OU football notebook: Gabe Ikard scoffs at 'spoiler' question

The Sooners senior center said, “We all know traditionally the numbers and how it's been lopsided ... we don't see ourselves as an underdog in this game.”
by Jason Kersey Published: December 2, 2013

Oklahoma State quarterback Clint Chelf is better known for his passing, but he's shown an ability to run the ball effectively, too. OU learned that firsthand a year ago, when Chelf rushed for 63 yards on 12 carries, including a 38-yard burst, in the Sooners' overtime Bedlam win.

“The quarterback draw has always been part of their offense,” said OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops. “They're very strategic in how they use it and try to keep you off balance with it.

“They're running it more with him than they have in the past. I think we have to limit his plays out of the pocket. But we don't see him moving all over the pocket trying to get rid of the football. I think he's a pocket thrower, and they keep you off balance with his ability to run. We saw that a year ago.”

JUCO TIGHT END ISAAC IJALANA DECOMMITS

Junior college tight end Isaac Ijalana announced Monday night he is no longer verbally committed to OU.

Ijalana made his decommitted via Twitter, stating: “After thinking about things, I feel like the best decision for me is to back away from my commitment to Oklahoma.”

The 6-foot-5, 235-pound Ijalana has spent this season at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, Calif.

He also has offers from Illinois, Akron and Bowling Green.

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OU senior running back Brennan Clay, asked if he likes that OSU's program has drastically improved over the last few years:

“I'm glad that they're good. Football is a great sport. Going against them, it's probably gonna come down to the wire again.”

BY JASON KERSEY, BERRY TRAMEL AND RYAN ABER

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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