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Oklahoma football notebook: Five-star RB Joe Mixon puts Sooners in his top 10

With a visit to Norman already scheduled, it's no surprise that five-star running back Joe Mixon of Oakley (Calif.) Freedom has the Sooners in his top 10. But Mixon made it official Friday, posting the list on Twitter one by one.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: August 2, 2013
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Irwin chose to mention Metoyer, a sophomore wideout who entered his true freshman season with sky-high expectations, but only managed 17 receptions, 148 yards and a single touchdown.

“Kind of freakish body, long arms, biggest hands I've ever seen,” Irwin said. “He's made some amazing grabs, one-handed. All kinds of crazy stuff.”

STOOPS EXPECTS BIG THINGS FROM WILSON, TAPPER

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops was asked at Wednesday night's Sooner Caravan to name a defensive player fans should watch out for in 2013.

Stoops named two — junior defensive back Julian Wilson and sophomore defensive end Charles Tapper.

“Julian Wilson is a guy we love, the way he played a year ago,” Stoops said. “And Charles Tapper at the defensive end position. A young, second-year guy, are guys I think could come on and really do well.”

Wilson, a former Southmoore standout, is expected to be the Sooners' nickelback this season after playing a dimeback role a year ago, when he recorded 31 tackles and broke up five passes.

Tapper played sparingly as a true freshman, but enters this season with a strong chance to start opposite junior Geneo Grissom. The 6-foot-4, 261-pound sophomore came to OU from Baltimore.

SINGLE-GAME TICKETS REMAIN

As of Friday afternoon, single-game tickets remain available for all six Sooners home games.

The tickets went on sale at midnight Thursday and are from turned back tickets from the allotments given to opposing teams.

Tickets can be purchased online through SoonerSports.com, by phone at (405) 325-2424 or (800) 456-GoOU or in person at the OU Athletics Ticket Office during regular business hours.

Tickets for the season opener against Louisiana-Monroe on Aug. 31 are $59 each. Tickets for the Sooners games against Tulsa (Sept. 14) and Iowa State (Nov. 16) are $77 and tickets for West Virginia (Sept. 7) and Texas Tech (Oct. 26) are $92.

A limited number of scattered singles are also available for the Oct. 5 game against TCU. Those tickets are $82 each.

The Sooners have sold out 86 consecutive games, every game since Stoops took over as OU's coach in 19999.

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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