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Oklahoma football notebook: Sooners' Eric Striker compares Kenneth Dixon's flop to LeBron James

by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: September 1, 2014
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photo - Oklahoma's Eric Striker (19) returns the ball after a blocked field goal attempt as during a college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Eric Striker (19) returns the ball after a blocked field goal attempt as during a college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

At his Monday press conference, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops was asked about the SEC's performance last weekend against teams who run the spread offense, including Alabama’s struggles against West Virginia.

“I’m not gonna sit here and talk about that. You guys are more than capable of doing that without me,” Stoops said. “I cause enough waves. This isn’t the out-of-season where I cause waves.”

Stoops is regularly asked about the SEC, especially as it relates to the Big 12 and has made headlines with plenty of those responses in the past.

He did, though, say he wasn’t surprised about the strong performances from Oklahoma State and West Virginia in losses to national powers.

“That should be obvious to everybody — the strength of the league and the depth,” Stoops said. “Both those teams, we knew were better than what people thought of them and had them ranked. These scores and the way they played did not surprise me at all.

“Unfortunately, I’m not allowed to go anywhere and go bet on them. I would've liked to.”

KNIGHT: ‘I NEVER SLID IN HIGH SCHOOL’

Stoops said before the season that he wanted quarterback Trevor Knight to be smarter about giving himself up at times to avoid injury after Knight left two of his starts last season with injury.

Knight clearly took the lesson to heart, sliding several times in Saturday’s season opener.

“I never slid in high school,” Knight said. “I maybe slid one time my whole career in high school. And that’s just transitioning from being a playmaker to being a distributor. I took two hits all night the other night. That’s what we want. I don’t want to take a whole bunch of hits — get the ball into those three running backs’ hands and get out on the edge.

“Those receivers did a great job blocking it up. We just pitched it out on the bubbles and picked up 10-11 on each of those bubbles, so it was good for those guys.”

BELL REMAINS A QB OPTION

In Saturday's game, Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight went the distance even with the Sooners having the game well in hand.

That's because backup Cody Thomas was banged up a bit, though OU coach Bob Stoops said he could've put Thomas in to just hand off the ball in the fourth quarter.

Because of Thomas' status, quarterback-turned-tight end Blake Bell keeps taking limited reps at quarterback.

“He took some last week and was well and throwing the ball great,” Stoops said. “The kids were teasing him that he’s still got it. But the projection is that Cody will be ready to go this week.”

Stoops has expressed a desire to redshirt freshman quarterback Justice Hansen.

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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