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.”