Oklahoma's annual spring football game will kick off at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 13 on Owen Field.
The game concludes a day full of planned actitivies at Oklahoma, including the second annual Big Boomer BBQ and OU Spring Sale.
A variety of local barbecue, live music and amusement rides for kids will be available to fans, and the spring sale features several vendors selling OU apparel and merchandise.
Advance tickets to the spring game are available for $5 online at SoonerSports.com, or by calling the OU Athletics Ticket Office at (405) 325-2424, or toll-free at (800) 456-4668.
Ticket prices increase to $10 on April 10. All spring-game seating is general admission.
BEDENBAUGH REFLECTS ON TIME AT PANHANDLE
New offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh began his career in the state of Oklahoma — about 300 miles northwest of Norman.
Bedenbaugh's first job was coaching offensive linemen at Panhandle State in Goodwell.
“I wasn't ready for that position, and they gave me the o-line position,” Bedenbaugh said. “I was just out of college. I was about to go be a study hall monitor and coach high school football, and I went down there.
“It was a different experience, but it was good for me, getting into the coaching profession.”
So what was the best place to eat in Goodwell?
“Is there a place to eat?” Bedenbaugh laughed. “I think they only had the gas station. I know there wasn't one when I was there. I think we went to the gas station, maybe.
“We drove over to Guymon some, too. I guess Guymon was a big city back then.”
METOYER READY TO SHINE?
Last year, early-enrollee receiver Trey Metoyer shined throughout spring practices and excited fans with a six-catch, 72-yard spring football game.
He started OU's first few 2012 games, but was removed from the starting lineup and finished 2012 with only 17 catches for 148 yards and one touchdown.
“He works hard and has a good attitude,” coach Bob Stoops said. “Things didn't quite click as fast as we thought, overall.
“Then you had some guys with experience that come about like Justin Brown and Jalen Saunders — those guys have played a lot of football. I think Trey has a really bright future and believe it will happen for him. Sometimes it just needs a little more time.”
OU WILL HOST PRO DAY MARCH 13
NFL representatives will visit Norman on Wednesday, March 13 for OU's annual Pro Day, held inside the Everest Training Center.
The Sooners' NFL prospects will go through a variety of physical tests and position drills.
Six former OU players — offensive tackle Lane Johnson, quarterback Landry Jones, safety Tony Jefferson, receiver Kenny Stills, linebacker Tom Wort and defensive tackle Stacy McGee — attended in last week's NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.
Johnson continued to wow NFL executives, coaches and scouts, and could easily end up being a top-10 selection in the draft, which is scheduled for April 25-27 in New York.
NORVELL THINKS NEW WIDEOUTS CAN CONTRIBUTE
Co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell said the OU staff always wants to bring in players who can immediately contribute, and that he feels that way about his new wide receiver signees.
“Until they prove they can't play or it's not a good thing for them to play, we'll try to push the envelope to get them ready to play,” Norvell said. “If it comes to where he won't really be able to contribute a whole lot, then we'll save his year.”
The Sooners signed four new wide receivers in its class of 2013. One of them — Dannon Cavil from San Antonio — enrolled early and will participate in spring football.
“(Cavil) immediately adds competition when he walks into the room,” Norvell said. “He's almost 6-5 and 205 pounds. He's a big strong kid that can run. He immediately adds competition, which is important because we need that at every position to really be good.”
STOOPS ON PRESEASON RANKING: ‘I DON'T REALLY CARE'
About a week after Oklahoma's 41-13 Cotton Bowl loss to Texas A&M, Stoops was asked about his team's 2013 preseason ranking, which could be lower than it usually is for the Sooners.
“I don't really care to be honest,” Stoops said. “Sometimes, year to year, you never know who progresses, who doesn't. Notre Dame was that story this year. They weren't projected real high, but hit it right, had real good team chemistry.
“I never put much stock into that, whether we're high or low.”