Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops wasn’t particularly thrilled with his players’ effort Thursday, when the Sooners held their last spring practice before a week off for spring break.
OU held a 50-play scrimmage to end Thursday’s practice, which Stoops said was “very generic. Very vanilla.”
“We look like we wanted to go to spring break today,” Stoops said with a laugh. “They were on spring break a little early today, but I remember when I was a junior in college, my thoughts were on things other than football the last day before spring break, so I certainly can see where they're coming from.”
Stoops, though, said he’s been impressed for the most part with what he’s seen from the group.
“I notice a really good group of players that kinda come to work,” Stoops said. “It's a really solid group of players, and I think they understand how good they can be. Now, are they willing to work every day to become that unit? That is where we're at.”
The OU defense returns nine starters off last year’s unit, which was solid for most of the season.
Junior defensive tackle Jordan Phillips and senior nickelback Julian Wilson are both skipping spring practices while recovering from injuries.
HEUPEL: KNIGHT PUTTING ‘HIS STAMP’ ON OFFENSE
Oklahoma offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said he doesn’t necessarily notice anything different in quarterback Trevor Knight’s demeanor, but said Knight is more confident now that he is the unquestioned leader of the offense.
“I think it’s his ability to speak with a louder stick in the weight room, in the locker room, for him to put more of his personality, his stamp on an offense,” Heupel said. “Also with our football team, he’s a great leader and a great kid on and off the field. He’s extremely competitive.
“He’s the same guy every single day in the meeting room and on the field. He doesn’t change and hopefully that will transcend to our entire football team.”
Former OU cornerback Aaron Colvin, on his mentality after tearing his ACL in January:
“There’s definitely been down days, but I can’t show anybody that. Anytime I have that down day, I either talk to my parents or I get into the Word. That always gets my mind right. I have no doubts that I’m going to be back and be the best out there.”