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Oklahoma football notebook: Sooners' spring game set for April 13

by Jason Kersey Published: March 2, 2013

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, 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.


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.”


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.”

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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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