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

by Jason Kersey Published: March 2, 2013
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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.”

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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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