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OU football notebook: Bob Stoops, R.J. Washington high on young DEs Michael Onuoha, Charles Tapper

OU football coach Bob Stoops spoke very highly of his two true freshman defensive ends Michael Onuoha of Edmond Santa Fe and Charles Tapper, who is from Baltimore.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey and Jacob Unruh Modified: August 4, 2012 at 8:42 pm •  Published: August 4, 2012

“Austin has done a tremendous job fighting through all these chemo treatments and cancer treatments and continues to be out there every day, enthusiastic,” Stoops said.


New/old Sooners defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said not much had changed with his brother Bob since he was last with the Sooners in 2003.

“The facilities have changed a little bit but Bob hasn't changed at all,” Mike said. “Hopefully I'm a little wiser than I was eight years ago.”

Bob Stoops, though, said the change came from both sides.

“There's a lot of changes in me from when Mike was here and how I am now,” Bob said. “He's still the same guy that's very focused and very detailed in what he wants and displaying intensity that's served him well.

“In some ways, we're all a little bit older, wiser maybe in a lot of ways, but we're more seasoned than we were eight years ago.”


Wide receiver Kenny Stills opened up about the infamous picture floating around the Internet of him wearing a purple bridesmaid dress.

Stills said he put the dress on as a joke at former OU basketball player Cade Davis' wedding this summer. The bridesmaid who owns the dress took the picture and posted it on Twitter.

However, it was discovered by a local media outlet and retweeted.

"It's nothing out of the ordinary for me," Stills said. "I feel like I am comfortable with what I am doing. I feel like everybody has taken a funny picture before."

Stills also dismissed the picture as being a distraction to go along with the Sooners' suspensions and injuries.

"I didn't think much of it," he said.


Star receiver Ryan Broyles may have moved on to the NFL, but his successor may have arrived in a new young receiver. At least, that's what center Gabe Ikard is hinting.

Sterling Shepard, a former Heritage Hall standout and the son of former OU receiver Derrick Shepard, has impressed Ikard.

“He's going to play a lot of good football here,” Ikard said. “I'm excited to see all the plays he can make. I daresay he's got some very similar movements to an 85 that we lost last year.”

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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by Jacob Unruh
Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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