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Oklahoma football: Jordan Smallwood turning heads for Sooners

by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: March 29, 2014

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.”


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.


Fans can vote at 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.

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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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