Oklahoma's football practice Wednesday featured a scrimmage. By most accounts, the Sooners' high-powered offense outplayed the defense.
"I can admit it," said defensive tackle Gerald McCoy. "They teach us to admit our faults, be a man about it, and they got us in the end. But that just helps us."
McCoy said one of the big reasons for the offense's success was the play of the offensive line, specifically the play of Brian Simmons, who spends most of practice trying to block the All-American.
WILLIAMS: ELDRIDGE IS 'BEST BLOCKER ON OUR TEAM'
Brody Eldridge taking snaps as a first-team center earlier in the week might have surprised some, but fellow lineman Trent Williams said the versatile 6-foot-5, 265-pounder could do just fine about anywhere up front.
"Brody's the best blocker on our team. Technique-wise, finishing-wise, nobody equals up to Brody, not even myself," Williams said.
The review was made even more flattering by Williams' status as one of the top offensive line prospects for next spring's NFL Draft. Still, Eldridge, who has seen most of his playing time come as a tight end, didn't get a snap off before being playfully ribbed by the rest of the line, Williams said.
Coach Bob Stoops says he plans to have several freshmen contribute on various special teams units. Among those named included Javon Harris, Jaydan Bird, Demontre Hurst and Jonathan Miller.
Stoops singled out Miller's early work in the offense.
"Miller looked really good, explosive at running back and has a lot of power to him," Stoops said.
Senior linebacker Ryan Reynolds said he tweaked his hamstring, but the injury was minor and shouldn't keep him out. ï¿½ Junior running back DeMarco Murray was a partial participant in Wednesday's workout. ï¿½Junior defensive end Pryce Macon did not practice. He was wearing a knee brace.