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.”
MIKE GUNDY A NO-SHOW AT VERPLANK EVENT
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.”
NORMAN PD RELEASE PARKER ARREST REPORT
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.”