SANCHEZ IMPRESSES AT SCRIMMAGE
The Sooners' scrimmage Saturday went for 98 plays.
“I felt good about it,” Bob Stoops said. “We were pretty good and didn't have many penalties.”
The Sooners used Big 12 officials for the morning scrimmage, which was closed to the public and media.
One of the players Stoops singled out for his performance at Saturday's closed scrimmage was redshirt freshman cornerback Zack Sanchez.
“He continues to really do a good job,” Stoops said. “All those guys, I couldn't be more pleased. The young DBs are all really good.”
Another redshirt freshman, running back Alex Ross, said the improvement could be attributed to confidence.
“A corner, having one-on-one most of the times, having confidence makes you better and I think he's getting there.”
STOOPS ON METOYER: HE'LL BE OK
Sophomore receiver Trey Metoyer had been raising eyebrows with his play through the early days of camp but went down with an injury to his left ankle late last week.
Bob Stoops said the injury wasn't a major one.
“He'll be OK,” Stoops said. “It's just a sprain.”
Stoops said everyone came through the scrimmage without injuries, though several players have been dealing with sprains and other minor injuries.
NUMBER NOT A FACTOR FOR ROSS
Redshirt freshman running back Alex Ross didn't ask to wear No. 28 — the same number Adrian Peterson wore at Oklahoma.
He also didn't ask for it in high school, when Jenks coaches gave him the number.
“I wasn't coming in here like, ‘I want 28, give me the number,'” Ross said. “It just happened. I didn't ask for it in high school. They just gave it to me there. He's one of my top favorite running backs but no, I don't wear it just because he wore it.”
Bob Stoops said it was impossible to retire jerseys at Oklahoma.
“Here, we're one of those places — and I say it modestly — we go retiring or taking numbers off the shelf and we won't have many to choose from,” he said. “There's been a lot of great players that have worn a lot of numbers.
GRISSOM AND TAPPER LEADING AT D-END
Bob Stoops said junior Geneo Grissom and sophomore Charles Tapper were working as the No. 1 defensive ends but said things were far from settled at the position.
“We're rotating a bunch of guys in there,” Stoops said. “For the most part, they can change out too. Sometimes Chuka (Ndulue) can play out there or play inside. Those guys are playing pretty well.”
Ndulue moved from defensive end to tackle over the offseason.
Grissom moved back to defensive end from tight end last season after playing five games at defensive end in 2011. Tapper played in five games last season as a true freshman.
IKARD, COLVIN ON NFL.COM LIST
NFL.com analyst Gil Brandt, longtime Dallas Cowboys scout and onetime vice president of player personnel for the team, ranked two Sooners in his top 50 senior prospects for the 2014 NFL Draft.
Another was ranked just outside the top 50.
Fullback/tight end/running back Trey Millard is the first Sooner on the list, coming in at No. 40.
“He is a big back with speed, receiving ability and is an outstanding blocker,” Brandt wrote. “Despite playing fullback for the Sooners, Millard has the potential to be a tailback in the NFL.”
Cornerback Aaron Colvin is No. 43. Center Gabe Ikard is No. 63.
Texas A&M offensive lineman Jake Matthews is No. 1.
The Big 12 places 13 players on the list. In addition to OU, Texas has three players on the list. Baylor and TCU have two each while Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and West Virginia have one each.
BY RYAN ABER AND JASON KERSEY