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OU football notebook: Defensive backs' ‘shark' attack

By Mike Baldwin, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco Published: August 20, 2011
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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.”

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