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Oklahoma football notebook: Orlando Brown Jr. qualified and heading to Norman

Orlando Brown, from Duluth, Ga., is a 6-foot-7, 340-pound prospect who had been committed to Tennessee before a signing-day switch to the Sooners.
by Jason Kersey Published: July 26, 2014
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Wilson, a Southmoore product, started 11 games at nickelback last season, and made two starts as a sophomore in 2012. He’s appeared in 37 career games.

GUNDY: ALEX ROSS ‘MATURING’

Coaches and teammates raved about sophomore running back Alex Ross throughout spring football, and apparently the Jenks product’s momentum has carried over into summer workouts.

“You can walk into the weight room and talk to Jerry Schmidt and our strength staff and ask, ‘Who’s one of the hardest workers?’ … They’re gonna throw out Alex Ross,” said running backs coach Cale Gundy. “He’s always been that guy. He is growing up, he’s maturing, he’s more comfortable with the system and the offense.”

Ross (6-foot-1, 221 pounds) carried the ball three times for 19 yards last season as a redshirt freshman. The Sooners return very little experience in the backfield.

Sophomore Keith Ford, who had 23 carries for 134 yards and a touchdown last season, is the most experienced running back on the roster.

BOULWARE PRAISES BELL’S ‘SELFLESS ACT’

Oklahoma tight ends coach Jay Boulware had high praise for senior Blake Bell, who moved to the position after starting eight games at quarterback last year.

“That's a selfless act,” Boulware said. “That's something that some people can feed off of throughout the course of the year when they think, ‘Hey, I'm not getting a chance at this.'

“You just can't measure the impact that can have on your football team down the road.”

By all accounts, Bell looked good at his new position before suffering a knee injury during spring practices.

“Physically he looks the part,” Boulware said. “He’s just gotta get coached up and focused in on all the other things to go with that.”

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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