Stoops: Sooners thin at tackle
On paper at least, it would seem offensive line play would be Oklahoma's strength this year.
The Sooners have plenty of returning starters and several others who have made spot starts at times on the front.
But a few days before Saturday's season opener against Louisiana-Monroe, Sooners coach Bob Stoops is a bit concerned about his tackles.
“I wouldn't say that,” Stoops said when asked if his team was deep on the offensive line. “I would say we're OK, but I'd say we're short-handed at tackles more than anything — if any recruits are listening.”
Tyrus Thompson will start on the left side with Daryl Williams expected to start on the left.
Right guard Bronson Irwin has also spent time at tackle and could slide over, leaving that spot to Nila Kasitati or Tony Feo.
STOOPS OPEN TO UNI OPTIONS
Bob Stoops said he was open to using an alternate uniform set again — but only if the change was rooted in history.
“Someday,” Stoops said when asked if he'd consider outfitting the team in alternate uniforms. “Like we have — if it has some type of flavor of honoring our past a little bit here and there.
“You never know, we might surprise you someday.”
The Sooners have worn alternate jerseys twice in the Stoops era.
In 2003, the Sooners wore retro uniforms with white helmets at home against North Texas in a 37-3 win.
In 2009, OU wore a similar Nike retro-style set, but in road white, at Texas Tech. The Sooners lost that game 41-13.
BROWNING PRESENTS A CHALLENGE
Sooners defensive coordinator Mike Stoops is very aware of the danger that Louisiana-Monroe quarterback Kolton Browning presents.
Browning threw for 3,049 yards and 29 touchdowns and ran for nearly 500 yards and seven scores last year.
“The quarterback is very dynamic in virtually element of the game,” Mike Stoops said. “His ability to throw the ball, his ability to scramble and throw the ball, his ability to scramble and run — he's kind of a foolproof guy that can make a lot of things happen.
“We gotta try to disrupt him and get him off his spots and take away some of the easy throws he likes.”
SHOATE WILL BE HONORED
Former Oklahoma linebacker Rod Shoate will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in early December.
Before that, he will be honored at an Oklahoma home game this season.
When that will happen, though, is still up in the air.
The date Shoate, who died in 1999, will be honored is one of three listed as “to be determined” when the National Football Foundation and the College Football Hall of Fame announced when the other 12 honorees would be honored.
Shoate will be the 19th player who primarily played at Oklahoma to be inducted into the hall. Troy Aikman, who started at OU but spent his final two seasons of eligibility at UCLA, has also been inducted.
BY RYAN ABER AND JASON KERSEY