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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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

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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