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Oklahoma football notebook: Keith Ford working on ball security

The transition to the college game, as it relates to holding onto the ball, was difficult for Ford.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: August 10, 2014

As a freshman last year, Thomas earned some playing time in the secondary and spent plenty of time on special teams.

His adjustment, he said, was quick. He expects the same out of Parker.

“For me, when I came in at first it was the range and the speed was different,” Thomas said. “That’s all. He’s just got to get used to covering faster guys, bigger guys. That’s it.”

NEAL BECOMING A BETTER BLOCKER

Junior receiver Durron Neal said he’s worked on improving his blocking since last season.

“It’s one of those small things,” Neal said. “In our meeting room we’ve got hustle blocks on the wall. That’s one of the things that coach Jay (Norvell) and our offense strive on, making that extra block like the Kenny (Stills) block in the Texas game with Damien (Williams). Those are the blocks that spring a 15-yard run to a touchdown. That’s something that we pride ourselves in as receivers, doing the little things.

“If you keep blocking the corner every single time, eventually he’s goign to wear out and that’s when you hit him with the big play.”

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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