Oklahoma fans willing to make the long trip to El Paso, Texas, for the Sooners' 2012 season opener can purchases tickets beginning Saturday morning, UTEP's athletic department announced Friday night.
Tickets will be made available at 11 a.m. (Oklahoma time) central time and can be purchased online at TicketMaster.com, or through the university's ticket center by calling (915) 747-5234. The ticket center is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Ticket prices are $25 for general admission, $35 for bronze reserved, $60 for silver reserved and $70 for gold reserved.
Friday's announcement bumped the date up by two days; UTEP had originally planned to make single-game tickets to its first five home games available Monday.
JESSE PAULSEN IS ON SCHOLARSHIP
Senior Jesse Paulsen earned a scholarship at defensive back, but the news for Paulsen doesn't end there. Tony Jefferson said Paulsen's the No. 2 guy behind him. The Albuquerque, N.M., native played in 13 games during the last two seasons for the Sooners.
“Jesse is a hard player,” Jefferson said. “Many people don't' know, but he works hard. We had him on special teams last year, and he stepped up in the scrimmage and was making plays.”
2011 DISAPPOINTMENTS FUEL R.J. WASHINGTON
Last season's lingering disappointment (at least by OU's standards) still eats at senior defensive end R.J. Washington.
“It wasn't even that we lost three games, it was how we lost them and what we were doing,” a reflective Washington said Friday afternoon. “Missing class and little things where it's like, if we could have just been a little more disciplined, if we had gone out to practice with a little more enthusiasm, focused a little bit more... We are grown enough to look back and reflect on it and just say, ‘I'm tired of the 'What ifs?'”
But it's something Washington said fueled him, and a majority of his veteran teammates, throughout the offseason.
“We started working over the winter, had a great winter, brought that into the spring, had a great spring, seemed like everyone wanted to be at practice," Washington said. “People came to work to work.”
Now a senior, and facing the reality of national championship-less career at Oklahoma, Washington is more focused than ever.
“This is my last run, this is it, so I feel like it's up to the upper classmen to provide that spark, that team camaraderie, that, ‘Hey, let's go, we got to work. Let's go,'” Washington said. “We don't have time for excuses, we don't have time to get tired, we don't got time to be sleeping in meetings. We got to go get it. This is the last time any of us will play together. You know what I mean? We will never have this team again.”
SHARK WEEK DOESN'T PROMPT OU
This week is Shark Week on Discovery Channel, but the sharks are nowhere to be seen around OU football. Demontre Hurst spoke briefly about the sharks possibly not returning to the secondary this season while at Big 12 Media Days.
When Tony Jefferson spoke with the media Friday, after a whole week of sharks dominating Twitter and the television channel, the sharks had not been revived by all the hype.
“I don't think we're doing sharks this year,” Jefferson said. “I think we're just gonna play it along and just go.
“I didn't even know it was Shark Week. We haven't even had time to watch TV.”