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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


Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy was also expected to participate in Monday’s Scott Verplank Foundation Invitational, but he didn’t make it.

His brother, OU running backs coach Cale Gundy, did play Monday, though, joining the Stoops brothers and former star quarterback Sam Bradford — now with the St. Louis Rams — as Sooner representatives at Oak Tree National on Monday.

Before the event, Gundy spoke about his pair of talented newcomers, freshmen running backs Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine, who are on campus and going through summer workouts with the team.

“They’re talented,” Gundy said. “Very talented. It’s the learning process of it. They all come here and they’re fast and can jump and do all that.

“But it’s everything up here. It’s physically and mentally adapting to college football so they’re able to do everything. This, I believe, is going to help them kind of speed up their learning process.”


According to Steven Parker’s arrest report, the Oklahoma freshman safety was found by police passed out near a puddle of vomit next to the driver’s side door of a car in a parking lot at Eufaula Street and Webster Avenue early Sunday morning.

When the officer approached, Parker woke up but immediately upon standing fell over backward, the report said. Parker admitted to drinking vodka, was sweating and his speech was slurred.

Parker was arrested on a complaint of public intoxication and booked into Cleveland County jail just after 3 a.m. Sunday. He was released about seven hours later.

Before he was booked, Parker was taken to Norman Regional Hospital for evaluation.

Parker apologized for the incident through Twitter on Sunday.

“Sorry to everybody who trusted in me,” Parker posted. “I will bounce back from this and be somebody who is much better. Mistakes happen, but that’s no excuse.”

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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