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Oklahoma football notebook: Bob Stoops clarifies pay-for-play comments

by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: April 13, 2013

“It was good for him,” defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said. “I was trying to watch him and couldn't watch him. I'm sure he's a little tentative.”

Stoops said he still hoped Ward could be in the rotation at defensive end this season.

Ward did not play as a senior after transferring first from Lawton to Douglass, where he was granted eligibility, and then from Douglass to Southmoore, where he was denied a waiver to play.

TOP RECRUITS MAKE IT TO NORMAN

A large group of recruits, including the Sooners' newest commit, Edmond Santa Fe quarterback Justice Hansen, was in attendance for the spring game.

Hansen said one of the players he most looked forward to talking with was Jenks' safety Steven Parker.

Parker, the No. 2 player on The Oklahoman's Super 30 list of the state's top recruits for 2014, was in attendance and was seen talking with Bob Stoops before the game.

Parker has an OU offer among many others, including Alabama, Michigan, Ohio State, Nebraska, Texas A&M and Wisconsin.

Also in attendance was Lawton offensive lineman Jalin Barnett, one of the state's top prospects in the 2015 class.

FAVORS NOT INJURED

In Bob Stoops' post-game press conference, he said he was happy they made it through the spring game without any injuries.

However, for the 20,000-plus fans in attendance, they saw defensive end Rashod Favors go down in the third corner near the visitor's sideline and kneel with his head facing the turf for a few minutes.

“He's OK,” Stoops said when asked about the injury. “He had air knocked out of him. I think he got hit in the throat. I think he was having trouble catching his breath.”

No other player was injured during the game, although offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said Taylor McNamara hasn't been full-go this spring due to lingering injuries.

DAVID SMITH TURNS HEADS

David Smith is a running back fans are probably going to want to know about.

Smith had an unofficial 10 receptions for 31 yards and one reception for three yards. Smith is from Midlothian, Ill., a small town of about 15,000 south of Chicago. He's also known as a team-first kind of guy.

AUSTIN WOODS FEELS “100 PERCENT”

After spending his junior year battling Hodgkin's lymphoma, Austin Woods is cancer free.

He also said his strength is back to “100 percent.”

“It feels really good,” Woods, a deep snapper, said. “I'm not battling chemo. I'm not battling my health anymore. ... I haven't felt that way in a long time. Luckily I was able to work out through the whole deal but I really feel back to normal and back to 100 percent I felt like I make some good strides this offseason.”

WALK ONS WALK ALL OVER OWEN FIELD

When senior Don Caudill scored a touchdown in his final spring game, all his player page consisted of were the basics. His name, his year, his height and weight (6-1, 186), his hometown and high school (Muldrow) and his position (wide receiver)

Caudill wasn't available for interviews, but the walk-on made noise in the fourth quarter when he got a two-yard touchdown pass from Trevor Knight. He ended the game with three catches for 27 yards.

He's known around the locker room as a pretty quiet guy who works hard.

“It was good to see him catching the ball and catching a touchdown today,” Woods said. “It was just good to see him do it on the big stage. He's a good guy. Nice guy to hang around. He's just a good kid.”

Then there was walk-on Terence Olds, who transferred from Rose State College. The former Star Spencer standout carried the ball six times for 19 yards.

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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