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Oklahoma football: Joe Mixon breaks silence with Tuesday tweet

by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: August 19, 2014

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.

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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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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