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OU football notebook: Linebacker Frank Shannon misses open practice

Shannon out with illness, expected to return on Saturday. Former Norman North standout Jordan Evans replaced Shannon in practice Thursday.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Modified: April 10, 2014 at 7:58 pm •  Published: April 10, 2014

“Every team has to operate the way they feel is the best. For us, we're going to go out there and do the best we can to simulate. We're going to have a great atmosphere. We've got a lot of exciting things going on. We'll go out and perform and hopefully get a lot out of the way we play, and have a little bit of fun with the crowd and the way we do it.”

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy opted not to have a regular spring game this year, instead opening up a two-hour practice to fans last Saturday inside Boone Pickens Stadium that included drills and a team period with a scrimmage.

Stoops said that back in his playing days at Iowa, the Hawkeyes would have a spring game each year that drew between 30 and 40,000 fans.

NO POST-SPRING GAME AUTOGRAPHS THIS YEAR

Oklahoma won’t allow fans onto the field Saturday for a post-spring game autograph session like it has in past years.

Senior associate athletics director Kenny Mossman posted the news Thursday to Twitter, saying the growing crowds had become unmanageable.

Mossman engaged fans in Twitter conversation after the initial post, and didn’t rule out bringing the autograph session back in the future.

“We love it when fans can interact with our teams,” Mossman tweeted. “So if we can find a way to do it safely, comfortably, we're all for it.”

Following the spring game, which begins at 2 p.m., OU students are encouraged to join the team on the field for a free one-hour concert, during which autographs won’t be permitted. Other fans are asked to remain in their seats during the concert.

QUOTABLE

OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops, on sophomore quarterback Trevor Knight:

“There’s no one who’s more competitive and prepares harder than he does. We’re starting to see all of his hard work pay off. That’s a dangerous situation for a guy who has that talent. There’s not many guys who can run it and throw it like he does. I haven’t seen many.”

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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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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