With five veteran receivers, it will be difficult for a freshman to crack the Oklahoma rotation, but teammates are buzzing about Kameel Jackson from Arlington, Texas.
"Kameel has shown a lot of savvy," said receivers coach Jay Norvell. "We had him in camp a couple of times and absolutely loved him. He has really good hands. And he has the ability to focus. That's the hardest thing for young players, to focus and make plays. He's shown the ability to do that. ...
"Skill players like him do well in our offense. If you're not a quick thinker, you won't play well in a no-huddle offense. You have to think like the quarterback thinks. If you do that you can have a lot of success."
The Sooners on Tuesday went through the first of four two-a-day sessions. Sophomore running back Roy Finch said it brings back memories of his time at Edmond North High School before his finished high school in Florida. His career started in Maryland.
"Maryland was more of a basketball state. We had light practices," Finch said. "When we moved to Oklahoma it was a different story. I had to adjust to two-a-days and the heat. Coming here prepared me for what we're going through now. In Florida we had two-a-days, but it wasn't like Oklahoma."
FULL PADS A BAROMETER
Running backs coach Cale Gundy was referring to Jermie Calhoun returning from an injury, but his analogy applies to all players. Full-pad practices help separate players. Mental discipline, consistency and durability are revealed during hot, steamy two-a-days.
"We'll start to find out now," Gundy said. "You have to be physical. Once the defense knows they can take guys to the ground, things start to separate."