The most entertaining clip from ESPN's “Oklahoma, All Access” segments that aired last week was OU's defensive backs comparing themselves to sharks.
“They're ruthless,” said linebacker Travis Lewis. “They're fast. They're looking for any sign of blood because once they see it, they're going to go after it and devour it.”
ESPN shows nickelback Tony Jefferson and safety Aaron Colvin talking smack in the locker room, their hands placed on their foreheads, the sign for being a shark.
Surrounded by his buddies, Jefferson barks: “When we bite, it hurts! You feel it! Helmets will be coming off! And there will be blood! We smell blood. ... Ryan Broyles, you don't want to come across the middle.”
During a practice, Colvin points to the wide receivers: “See that fish over there. That's what we eat, right there. We love that. That's soul food.”
Broyles' rebuttal: “They call themselves the sharks. I'm not sure what that really means. They don't kick. They don't bite. Well they bite on play action. They bite on double moves.”
HEALTHY WALKER READY TO GO
Junior defensive tackle Stacy Walker started the first four games last season but missed the next six with a severely sprained knee. Walker was injured on a cut block while pursuing Cincinnati quarterback Zach Collaros. Replays showed it was a cheap shot.
“I was in the backfield chasing (Collaros) and the center came out of nowhere and hit me dead off in my knee. ... It swelled up like a pumpkin,” Walker said. “I knew something was wrong. I flipped in the air. I'm 300 (pounds). You don't do that.”
Walker returned two months later and played with pain late in the season. This offseason, he strengthened the knee.
“I'm all good now,” Walker said. “You can't dwell on the past. What happened last year happened last year. I wish I hadn't gotten hurt and missed the majority of the season, but you have to move forward. My mindset is it's the 2011 season and we're going to get after it.”
CAMERAS NOT A DISTRACTION
ESPN crews attended practices the first week of two-a-days to produce a behind-the-scenes look into the program. ESPN will air a one-hour special, “Oklahoma, All Access,” in two 30-minute segments on Tuesday at 6 p.m., then rebroadcast the series several times this week.
“I thought our guys did a great job of not letting it be a distraction,” said defensive coordinator Brent Venables. “I think it's good for the program. (ESPN film crews) were a good bunch of guys that were lighthearted and took directions well.”
Part I will be rebroadcast on Wednesday at 4 a.m. (ESPN2), 3:30 p.m. (ESPNU) and 6:30 p.m. (ESPNU).
Part II will be rebroadcast on Thursday at 1 a.m. (ESPN2), 6:30 p.m. (ESPNU) and 11:30 p.m. (ESPN2).
Both 30-minute segments will continue to re-air from Aug. 26-Sept. 3.
COACHING STAFF RANKED NO. 2
Oklahoma's coaching staff is ranked No. 2 in the country by Rivals.com.
Rivals' analysis: “Bob Stoops gets criticized for losing in the national title game. That brings up this conundrum: Is it better to have played for the national title and lost or never play for the national title? We're of the opinion that playing for it is a big deal. Stoops works well with defensive coordinator Brent Venables. There will be co-offensive coordinators this season after Kevin Wilson left for Indiana but promotions came in house so there won't be any scheme changes.”
CALIFORNIA TRIO ROOMING TOGETHER
Kenny Stills, Jefferson and Brennan Clay are from the San Diego area. This season they're roommates. Just because they're all from California doesn't mean they have similar personalities.
“We always try to take each other's head off,” Clay said, laughing. “We like clowning around. We go at each other's throat, but it's all fun and love. I'm the one that gets picked on. I'm just going to throw that out there.
“But I love them to death. They're my boys, they're my ride or die. I'm there to support them as much as they support me.”