Prior to the start of fall camp last season, defensive end Auston English underwent an emergency appendectomy, which kept him out of the first two weeks of practice. When he did rejoin the team, English was slow to return to form because of the strain practice placed on his recovering body. But this preseason has been a different story. English said right now he’s in the best shape of his life. "I came in at 253 and I have the lowest body fat of my career,” he said. "I came in around 14-percent body fat and I feel good about that.” English has been plagued by injuries during his career. Last year, he suffered a knee sprain late in the season. The year before, a hairline fracture in his foot. In fact, English hasn’t been healthy enough to participate in spring ball since 2007. But now, the senior said he feels like his old, healthy self. "I made good gains this summer, and I worked on polishing up everything technique-wise for the season,” he said.
DE Washington surgingAt the conclusion of spring drills, former blue-chip recruit R.J. Washington found himself as the fifth defensive end behind David King and on the brink of falling out of the defensive-end rotation altogether. But Washington’s understanding of the defensive scheme is finally catching up to his remarkable athleticism. Now, the redshirt freshman is making a push to become the team’s fourth defensive end, behind English, Jeremy Beal and Frank Alexander. "He has made some great progress as far as understanding what he needs to do, and understanding the defense as a whole,” English said. "He’s an amazing athlete from the standpoint that he can just go. He can really get off the ball and he’s extremely fast. "But working within the scheme more than anything is something where I’ve seen him progress.”
Two-minute drillQuarterback Sam Bradford didn’t participate in Thursday’s 90-play scrimmage so that freshmen Landry Jones and Drew Allen could take all the snaps; Bob Stoops said both Jones and Allen had their moments, but that neither outshined the other. ... Running back DeMarco Murray said he feels 100 percent and is back practicing with the team, though like fellow running back Chris Brown is not participating in any contact drills. ... Center Ben Habern, who’s been held out of some contact drills while dealing with an inflamed back, said he’s feeling better, but is still day-to-day; Habern, however, did say he believes he’ll be 100 percent well before the Sept. 5 opener with BYU.
Quotable"You ever had the swine flu?" — Brigham Young running back Harvey Unga, suggesting that handling the pounding from Oklahoma’s defense couldn’t any be worse than dealing with swine flu; Unga endured the virus for almost two weeks in June, and as a result is being held out of contact drills this fall camp.
English says he’s feeling good