OU football notebook: Alexander brothers will face off Saturday

Sooners freshman linebacker Dominique Alexander, who saw significant playing time last week, will be going against his brother Saturday when the Sooners host Tulsa. Derrick Alexander is a sophomore defensive end for Tulsa.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: September 11, 2013
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Sooners freshman linebacker Dominique Alexander, who saw significant playing time last week, will be going against his brother Saturday when the Sooners host Tulsa.

Derrick Alexander is a sophomore defensive end for Tulsa who is expected to start Saturday.

“We get on him every day,” Sooners cornerback Zack Sanchez said. “We say, ‘Which Alexander is going to show up on Saturday?' We kind of tease him about it.

“But Dom is a crazy good player. To be that young and make the plays he's made is really good for us.”

With 56 Oklahomans on its roster, Tulsa has twice the amount of in-state players as Oklahoma.

More than half of the Golden Hurricane's starters — seven on defense and six on offense — are from Oklahoma.

“It's a team with a lot of Oklahoma guys that are going to come back here and try and prove something,” Sooners fullback Trey Millard said. “So we know that we're going to get their best shot.”

BELL'S ARM NOT A CONCERN FOR HEUPEL

Sooners co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel has been impressed with Blake Bell's arm throughout preseason camp and this week in practice.

Bell will make his first career start Saturday against Tulsa after replacing Trevor Knight late in last week's win over West Virginia. Knight will miss at least one game with a knee injury.

“I've said it for a long time — the package we used him in didn't give him a chance (to throw),” Heupel said. “We had Landry Jones, who's I don't know what, third in history of NCAA passing? It's tough to put the guy in there and drop back a bunch with him when you have Landry on the sidelines. Just the situation and who else was there didn't allow us to throw it a lot with him.”


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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