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Oklahoma football notebook: Josh Heupel compares 2000, 2012 teams

Heupel quarterbacked a 2000 team that “struggled early and was fortunate enough to find ways to win ball games.” Now, as the Sooners' co-offensive coordinator, the 2012 team is “getting better every week. We've made strides.”
by Jason Kersey Published: October 21, 2012


photo - OU's Aaron Colvin (14) and R.J. Washington (11) get ready to take the field before the college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Kansas Jayhawks (KU) at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
OU's Aaron Colvin (14) and R.J. Washington (11) get ready to take the field before the college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Kansas Jayhawks (KU) at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

JEFFERSON CONTINUES STELLAR SEASON

Junior safety Tony Jefferson finished Saturday's rout of Kansas with a team-high 11 tackles, and eight of them came in the first quarter alone.

For the season, Jefferson is Oklahoma's tackles leader with 48; the next-highest Sooner tackler, fellow safety Javon Harris, has 34.

In defensive coordinator Mike Stoops' scheme, most tackles are funneled to the secondary. Three of OU's top four tacklers so far this season are defensive backs.

“The sky is the limit for how our secondary plays,” Jefferson said. “We are a close group, and we're playing together really well right now.”

QUOTABLE

Senior defensive tackle Casey Walker, on playing big games like next weekend's against Notre Dame:

“You can be the best in the country, just running over everybody, but if you don't get a chance, how do you know how good you actually are? I'm excited for the game.”