Oklahoma football: Video not a big deal to Jordan Phillips

by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: September 17, 2013
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photo - Oklahoma's Keith Ford (21) fights off Tulsa's Michael Mudoh (1) on his way to a touchdown during a college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. Oklahoma won 51-20. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Keith Ford (21) fights off Tulsa's Michael Mudoh (1) on his way to a touchdown during a college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. Oklahoma won 51-20. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Oklahoma sophomore defensive tackle Jordan Phillips spoke to reporters Monday for the first time since preseason practices began and he gained a little notoriety for a non-flattering Internet video.

On the first day Oklahoma practiced with pads, the Sooners ran through the Oklahoma Drill. One video posted online showed true freshman running back Keith Ford plowing over Phillips in the drill.

The video raised concerns about an inexperienced defensive line. But through three games, Phillips has played very well.

Also, fans have seen that Ford's powerful running style wasn't limited to practice.

“As you can see, Keith runs harder than maybe all our backs,” Phillips said. “He's a straightforward guy. He's a raw D-1 athlete who is out there making plays.

“It was just part of what happened I guess. It wasn't a big deal to me.”

STOOPS ‘EXCITED' FOR REYNOLDS

Coach Bob Stoops said he was excited to see senior receiver Jaz Reynolds have a big game in last weekend's 51-20 win over Tulsa.

Reynolds caught four passes for 109 yards. He spent all of last season suspended for an unspecified violation of team rules.

“He played well and he's doing what he needs to stay on the field,” Stoops said.

Stoops said he's been pleased “for the most part” with his players' off-the-field behavior.

Cornerback Cortez Johnson and defensive lineman Chuka Ndulue were suspended for the season opener after offseason arrests, and senior running back Damien Williams sat out the Tulsa game.

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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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