Oklahoma football notebook: Stoops says 'enough of that' to Big 12 vs. SEC talk

by Jason Kersey Published: January 3, 2014
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“I think as much as anything his tackling hurt us,” Stoops said. “But then he stayed with it. We got pressure and McCarron threw a ball he shouldn't have thrown. He was able to jump it and have a huge return. 

“As a DB, you can't have a long memory. … Over an 80-play game and you're out there alone, you're gonna give up a play or two. You've got to get your one or two, your third down stop or your pick or whatever to change it. And he did it.”

MAKESHIFT OFFENSIVE LINE STANDS UP TO BAMA

Because of injuries to starting left guard Adam Shead and left tackle Tyrus Thompson, Oklahoma was forced to make some changes to its offensive line before the Sugar Bowl.

Junior Dionte Savage, in his first year at Oklahoma, made his first career start against Alabama, right tackle Daryl Williams moved to the left side and guard Bronson Irwin started at right tackle.

“Bronson is a good player,” Stoops said. “He's always worked (at tackle) a little bit. He's done a great job being able to handle that. 

“I tell you, it's not easy going to play left tackle like Daryl has. You think it doesn't matter going right to left, but it does. He's been awesome with it.”

Stoops said Williams, a junior, was initially reluctant to make the move but has flourished in it.

NO UNDERCLASSMEN EXPECTED TO BOLT

Stoops implied a few weeks ago that some underclassmen had filed paperwork to be evaluated for the 2014 NFL Draft, which was surprising considering none of the Sooners' eligible juniors and redshirt sophomores seemed at all ready for that jump.

Last season, safety Tony Jefferson, receiver Kenny Stills and linebacker Tom Wort left early for the draft. Jefferson and Wort both went undrafted.

“I don't think we have anyone in position where that would be the right thing to do … hopefully nobody makes a foolish decision,” Stoops said Friday morning.

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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