OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said he’s noticed the Sooners have become tougher on the offensive and defensive lines since assistant coaches Bill Bedenbaugh and Jerry Montgomery, respectively, took over those units last spring.
Bedenbaugh worked four years under Stoops when he was head coach at Arizona.
“He’s an outstanding, tough, hard-nosed guy that is a very good offensive line coach,” Stoops said. “We have some very athletic players. We’re utilizing our best players, too. We try to emphasize what we’re good at, and I think that’s what coaching is all about. It shows the versatility.”
As evidence of that versatility, Stoops cited that OU threw for more than 4,000 yards in 2012, and then rushed for 3,191 yards in 2013.
“I think that shows great coaching by our offensive coaches, being able to utilize the personnel they have,” Stoops said.
CAVIL NEEDS MORE CONSISTENCY
Redshirt freshman wide receiver Dannon Cavil arrived in Norman last spring as an exciting prospect because of his height. At 6-foot-4, he is remains the tallest wideout on campus.
While Cavil didn’t play at all last season, he could get an opportunity in 2014 because of all the play-making wide receivers lost off last year’s team.
“Dannon is really a talented young player, and he flashes at times and then he takes a step back,” said receivers coach Jay Norvell. “Made some big plays, and then he's made some plays that aren't so good.
“We're fighting for consistency with him and being competitive every snap, and he's trying to learn how to play at that speed. When he gets there, he's got a chance to be really good.”
Sophomore linebacker Jordan Evans, on who the leaders are among his position group:
“There’s a lot of us. Frank (Shannon), Dom (Alexander) are both starters, and we all look up to them. We feel like the leadership is really spread out. Every once in a while I’ll say something or Aaron (Franklin) will say something. It’s a good group, and we all feed off each other.”
BY JASON KERSEY AND RYAN ABER