Sophomore wide receiver Kenny Stills missed the season opener, serving a one-game suspension for a DUI charge from last winter. He watched the game from his apartment.
“Last week was rough for me,” Stills said. “I missed my guys. We're a big family. We're like brothers. That was tough for me. I felt I let them down by not being there, not just as a player but emotionally.
“But I was a big fan at home. I was excited for them. I realized I made a mistake and had to live with that. But it's in the past. I messed up. I know I messed up. I'm just moving forward.”
WOULD PAC-12 INFLUENCE RECRUITING?
If Oklahoma moves to the Pac-12 as speculated, could it affect recruiting?
Regardless how it shakes out, OU coach Bob Stoops said bordering the state of Texas is a bigger factor than the conference you play in.
“Proximity matters the most,” Stoops said. “We've always recruited heavier and stronger more in north Texas than the south. We've had a lot of success that way.”
While it's unlikely the Sooners will split from the Longhorns, would it affect recruiting to play in a conference with no Texas schools?
“It may a little bit, but overall I don't know that it would drastically,” Stoops said.
South Florida will honor Sooner great Lee Roy Selmon, who was a former USF athletic director, at Saturday's home opener against Ball State. Players will wear the No. 63 on their helmets for all games this season.
Selmon decals will be distributed to all fans to be worn at Saturday's game. The No. 63 will be painted on the field in two locations. The school also will have a moment of silence and video tribute before kickoff.
Locally, in lieu of flowers for Saturday's services in Oklahoma City, the Selmon family has asked gifts be made to the Sooner Club, which funds scholarships for OU student athletes. The address is OMS, 180 W. Brooks, Norman, OK. 73019. The phone number is (405) 325-8000.
BUILDING FROM THE GROUND UP
OU's running game was vastly improved in the season opener. The Sooners rushed for 231 yards, averaging 5.3 yards per carry. Dominique Whaley ran for four touchdowns.
“You know you're doing pretty well when Dom keeps scoring touchdowns,” said guard Gabe Ikard, smiling. “We're like, ‘It happened again.' Obviously it was a successful day. It was the first time for (Daryl Williams and Lane Johnson) to be out there and we played well.
“We were pleased with our performance, but we can't be satisfied. We've got to keep building on the way we were run blocking. And it will have to be a lot better for the team we're facing next week.”
Another positive sign was the Sooners had only two negative running plays.
“I don't think that's happened to us in quite a few years,” Stoops said.
HOT DOGS ON THE GRILL
Stoops will be among a large contingent of OU people that will attend Selmon's funeral today in Tampa. The group will return home Friday night.
Since it's a bye week, what are his weekend plans?
“I'll watch games like everyone else will and throw a hot dog on the grill,” Stoops said.
MILLARD PLAYS MULTIPLE ROLES
Trey Millard plays fullback and H-back. One hidden contribution is Millard's play on special teams. In the season opener, Millard recorded three tackles.