‘Pooh’ thinks backWide receivers coach Jay Norvell says its weird referring to receiver Adron Tennell as anything but "Pooh.” He couldn’t, however, remember how and when the senior earned the childish moniker. Probably for good reason. Tennell got the name from his grandfather when he was in elementary school. "I used to stay down the street from him, and everytime the TV show came on, I used to walk over there and watch it with him,” Tennell said. "And he’s just like, Pooh’s here, so switch and put the channel on Pooh.”
Former Sooner excelsFormer Sooner Keith Nichol helped his offense at Michigan State win a scrimmage last week by completing 17 of 26 passes for 241 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. His day also included a 52-yard score to Spartan receiver Chris D. Rucker. Nichol, a Lowell, Mich. native, transferred to Michigan State in May 2008 after being beaten out by Sam Bradford for OU’s starting quarterback spot in 2007.
Murray looking for more receptionsMossis Madu won’t be the only running back with a lot of receptions in 2009. Madu moved from running back to receiver in the spring, but DeMarco Murray said he’s looking forward to catching more balls this year, whether they come out of the backfield or with him lined up at receiver. "I love to catch balls out there, doing a lot of receiving, catch a couple deep balls,” Murray said. "Just whatever coaches have planned for me, hopefully I’ll see a little bit more than what I’ve had the past couple of years.”
Not paying attentionMurray and fellow running back Chris Brown get a front-row seat to the offensive line’s performance in practice every day. They say they haven’t paid any attention to the doubt and criticisms that have been voiced about the offensive line from fans and the media. "That’s their job, I’m not worried about it,” Murray said. "I don’t ever read about it…I just try to tune it out.”