OU football notebook: Blocking worries contributed to bad snaps

by Michael Baldwin Modified: November 12, 2010 at 8:57 am •  Published: November 11, 2010

The Sooners have had four errant snaps this season. Center Ben Habern and quarterback Landry Jones both accepted blame for last week's high snap on the first play from scrimmage that gave Texas A&M a safety for a 2-0 lead.

Habern said it's a challenge to consistently make good snaps when he's concentrating on his blocking assignment.

"It's definitely difficult, especially when you go against a 50 defense and there's a nose guard on top of you," Habern said. "He's four or five inches from your face. It's difficult to snap the ball and get my hands up. But that's not an excuse for snapping it high.

"I have had thousands and thousands of snaps since I've been here. Sometimes I think I try to block before I snap the football. Coach (James) Patton and coach (Kevin) Wilson always remind me the snap is the most important thing."

TEXAS TECH OFFENSE LEACH-LIKE

First-year Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville's plan was to be more balanced on offense but statistically the Red Raiders are similar to the Mike Leach era. Tech is last in the Big 12 in rushing but ran for 198 yards last week in a win over Missouri.

For the season 71 percent of the Red Raiders' yards have come through the air. Quarterback Taylor Potts has thrown for 2,576 yards and 24 touchdowns.

"For the most part they're still spread it out," said OU safety Jonathan Nelson. "It's more quick passes similar to Missouri. They try to spread you out and get their skill guys one on one with linebackers or defensive backs. They're really good at that."

MURRAY DOAK WALKER FINALIST

Senior running back DeMarco Murray, the team's leading rusher (832 yards) and second leading receiver (50 catches, 358 yards), has been named one of 10 semifinalists for the Doak Walker award, presented to the nation's top running back.

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by Michael Baldwin
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Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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