Oklahoma football: What they're saying about the Sooners' new alternate uniforms

by Ryan Aber Published: July 1, 2014
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Oklahoma unveiled alternate football uniforms Tuesday, drawing plenty of reaction from players, former players, recruits and fans. Here’s a look at what some had to say:

Former OU running back Joe Washington: “I really like them. … One thing that makes us Oklahoma is the fact that our fans, our supporters, they’ve always paid homage to what our tradition is all about. One thing I don’t want to happen is all our kids we recruit don’t understand that. They need to understand, too, that, ‘Hey, you’re at a storied place with tradition. We were able to accomplish a whole lot of things.’”

Former OU linebacker Teddy Lehman: “Recruiting has completely changed. The days of being able to walk into any kid’s house in the country and say, ‘We’re Oklahoma’ … I think those days have changed. Recruiting right now in college football is as competitive as it’s ever been. It wasn’t very long ago, 10, 12 years ago, where the big recruiting pitch was how many times you were gonna be on television. Well now, almost every team is on television every week.”

Former OU tight end Trent Ratterree: “I think it’s great for the players. I don’t think it should get out of hand. My opinion on the whole uniform thing is that it’s become some type of race where everyone is trying to get the cool new things. Ultimately it’s a sport. It’s a game. It’s based on your performance and your effort. Also, though, at the same time, when you like what you’re wearing and you think you look good, that probably helps you.”

Former OU receiver Tinker Owens: “It’s just like our stadium, what we’re doing with all these renovations. You’ve gotta do it for recruiting. I think we have to do those things to keep up with what everybody else is doing. Some of these kids get enamored when they go different places and see what they’ve got, and then they come here and we don’t really have maybe what they had. It’s not a bad thing, obviously. We’ve gotta keep doing what we need to do to get kids to want to come to Oklahoma.”

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by Ryan Aber
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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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