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Oklahoma football post-practice notes, Aug. 27

by Ryan Aber Modified: August 28, 2013 at 10:15 am •  Published: August 27, 2013

Today, we didn’t get a chance to talk to Trevor Knight but chatted with co-offensive coordinators Josh Heupel and Jay Norvell after practice today, as well as several players. Here’s the breakdown just a few days before the season opener Saturday night in Norman against Louisiana-Monroe:

Heupel on the quarterbacks: “We’ve continued to get both those guys a bunch of reps; that’s the way we’ve been practicing. They’ve both done a good job. Obviously Blake (Bell), with Trevor being names, was disappointed. But he’s responded well and continued to compete.”

Heupel on Knight: “As a player, he’s a guy who can get the ball to the outside. He can stretch the field. Everybody will get a chance to see him Saturday night.”

Is Heupel anxious to see Knight perform in a game: “You think you know what you have all the time. But when the lights come on and they get hit in the mouth and they have to distribute the ball in front of 85,000. When it doesn’t go well, how do they respond? Certainly, you’re gonna find those things out about all your players, but your quarterback as well.”
Heupel on Knight’s leadership style: “As a young guy, he leads by example. It’s the first way you can lead. He’s consistent about how he approaches every single day. He’s been awesome in the offseason. He’s the same guy every day on the practice field. He’ll make a mistake, but he doesn’t hang his head. He comes back and responds in a good way.”
Norvell on the wide receivers keeping plays going if Knight scrambles: “We have definite rules of what we’re supposed to do when the play extends. Every play is designed to go a certain way, but that’s not the way football works all the time. Sometimes things improvise and when they do, you have to have an understanding and rules and we do talk about that. That’s one of the things a guy with athletic ability can do is extend plays and make the defense cover longer. That’s hard to do when you are on defense and we want to take advantage of that.”
Norvell on Jaz Reynolds: “Jaz Reynolds has had a very nice camp and really has got back and has been a steay playmaker for us.”
Norvell said Lacoltan BesterSterling ShepardTrey MetoyerJalen Saunders and Reynolds would get the bulk of the looks at WR in the opener. Austin Bennett, Derrick Woods and Durron Neal  figure to mix in too.
Norvell said Saunders would play outside and in the slow.
Saunders on Knight’s scrambling ability: “It creates more opportunities for us as receivers, more blocks, special blocks for our quarterbacks if they can get out of the pocket with their legs.”
Brennan Clay on playing with a mobile quarterback: “I love it. I’ve been waiting for that. Out of high school, I played with Tate Forcier. … He made plays on his feet and it just opens up the offense. It’s one more guy that the defense has to account for. It opens up the run game for us running backs. Once the run game opens up, it opens up the passing game and you can hit them across the board.”

by Ryan Aber
Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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