips throughout fall camp. On days when the Sooners practiced twice, Phillips would sit out one of those sessions.
After Monday afternoon’s practice, coach Bob Stoops said Phillips is progressing well.
“We haven’t had any setbacks,” Stoops said. “He got maybe three series in different ways in the scrimmage and we pulled him out.
“Coach (Jerry) Montgomery has managed him well in the number of snaps he’s getting and getting him ready to play. He’s strong and powerful. You can tell he is getting his feel back.”
‘GRANDPA EVANS’ BACK AT IT
Oklahoma’s offensive linemen endearingly call one sixth-year senior “Grandpa Evans.”
Tyler Evans suffered ACL tears that cost him the ability to play in 2012 and 2013. Both seasons would have been his senior year.
He was granted a medical hardship, though, allowing him to give it one more shot in 2014.
Senior offensive tackle Daryl Williams laughed when asked if it feels like Evans has been on the team forever.
“It was a great feeling playing with him, side by side, on every type of block,” Williams said.
The last time Williams and Evans played together in a game, Williams was a freshman and Evans was a junior. Now, both are seniors.
Asked if Evans takes his new nickname well, Williams quipped, “I mean, he's gotten used to it.”
PARKER NAMED IN FEDERAL INDICTMENT
A federal indictment of Tulsa’s “most violent and dangerous gang” alleges the Hoover Crips distributed $10 million of cocaine from Mexican cartels, murdered at least one witness, ran a dog-fighting ring and had a vast network of co-conspirators, including former OU running back De’Mond Parker, the Tulsa World reported.
Parker, who is listed in the indictment as Demonn Parker, was arrested last year on complaints of trafficking crack base and marijuana.
According to an arrest report, Parker was found with marijuana during a search. Police also discovered a machete and 28 grams of crack cocaine inside the vehicle. He was released on bail and no charges were filed until Tuesday’s indictment.
Quarterback Trevor Knight, on his backup, redshirt freshman Cody Thomas: “Mentally is where I’d say he's taken a lot of strides. He's getting through his progression, playing calm, playing like he's been here before, and that comes with him being here a little while. He was the scout team guy last year, but then through the spring, got a lot of reps in the offense and it shows.”