Earlier in the week, Stoops said Habern was “a ways away” from coming back because he was still in a cast. Habern, however, did at least duck in the media room Tuesday without a cast.
MINUS THE PIRATE, TEXAS TECH STILL THROWING
Mike Leach is almost two years gone from Texas Tech, but the Red Raiders still air it out. When hired, second-year coach Tommy Tuberville said he would keep much of Tech's spread philosophy, he just wanted to run more. But Tech quarterback Seth Doege has thrown for 2,167 yards in six games, just 10 yards fewer than Big 12 leader Landry Jones.
“They're going back to how they used to run it,” said OU defensive end Frank Alexander. “Tuberville, coming from the SEC, he wanted to run the ball. Now they're going back to a passing offense.”
Alexander said Doege passes quickly and Tech's linemen do what they did under Leach, “just backing up out of there, getting a wall. We just gotta get our hands up.”
One factor in Tech's offensive philosophies in recent weeks: It lost leading rusher Eric Stephens to a season-ending knee injury.
RATTERREE GOES FROM WALK-ON TO SCHOLARSHIP, ‘BUD' TO TRENT
OU senior tight end Trent Ratterree, a former walk-on, came clean and absolved Stoops of not knowing Ratterree's name years ago. During pregame stretching, Stoops goes by each player and shakes their hand.
Ratterree long has told the story of Stoops going by the tight ends. “Good luck, Brody. Good luck, Jermaine ... (gets to Ratterree) help us win today, Bud.”
The walk-ons took to calling each other “Bud.”
“I kind of gave him a bad rap,” Ratterree said of Stoops. “That was my freshman year. I failed to mention that, for comedic purposes.”
Stoops admitted it takes him awhile to learn every new player's name.
“It's not the easiest,” Stoops said. “When you have 120, or 115, especially new guys show up. Takes a little while. We had a new kicker out there. I called him New Guy for about a week ... you do your best. Eventually you get 'em.”
Stoops said his pregame ritual of shaking hands is “just something I've always done. My way of letting 'em know I appreciate 'em. To me, it's a special moment. My way of wishing 'em luck. I appreciate the hard work.”