“You can see them becoming more comfortable, and their roles on the team are a little bit more defined,” said OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops. “Their confidence as players has obviously picked up. We all understand how important the quarterback position is for any team, and certainly those guys having two really good ones can execute a lot of his offense. It's pretty unique.”
OU special teams coordinator Jay Boulware, on the strength of seniors Jalen Saunders and Roy Finch in the kick-return game. Lots of teams have chosen to kick away from them to limit return opportunities.
“We have probably two of the best specialists that I've had the privilege of coaching. Both of those kids have done a phenomenal job. … When you've got a team willing to give up 10, 15, 20 yards or whatever it is in field position because they don't want that guy to touch it and go to the house, that's just as good as a return sometimes.”
BY JASON KERSEY AND RYAN ABER