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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

Bosworth remains the only two-time recipient of the Butkus Award, presented annually to college football’s best linebacker. He won the first two awards in 1985 and 1986.

Bosworth led Oklahoma in tackles for three straight seasons from 1984-86.

He was selected first overall in the 1987 NFL supplemental draft and spent just more than two seasons with the Seattle Seahawks.

Hughes was a defensive back on Oklahoma’s 1974 national championship team; that season, he was an All-American selection and finished his career with 14 interceptions.

Twenty former Oklahoma players have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Five former Sooner coaches have been inducted.

A pair of state players are on the NAIA portion of the ballot — former UCO quarterback Randy Page, who led the Bronchos to the 1982 NAIA national championship, and former Cameron defensive back Mark Cotney, who had 132 career tackles and seven interceptions and earned All-America honors in 1974.


Four players — offensive linemen Tyrus Thompson and Adam Shead, defensive tackle Jordan Phillips and nickelback Julian Wilson — will miss spring football with various injuries.

Shead missed the final two games of the regular season and the Sugar Bowl, and Thompson was hurt late in the win at Kansas State and missed Bedlam and the bowl.

Phillips needed back surgery in mid-October.

Wilson had shoulder surgery after the season.

“All of these guys have played a lot of football, and they’re all expected to be healed up to begin the summer work, which will be important to have them ready for two-a-days,” Stoops said.


Stoops was asked, indirectly at least, about Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy’s decision to forgo a spring game in favor of an open practice.

“At the end of the day, there are a lot of reasons why you can’t or you don’t,” Stoops said. “I’d love to have a draft and have my guys go on each side of the ball. We don’t have enough players to do it. We don’t have enough linemen that are healthy. We’ve have to have guys taking five minutes to change jerseys.”

He said he’d considered it for his team several times.

“Sometimes you may have so many injuries or thin and you can’t afford to have the spring game and get somebody hurt,” Stoops said.

The Sooners will hold their spring game at 2 p.m. April 12.

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics 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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