Jordan Smallwood’s first season with Oklahoma ended before it began as the wide receiver from Jenks had to have foot surgery before practice began last fall.
Smallwood returned to practice during bowl preparation and has been in the mix during spring practices.
“A great start,” Sooners coach Bob Stoops answered when asked about the impression Smallwood had made so far in the spring. “He’s gonna be a really good player.”
Earlier in the week, several outside coaches were observing the Sooners’ practices, and the wide receivers made an impression based on more than their ball-catching abilities.
“They were marveling at how well our receivers were blocking out there on the perimeter,” Stoops said. “It’s just attitude and effort more than anything.”
KNIGHT GETS A BREATHER
At a scrimmage just before spring break, the Sooners gave starting quarterback Trevor Knight a bit of a break, with the other quarterbacks — redshirt freshman Cody Thomas, freshman Justice Hansen and transfer Baker Mayfield — getting the work.
“They’ve all looked good,” Sooners coach Bob Stoops said. “Justice obviously coming right from high school has the biggest adjustment, but he’s a really talented guy with his arm and how he works. Baker has looked really good. You can tell he’s played. It’s obvious when you watch him out there. He’s comfortable and makes plays.”
Mayfield must sit out this season after transferring from Texas Tech.
VOTE OPEN FOR FIELD DESIGN
Fans can vote at SoonerSports.com for the field design for OU’s spring game on April 12.
Midfield designs include the OU logo by itself, an OU helmet and an outline of the state with the OU logo in the middle.
End zone designs include two different designs with “Oklahoma” in each end zone and three others with various diamond designs.
One fan who votes online will be chosen randomly for a VIP experience that includes field passes and a pregame photo session.
The game will begin at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased for $5 each by calling the OU Athletics Ticket Office at (405) 325-2424 or (800) 456-4668. Ticket prices increase to $10 on April 9. All seating is general admission, and parking on campus is free for the game.
Season-ticket holders, OU students, members of the Sooner Kids Club and children 5 and under will be admitted free.
COACHES CLINIC SET
Bob Stoops and his staff will lead a three-day coaches clinic Thursday through Satuday at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.
The clinic will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday with registration and check-in at the stadium.
The event will feature OU coaches as well as high school and junior-college coaches from around the country. Coaches will be able to watch an OU scrimmage as well as a practice.
The cost is $50 per coach. If four or more coaches register together, the rate is $45 per coach.
Registration forms can be found at SoonerSports.com.
Co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel and defensive coordinator Mike Stoops will speak Thursday.
Friday’s sessions include demonstrations by offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh, defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery, co-offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach Jay Norvell and cornerbacks coach Bobby Jack Wright as well as Jerry Schmidt, OU’s director of sports enhancement.
Other speakers include McAlester coach Bryan Pratt and Blanchard’s Jeff Craig.