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OU football notebook: Pass-catching improves for running backs Keith Ford, Alex Ross

Ford showed more of the power that got him carries last year but had just 29 yards on nine carries. Ross had six yards on three carries.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: April 13, 2014

Oklahoma’s running back of the future might’ve been watching from the sideline Saturday as five-star signee Joe Mixon was in attendance for the Sooners spring football game.

On the field, neither Keith Ford nor Alex Ross — the two most likely of players currently on campus to contribute at the spot next season — did anything spectacular.

Ford showed more of the power that got him carries last year but had just 29 yards on nine carries. Ross had six yards on three carries.

After the game, though, co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel talked about another facet of their games.

“The surprising thing about both of those guys is this spring, they both caught balls extremely well out of the backfield,” Heupel said. “They’ve grown to understand pass protection. There were areas where those young guys were deficient a year ago, but they’ve made some strides here during spring ball and that’s going to be critical for us to be successful this fall.”

Neither caught a pass Saturday.

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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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