“They compete hard,” OU co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said last week of Thomas and Hansen.
“They want to be better. They push for it every single day. The next week-and-a-half is gonna be critical for those guys to make the strides that we need them to to be ready to play.”
EVANS, ALEXANDER HAVE SIMILARITIES
Sophomore linebackers Jordan Evans and Dominique Alexander each came to Oklahoma as athletic guys who had played other positions in high school.
“Me and Dom are both the same kinda players,” Evans said. “We’re athletes that are playing linebacker. We’ve made the transition to linebacker, but we’ve never lost our athleticism. It helps us out when we’re playing against fast receivers. Being big and strong definitely helps us out against big, running offenses.”
Alexander, a Tulsa Washington product, started eight games last year after Corey Nelson’s season-ending injury and recorded 80 tackles. Evans, from Norman North, played behind Frank Shannon, and could be in line to start this season if Shannon is unavailable while appealing his one-year university suspension.
“Great Oklahoma kids who play hard and work hard,” defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said of Alexander and Evans. “Those are two guys who really get after it, are good to coach. They understand the importance of what they do and what they represent. They've always carried themselves way beyond their years, and we're starting to see that physical and mental maturity develop on the football field.”