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Oklahoma football notebook: Bob Stoops talks about Sooner 'fraternity'

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops was asked Wednesday about former OU quarterback Steve Davis' letter to encourage Landry Jones, who has dealt with his share of critics and blame this season.
by Jason Kersey Published: October 11, 2012

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops was asked Wednesday about former OU quarterback Steve Davis' letter to encourage Landry Jones, who has dealt with his share of critics and blame this season.

Davis, who won more national championships (2) than he lost games (1) in his three seasons as a starter in the 1970s, wrote a similar letter to Nate Hybl earlier in Stoops' tenure.

“It's pretty special,” Stoops said, comparing Davis' encouragement of Jones to his own relationship with Barry Switzer.

“We have a unique fraternity of players and coaches who know what it's like to have to deal with all of that here.

“We all go through the same things. To hear from things like that is a positive.”

BROWN RETURNS TO COTTON BOWL

As a first-year Sooner, senior receiver Justin Brown hasn't ever played in the Red River Rivalry. But he has played inside Dallas' Cotton Bowl stadium.

In 2012, as a matter of fact.

Brown's last game with Penn State was a 30-14 loss to Houston in the TicketCity Bowl, which was played in the same stadium as the annual Red River Rivalry game.

Brown caught a slick 69-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter of the TicketCity Bowl.

“There wasn't that many people there when we played,” Brown said Tuesday after practice, saying he expects there to be more fans in the crowd for his first and only OU-Texas game.

COLVIN FINALLY PICKED ONE OFF

Junior cornerback Aaron Colvin, who was a starting safety a year ago, has clearly established himself as one of the Sooners' premier players.

But his interception in last week's rout at Texas Tech was the first of his career.

“I was kind of upset that I wasn't getting any turnovers or interceptions,” he said. “Talking to my family members, my mom, my brother and my dad. They told me to keep working hard in practice.”

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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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