Oklahoma football: Sooners start spring practice on Saturday

by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Modified: March 6, 2014 at 7:34 pm •  Published: March 6, 2014

Oklahoma starts spring football practices on Saturday, and Sooners coach Bob Stoops said his team has prepared well for the start of workouts.

“Just talking to Jerry Schmidt, out strength coach, and all our coaches that have been working developing our guys through the out-of-season really believe it’s been our best or one of our best years that we’ve had,” Stoops said. “Just the way the players, the gains they’re making, the overall speed, the attitude, the work ethic, all of that.

“It’s really been positive.”

Stoops said that was evidence players weren’t relaxing after the Sugar Bowl win over Alabama.

“I think more than anything it’s made them hungrier to build on and to keep improving,” he said.

OTHER WAYS TO LIMIT PLAYS, STOOPS SAYS

Stoops was one of the coaches that was vocal in his opposition to a proposed rule that would have barred teams from snapping the ball before 10 seconds had expired from the play clock.

The proposal was withdrawn without a vote from the NCAA’s playing rule oversight panel.

Stoops once again equated the rule, which would’ve been suspended in the final two minutes of a half, to targeting.

“If anything can be done the last two minutes of the half, why can’t you do it the rest of the game?” Stoops said. “They won’t allow targeting in the last two minutes of the half. So if you can do it then you can do it anytime.”

Stoops said he wouldn’t be opposed to other ways to cutting down plays.

“If they want to shorten the game, make it like the NFL clock,” Stoops said. “That’s what the NFL does to manage plays to fit their game into a window that fits TV, but I don’t see them changing the pace of play in regard to how they play.

“That’s part of football and always has been. I don’t see why that would ever change.”

BOSWORTH, HUGHES ON HALL BALLOT

Former Oklahoma football players Brian Bosworth and Randy Hughes are among the 75 players from the Football Bowl Subdivision listed on the 2014 College Football Hall of Fame ballot, released Thursday by the National Football Foundation.

Both were on the ballot last year, when former Sooner Rod Shoate was inducted.

The announcement of this year’s class will be made in May and inductions will take place at the 57th National Football Foundation Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 10 in New York.

To be eligible, players must have been named a first-team All-American, played their last season of college football 10 years prior, played within the last 50 years and cannot be currently playing professional football.

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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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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