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OU football notebook: Bob Stoops is a Tom Izzo fan

Izzo, the longtime Michigan State basketball coach, called Stoops to express his dismay with officiating calls during the Sooners’ 34-33 loss to the Oregon Ducks in 2006.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: April 2, 2014

“He’s fit in very nicely with our guys, and he’s really excelled at that position,” Boulware said. “He brings an athlete, which is what we’ve always said we really need. We don’t need blockers; we need guys who can run down the field and make plays on the ball, and Blake can do that. He can do it very well.”

Asked about Bell’s attitude throughout the transition, Boulware said it’s been terrific.

“Well, I think every player in collegiate football has a dream,” Boulware said. “We all dream to go to college, start and go to the NFL. So my approach with Blake has been real simple from Day 1. ‘You wanna go to the NFL? This is a spot.’

“It’s not hard to motivate a kid when you use that form, and he has aspirations of going to the next level, and if he keeps working at it, he’ll have a shot. That’s it. He’s self-motivated.”

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Oklahoma co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach Jay Norvell, on former Sooner Jalen Saunders’ work ethic:

“We've really made a point to our guys that they will not be on the field in the fall unless they play with that kind of effort. The great thing that Jalen left behind is it wasn't about his numbers. There were other receivers that maybe had more catches but nobody played harder than Jalen. … That's the legacy he leaves here.”

BY JASON KERSEY AND RYAN ABER

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics 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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