Stoops, speaking at his weekly press conference, brought up Shepard unsolicited and said the freshman out of Heritage Hall had a "special feel" at the slot receiver position. Shepard is listed as Kenny Stills' backup at that position.
Other freshman Stoops indicated would play were Trey Metoyer (WR), Durron Neal (WR), Taylor McNamara (TE), Ty Darlington (OL), Gary Simon (DB), Charles Tapper (DL), Michael Onuoha (DL), Eric Striker (LB) and Zack Sanchez (DB).The Sooners open the season Saturday at UTEP. Kickoff is set for 9:30 p.m.
Here is a look at what else Stoops had to say during his press conference and our coverage team's analysis: