Oklahoma football: The story behind Bob Stoops' AT&T 'hello'

OU FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK — Bob Stoops explains what went into his AT&T commercial cameo, filmed at Putnam City Stadium in Oklahoma City.
by Berry Tramel and Jason Kersey Published: January 2, 2013

“We try not to stay on that, because once you stay on that, you get complacent. We soaked it in, then we moved on to the task at hand.”

WHY MILLARD'S POSITION COULD BLOCK HIS ACADEMIC GOAL

OU fullback Trey Millard made the academic all-district team at fullback. But the fullback position isn't available on the academic all-American team.

“I have to make it on the running back or tight end ticket,” Millard said. “Just a little bit harder to make it.

“I especially want to get the academic (honors), just for my mom. She's put so much influence on me to have good grades and make education such a big part of my life. Just honoring her and what she's meant in my life.”

SUMLIN STEPS IN FOR OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR

The press conference for Texas A&M's offense on Tuesday was to include Clarence McKinney, the interim offensive coordinator. But Sumlin attended in McKinney's place.

“We have a lot going on,” Sumlin said. “We have a lot of moving parts. Obviously we have some meetings that have to take place. Anytime they are with you guys (media), that is 45 more minutes that they could be getting better. I thought I would just come out here today.”

ANOTHER SIGNIFICANT D-FW MOMENT FOR LANDRY JONES

A number of Landry Jones' significant moments in life have come in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. His college debut, against BYU in 2009, and his greatest win, the 2010 Big 12 title game, both came at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. Now comes the Cotton Bowl in the same venue.

And oh yeah, Jones got married last summer in Fort Worth, to Sooner basketball player Whitney Hand.

“I'm going to say the wedding is definitely the top of the list,” Jones said. “That one lasts forever. The other ones, they're in there somewhere.

“A lot of things have impacted my life in this area, for sure. There is some significance here. It's exciting being back here and finishing my career where I started it.”

HOW SHAKING OFF THE RUST

After over a month without a game, Oklahoma's football team shook off a little rust when it returned to the practice field.

“Everyone's always a little bit rusty when you don't play for a month,” said junior linebacker Tom Wort. “You kinda get into a routine, and then that routine gets shaken up. So it's gonna come down to the fundamentals. We've gotta tackle, block, the real basic stuff.

“I think special teams will be a huge part. You really get rusty when you don't do that for a while. We've just gotta go out there and practice, and work on fundamentals.”

SOONERS VISIT CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL

Oklahoma players and coaches visited the Children's Medical Center in Dallas on Wednesday as part of the scheduled activities during Cotton Bowl week.

Monday, Texas A&M visited children at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, also in Dallas.

by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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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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