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Oklahoma football notebook: Louisiana Tech suspends wide receivers

Louisiana Tech wide receivers Carlos Henderson and Eddie Johnson have been suspended for the first two games of the season, including Saturday’s season opener at Oklahoma, Bulldogs coach Skip Holtz announced Wednesday.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: August 28, 2014

Oklahoma State is 100-to-1 to win the title according to the site.

Knight’s odds of winning the Heisman are 18-to-1 going into the season. A few weeks after his Sugar Bowl Most Valuable Player performance, Knight was 25-to-1 to win the award.

Florida State’s Jameis Winston, last year’s winner, is the favorite again at 9/2, followed by Oregon’s Marcus Mariota at 5-to-1.

Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty is 12-to-1.

GASTELUM THRILLED TO BE A PART OF OU

Walk-on linebacker Caleb Gastelum, now a fifth-year senior, said his acceptance as a walk-on for the Sooners was one of the biggest thrills of his life.

“I love the game,” Gastelum said. “I’ve loved the game since I was a kid. I used to watch Oklahoma way back in the day — Teddy Lehman days, Rocky Calmus days. I loved watching Oklahoma. I remember watching the national championship game against Florida State in my living room as a kid.

“It’s something that’s been pretty special to me.”

Gastelum has been a key contributor on special teams the last three seasons and could see in increased role on defense this season.

He’s listed as the backup behind Jordan Evans at one inside linebacker spot.

OU BAND BRINGING BACK PROGRAM BOOKS

University of Oklahoma athletic band director Justin Stolarik is bringing back an old tradition this season by producing a weekly program book for home football games.

The press books will contain information about the band and its formations for that week’s specific in-game performances.

These books aren’t going to be available for the general public at games, but are for media outlets to have information about the Pride of Oklahoma.

Press packets such as these were used by several previous band directors, especially in the days when halftime and pre-game shows were more likely to be aired during television broadcasts.

Stolarik’s packets are similar to those used by Leonard Haug in the 1950s, said director of university bands William Wakefield.

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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