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.”
SAUNDERS: MORE PRODUCTION NEEDED FROM RECEIVERS
While Knight struggled throwing the ball the first two games, Sooners receivers didn't give him much help either.
Several of Knight's passes were dropped in each game, something senior receiver Jalen Saunders said can't continue.
Saunders said things were just a little off between the quarterback and the receivers.
“The toughest part, I would say, is just in the game and building that chemistry,” Saunders said. “In practice, it's there. It's not there yet in the game.
“I put that blame on receivers. We get open in practice, but in the games we don't have the clear-cut, wide-open victories we need.”
HEUPEL WONT SAY IF THOMPSON WILL PLAY
Heupel wouldn't say if coaches want to get backup quarterback Kendal Thompson any work Saturday against Tulsa.
Thompson just returned to practice Monday after breaking his foot on the first day of practice.
“I don't know how it'll play out,” Heupel said. “Whoever's in the game, we want him to play well. That's it.”
Heupel said Thompson has been strong so far in practice.
“He's done a good job trying to keep his arm in shape,” Heupel said. “Once he was able to be in the boot and put pressure on it, he did a good job of throwing. Other than just having to get through his progressions and get the feel of the game, get the speed of it, he's doing good.”
RUSSELL MAKING PROGRESS
After seeing action in the first game, junior defensive tackle Quincy Russell did not play against West Virginia.
Sooners coach Bob Stoops said Russell was still progressing, though with Chuka Ndulue and Torrea Peterson returning last week, there was less room to get Russell work.
“It's still him coming on and getting used to everything,” Stoops said. “He's progressing well. Quincy works at it. He works hard. We just have to keep him more and more comfortable with everything we're doing.”
BY RYAN ABER AND JASON KERSEY