STOOPS CALLING ON FANS AGAIN
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops has once again called out his home crowd in advance of an important home game against Texas Tech.
Before the Sooners' November 2008 game against the Red Raiders, Stoops said Oklahoma fans weren't “overly ruckus,” and the crowd responded by creating a loud, crazy atmosphere. The Sooners beat then-No. 2 Texas Tech 65-21.
Oklahoma again faces a top-10, unbeaten Texas Tech team this Saturday, and Stoops was asked about the crowd at his Monday news conference.
“It'd be awesome if we could recreate that atmosphere, and everybody jump in and do their best to try to affect the game, and, you know, build some excitement and all,” Stoops said. “We've gotta do our part. It's a lot easier to be excited when you're playing well. We've gotta hopefully give them some things to cheer about and jump in the game.”
WILSON EXPECTED BACK TUESDAY
Stoops said nickelback Julian Wilson, who injured his shoulder in Saturday's win over Kansas, is expected to return to practice Tuesday.
Wilson was injured early in the 34-19 win and spent the second half watching from the sidelines without shoulder pads on and with an ice pack on the shoulder.
Oklahoma's defense has suffered a rash of injuries over the last few weeks, losing both tackle Jordan Phillips and linebacker Corey Nelson for the season. Saturday, the Sooners were also without lineman Torrea Peterson, who was suspended for academic reasons.
Stoops did not give an update on offensive lineman Adam Shead, who also suffered an apparent shoulder injury late in the game and did not return.
FORD NEEDS TO OVERCOME FUMBLE PROBLEM
True freshman running back Keith Ford has quickly become a fan favorite because of his bruising, powerful running style.
The last two weeks, though, he's also shown a tendency to fumble the ball. Against Texas, his fumble went out of bounds, but Saturday against Kansas, Ford fumbled deep in Jayhawks territory in the first half, costing Oklahoma potential points.
Ford didn't play again after the fumble.
Asked how long it would take Ford to re-earn playing time, Stoops said, “We don't have a penance period. … When we feel that he's earned his right to be out there and he'll take care of the ball.
“He'll play; it's not the end of the world for Keith. He's a great young man, a great kid that works hard and a great player. He just has to learn to take care of the football. That's two games in a row for him. He hasn't had that many carries and two of them were on the ground.”
Senior center Gabe Ikard, asked if the Sooners have more trick plays in the bag like Saturday's successful reverse pass:
“You think I'm going to tell you that? … We have a lot of tricks … we've got some tricks.”