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

Of the four quarterbacks who played Saturday, Baker Mayfield clearly had the best performance but he can’t play this year after transferring from Texas Tech.

The battle between Cody Thomas and Justice Hansen will go into the fall.

Thomas, a redshirt freshman, was 5 of 9 for 52 yards and a touchdown in the spring game. Hansen, a true freshman, was 4 for 8 for 58 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions.

Hansen didn’t enter the game until well after the others had played.

“I thought they did a nice job,” coach Bob Stoops said of the two. “They threw nice balls. They didn’t throw any awful passes right to a guy. They did a nice job letting the game come to them for the most part.”

JOHNSON BANGED UP

Junior Cortez Johnson has been in a tight position battle with sophomore Dakota Austin for the open cornerback spot opposite Zack Sanchez.

But Johnson had to sit out Saturday’s game with a lingering injury.

Stoops said Johnson’s injury was minor, and he was nearly able to play.

Austin had three tackles Saturday.

Stoops said Julian Wilson, who sat out the spring recovering from shoulder surgery, could play either cornerback or safety this fall after spending most of the last two seasons at nickelback.

by Ryan Aber
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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