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OU football notebook: Mossis Madu to play more slot

Oklahoman Modified: February 9, 2009 at 6:36 am •  Published: February 9, 2009
In an effort to get the best players on the field, Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops said last week he anticipates using third-string running back Mossis Madu in the slot next season.

"It’ll be one of those cases where we’ll have him ready to be,” Stoops said. "To some degree, you could put him in the slot and move Ryan (Broyles) outside.”

But while Madu could play more in the slot, he won’t be changing positions, even though he’ll have to share carries behind DeMarco Murray and Chris Brown.

"We’ll never get him too far from running back,” Stoops said. "But we’ll try to get him in the slot more.”

Madu ran for 475 yards and six touchdowns last season, highlighted by a 114-yard, three-touchdown effort in the Big 12 Championship when he replaced an injured Murray.

Next season, OU will have two players born in the United Kingdom on the roster: senior defensive end Auston English (Scotland) and incoming freshman linebacker Tom Wort (England).

Wort was raised in England before he moved to Rhode Island as a teen after his father got a job in the U.S. Eventually, Wort’s family moved to New Braunfels, Texas, where he attended high school.

Wort, who grew up playing soccer, has only been following and playing football for five years.

Stoops joked last week he’s looking forward to seeing Wort’s soccer skills.

"I’m going to roll a soccer ball out there when we get to practice and see what he can do with it,” Stoops said.


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