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OU football notebook: Bob Stoops says Sooners are thin at offensive tackle

On paper at least, it would seem offensive line play would be Oklahoma's strength this year.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: August 29, 2013

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.


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.

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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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