Former Oklahoma linebacker Brian Bosworth watched Oklahoma's Tuesday practice. But wide receiver Kenny Stills delivered the news a little differently.
“Mr. Bosworth was just at practice,” Stills said. “He told us to go out there and take care of business.”
Mr. Bosworth, or “The Boz,” was a consensus All-American in 1985 and 1986 known for his big hits and big controversy during his days under former Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer.
Some of the media members laughed when Stills referred to the controversial linebacker as “Mister.”
“I'm sure he would appreciate that,” a media member said.
“I mean, I just got to have respect for him,” Stills said. “He did his stuff when he was here.”
HEISMAN TROPHY ON DISPLAY IN NORMAN DEALERSHIP
In honor of the OU-Notre Dame game, the Heisman Trophy will be on display at Bob Moore Nissan in Norman on Wednesday. The trophy will be on display from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The dealership is located at 3910 Journey Parkway, near I-35 and Tecumseh Road.
K-STATE LOSS STILL HURTS JONES
Monday marked a month since Landry Jones potentially watched his shot at a national Championship bobble, fall to the ground and then get scooped up by a Kansas State Wildcat.
A month later, Jones is shining. Unfortunately for the Sooners, so is 7-0 Kansas State. The Wildcats demolished West Virginia in what was supposed to be a marquee matchup. Kansas State won that one 55-14.
Yet knowing that the Wildcats beat the Mountaineers worse than they beat the Sooners doesn't sooth the football soul of the Sooners' quarterback.
“No, it still kind of hurts,” Jones said. “You don't want to ever let a game slip away from you. You don't want to ever lose a game that early in the season.
“Yes, Kansas State is a good team for sure. No doubt about that. But it still hurts.”
Jones' Sooners won the next three games after that loss, scoring 40 or more points and averaging 299 passing yards and 186.7 rushing yards.
“You think about it and you can go ‘What if?' all you want but that game is behind us now,” Jones said. “Yes, it still does hurt but we're going to move on from it and we're playing ball now.”
KELLY: SAFETIES AT OU ARE ‘FREE TO PLAY'
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly sent an interesting message to young safeties around the country during his Tuesday news conference when he was asked about Oklahoma junior Tony Jefferson.
“I think if you're out there — and I hate to give any recruiting advantages — you want to play safety at Oklahoma because those guys are free to play,” Kelly said.
“They play a lot of man coverage, so the safeties are free to come down and support the run. It's part of what their defensive philosophy is, so he's all over the place.”
Jefferson is the Sooners' leading tackler so far this season with 48. He spent much of his first two seasons at OU as a nickelback, but was moved to free safety between his sophomore and junior seasons.
EYE ON NO. 5
Notre Dame middle linebacker Manti Te'o is having such an excellent senior season that he's getting Heisman buzz, rare for a defensive player.
Only one player in the history of the Heisman Trophy has won it playing primarily on defense — Michigan's Charles Woodson in 1997.
Te'o leads the Irish's stout defense with 69 tackles; he's also picked off four passes and recovered two fumbles.
“Gotta get a hat on 5,” said OU offensive line coach James Patton, referencing Te'o jersey number.
“That's for sure. No. 5, boy, he's a downhill play. He's just making plays all over the field. He's got great instincts. He uses his eyes really well.
“If you don't account for him, he'll light it up and have a bunch of tackles. It'll be a great challenge.”