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OU football notebook: Brody Eldridge on the move

Oklahoman Modified: September 10, 2009 at 9:10 am •  Published: September 10, 2009
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Brody Eldridge seeing more time at tight end this week could have been prompted by the performance of James Hanna and Trent Ratteree, who both drew criticism from Stoops for their performance on Saturday.

"He’s valuable out there, capturing edges and getting creases on the corner where he’s so effective,” Stoops said. "He’s a valuable piece, wherever we play him. It depends on where we need him.”

Eldridge has said he has no preference where he plays.

True freshman Demontre Hurst made a tackle on his first collegiate play, covering a kickoff. The oft-mentioned defensive back remembers his clear path to the ball carrier, and making a surprisingly easy tackle. What happened after his tackle is what really stuck with him. On the way back to the sideline, Stoops stopped him and said, "Congratulations, you made your first big college hit.”

"I was just smiling the whole time,” Hurst said. "Everybody was patting me on the head and telling me good job.”

Tickets for the Sooners’ games in Norman against Idaho State on Saturday and Tulsa on Sept. 19 are still available. Tickets are $49 for the Idaho State game and $69 for TU’s visit on Sept. 19. Kickoff times for those games have been set at 6 p.m., and 2:30 p.m., respectively.

Tickets can be ordered on or by calling 800-456-GoOU (4668). If tickets remain on game day, tickets will go on sale five hours before kickoff at Gate 5 of the Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.

OU’s practice field will be open to the public for the first time on Friday night for Oklahoma’s "Big Red Rally.” The event, planned for 5-7 p.m., will feature speeches from a compilation of Sooner legends. The Oklahoma Spirit Squads and the Pride of Oklahoma marching band will also be there.


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