Oklahoma football notebook: Jordan Phillips healthy, fully participating in practice

Junior defensive tackle Jordan Phillips is fully participating in the Sooners’ summer workouts after missing most of last season with a back injury.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: June 23, 2014
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Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops delivered a bit of good news Monday morning.

Junior defensive tackle Jordan Phillips is fully participating in the Sooners’ summer workouts after missing most of last season with a back injury.

“Jordan’s back, participating in all our summer activities and has been pain free, and says he’s 100 times better than he was a year ago at this time, playing through, even the first (four) games, he played through some pain,” Stoops said.

Redshirt freshman Jordan Wade started the remaining nine games and played well, but Stoops said Phillips is a true difference maker up front when healthy.

“Jordan, if he stays healthy, he can be as dominating a player as there is in college, and disruptive up front,” Stoops said. “His size, speed and ability to react down the line of scrimmage is pretty unique for a guy that big. Hopefully he can drop some weight; he’s gained some weight over the last nine months in being unable to physically participate until this summer in a lot of our activities, but he’s got all the tools.”

STOOPS: PLAYERS COMMITTED TO SUMMER WORKOUTS

Under newly amended NCAA rules, Bob Stoops and his coaching staff are allowed to watch summer workouts and watch film with players.

Stoops said Monday that his staff’s participation this summer is mostly in the film room, because they try to stay out of strength coach Jerry Schmidt’s way.

“We’re able to peek in on that now,” Stoops said of Schmidt’s workouts. “That’s postitive. We don’t get in his way. It’s more encouraging guys and getting your arm around them and making sure they’re good. That’s the biggest part of it.”

Asked if any incoming freshmen are standing out, Stoops said, “All of them, really.”

He also said the team’s summer participation has been “fantastic.”

“Coach Schmidt says it’s as good as any group we’ve had in the way they’re working and their attitude,” Stoops said. “Everybody showing up for everything on time. It’s been great.”

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by Ryan Aber
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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