Heupel: Offense not that far off
Oklahoma co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel reiterated this week his belief that his offense isn't far off.
“There's a real fine line, and offensive football is really 11 guys acting as one,” Heupel said. “At times, but not very often, we had 11 guys acting as one. When we did, we pit some things together. We weren't consistent doing that.”
Heupel said he was confident there would be improvement.
“When I say it's not far off, that's what you play for every day,” Heupel said, holding his fingers about an inch apart. “It's hard to get 11 guys playing at a high level, consistently, throughout an entire ballgame. Obviously we didn't do it last week.”
STOOPS QUIET ON INJURIES
Sooner coach Bob Stoops was tight lipped when asked about his team's injury situation Wednesday night.
“I'm not going to detail that,” Stoops said. “That doesn't probably play in the best interest for us. There's quite a few of them, still question marks, but they're progressing, so we'll see.”
Cornerback Aaron Colvin, wide receiver Sterling Shepard, nickelback Julian Wilson, linebacker Jordan Evans and running back Keith Ford were among the players injured in last week's loss to Baylor.
Stoops said Monday that Wilson was the closest to returning.
BELL OK WITH KNIGHT PACKAGE
Blake Bell has known what it was like to come on as a situation quarterback after running the Belldozer in short-yardage and red-zone situations the last two seasons in place of Landry Jones.
Last week against Baylor, he was on the other side for the first time, as Trevor Knight came on several times.
Like Jones the last two years, Bell didn't publicly express any frustration at coming out of the game.
“It's fine,” Bell said. “I'm just here to play the game. The coaches decide that and decide when they want to put him in and stuff like that.”
Knight also played against Notre Dame, though that came when Bell was briefly knocked out due to injury.
GRISSOM, NDULUE AND KLEIN?
Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops got a bit nostalgic early in the week.
Stoops was asked about the defensive ends that would replace Charles Tapper during the first half of Saturday's game against Iowa State.
Tapper was suspended for a half after being ejected for throwing a punch late in the game against Baylor.
“Geneo (Grissom) has started and Chuka (Ndulue)'s played probably as good as anybody the last three or four weeks. So Chuka and Geneo will get the majority of reps in the first half and then Kory Klein will take a lot on both sides.”
Klein was a standout on OU's defensive line from 2000-03.
“Kory, ah what's his name?” Stoops said. “Oh, Matt Dimon. He kind of reminds me of Kory.”
FRANKS PROGRESSING OFFENSIVELY
Trey Franks, who bounced from offense to defense and then back to offense a few weeks ago, started against Baylor less than three weeks after shifting back to offense.
“He's just been making some improvement and gives us a speed guy out there that has a chance to make some big plays,” Stoops said.
Franks has yet to make a catch this season but has returned five kicks.
He made 41 catches in 2010 and 2011 before being suspended for the 2012 season and redshirting.
BY RYAN ABER AND JASON KERSEY