True freshman cornerback Stanvon Taylor earned his first career start in last week's win over Tulsa. He started in place of injured senior Aaron Colvin, who was out with a jaw injury and possible concussion.
“I felt comfortable with a lot of the things I was doing at practice that week in preparing for the game,” said the Tulsa East Central product. “My team had confidence in me. The older guys came up to me and said, ‘Go out and do your thing. Coach put you out there, so just do what you gotta do.'
“I wasn't really too nervous.”
Taylor recorded three tackles, but was injured midway through the game. He returned to practice Monday, though.
“I can always get better,” Taylor said. “I thought I played well, but I want to play better and get better. That's what I'm going to do — try to get better every week.”
FORD DIDN'T EXPECT EARLY PLAYING TIME
Oklahoma true freshman running back Keith Ford never expected to play this much this early in his college career.
“I'm freshman and everything, and I just try to work hard and earn my carries every day,” Ford said. “Working hard is the main thing. I know I'm young and I have three seniors in front of me. I watch them and learn from them.”
Despite Oklahoma's loaded backfield, Ford has carved out a role for himself. He's appeared in two of the Sooners' three games so far, recording 11 carries for 66 yards and a touchdown.
He's impressed everyone with his physical, hard-nosed running style.
“The way I run is the way I ran in high school for four years,” Ford said. “It just transitioned. We were a physical, downhill team and it was just to gain yards.”
NORVELL: ‘WE WEREN'T HAPPY'
Much of the blame for Oklahoma's passing woes was placed on redshirt freshman quarterback Trevor Knight, but many of the problems also stemmed from inconsistent play at wide receiver.
During the week leading up to Oklahoma's 51-20 win over Tulsa last weekend, co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell — who coaches wideouts — met with his receivers to lay down the law.