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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
o footballs signed by Stoops will be given away, as well as numerous gift certificates.

After the loss of Heisman winner Sam Bradford and All-American tight end Jermaine Gresham, some felt that more of the responsibility for winning games would fall on the Sooner defense, which isn’t lacking in star power with All-American Gerald McCoy and Big 12 Freshman of the Year Travis Lewis.

Defensive coordinator Brent Venables disagrees.

"I don’t see it as more pressure. I think we need to be as good as we’re capable of being,” Venables said. "We have a standard that’s regardless of a situation of who’s on the other side of the ball. Control what we can control. That’s always been how we operate, and it’s no different now.”

Before the season, at least one betting Web site posted a 73-point line for Florida’s opening-week matchup with Charleston Southern. However, Las Vegas sports books never put an official line on the game, typical of contests that should be extremely one-sided. Oklahoma’s date on Saturday with FCS opponent Idaho State has qualified as one of those games. No spread will be set for the game. Last week, the Bengals lost at Arizona State, 50-3.

Sooner oral commit Roy Finch, a four-star running back from Niceville, Fla., told the recruiting Web site that he expects Oklahoma to rebound from the loss to BYU. He said the loss had no effect on his commitment. Finch, at 5-foot-8, 170 pounds, is ranked by as the fourth-best running back in the class of 2010.

"I haven’t ran with the ball in five years, probably. I didn’t know what I was doing. I just kind of got the ball. I think I blacked out and woke up on the ground.”

— OU linebacker Ryan Reynolds, joking about his 22-yard interception return in the first quarter against BYU


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