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Oklahoma football: Receivers must boost physicality, says Jay Norvell

by Jason Kersey Published: September 18, 2012

Co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell, who coaches receivers, said his wideouts have to amp up their physicality — particularly when it comes to blocking on the outside — now that the Sooners are entering conference play Saturday against Kansas State.

“There's no question we're striving to play as physical as we can on the perimeter,” Norvell said. “You start conference play, you know it's gonna be a lot more physical, especially on the edge.

“To be able to run this ball in this conference the way you have to against a quality opponent like Kansas State, we've gotta do a good job on the outside as well.”


Kansas State coach Bill Snyder announced Tuesday that senior middle linebacker Arthur Brown will be available to play Saturday, as expected, in the No. 15 Wildcats' game Saturday at No. 6 Oklahoma.

Brown hurt his right ankle in the first quarter of Saturday's 35-21 win over North Texas, but returned in the second quarter and finished with a career-high 13 tackles. Still, Snyder implied after the game that Brown's status for the OU game might be up in the air.

Brown played at Miami for his first two seasons before transferring in 2010.

He sat out the usual one year before exploding last season, when he led the team with 101 tackles, including 9.5 for loss, and added two sacks and an interception.

Oklahoma safety Tony Jefferson also has dealt with an injured right ankle, but coach Bob Stoops said Monday that Jefferson was practicing again and would play Saturday.

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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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