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Oklahoma football notebook: Charles Tapper recalls mistaking Samaje Perine for someone's dad

When Charles Tapper and some of his Oklahoma teammates first met freshman running back Samaje Perine, they thought he had to be someone’s dad.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: August 23, 2014


Many were surprised a few weeks ago when defensive coordinator Mike Stoops announced that true freshman cornerback Jordan Thomas was playing so well that he was currently in the two-deep.

One guy who wasn’t surprised? Returning starter Zack Sanchez.

“I knew recruiting him he was a smart kid, so I felt like it would transfer over to the football field which it did immediately,” Sanchez said. “You could tell he understood our play calls, how to read out different things like that so I wasn't surprised at all.”

Thomas, from Klein, Texas, was originally committed to Northwestern, but flipped to the Sooners in late January. He is an engineering major.


Sophomore cornerback Dakota Austin, on his mentality throughout preseason practice: “Don’t get too high, don’t get too low. Just keep competing. All you can do is keep competing. Whether good or bad has happened, keep competing no matter what.”

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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