OU quarterback Sam Bradford continues to progress with his injured throwing shoulder, doing even more passing Tuesday than he did Monday. "Looked good,” coach Bob Stoops said Tuesday night during his weekly radio show. A source close to the program said Bradford has split snaps with the first team in practice this week with redshirt freshman Landry Jones, who has started the last two games in place of Bradford. Stoops still isn’t ready to announce whether Bradford will play Saturday at Miami, but said Bradford hasn’t had any setbacks in his recovery and wasn’t particularly sore Tuesday morning after throwing during Monday’s practice. "That’s positive in that everything to this point that he has done he has handled in a positive way and he has made daily progress,” Stoops said. "That part is encouraging. But it’s just too early to determine his status for Saturday. I’m not able to give the answer yet, until we see what Sam’s capable of throughout the week. Is he able to make all the throws? Is he able to do it without too much soreness? How does he react the next day? "All of those things need to be determined, and they won’t be determined until we get later in the week, probably sometime Thursday or Friday, and maybe Saturday, depending on how it goes.”
No Tweet policyTwitter made national sports headlines this week after both Texas Tech coach Mike Leach and New York Jets coach Rex Ryan suspended players for tweeting. Stoops admitted that after reading all the Twitter stories in Monday’s paper, he decided to ask if any of his players had Twitter accounts after Monday’s practice. "Nobody put their hand up,” Stoops said. Stoops pointed out that he would not approve his players having Twitter accounts, especially if they divulged any information to the public about the team. "I would be disappointed if that were the case with any of our guys,” Stoops said. Men’s basketball coach Jeff Capel has a Twitter account, but Stoops does not and said he has no plans to get one. Stoops does have an account with the social-networking site Facebook, but said he only uses it for recruiting purposes.
Field of dreamsStoops declared that the dirt baseball infield at Land Shark Stadium will be replaced with grass before the OU-Miami game. The Hurricanes share the field with baseball’s Florida Marlins, who don’t have any more home games. Changes for the field, however, were on hold with the Marlins in contention for a wild-card spot, which they no longer are.
Go HawksThe Sooners may have had the day off, but the Stoops family still had a rooting interest over the weekend The Stoopses gathered at the house Saturday night to watch Iowa upset fifth-ranked Penn State on the road. "My wife walked around the house all day and made a proclamation early in the day to my children that she was going to yell ‘Go Hawks’ at least 10 times until the game,” said Stoops, who met his wife, Carol, when the two were in college at Iowa. "She did, and we sat down as a family and rooted our alma mater on. It was fun. Good win for them.”
Go CougarsAnother game Stoops had his eye on Saturday was Houston-Texas Tech. Both schools are coached by former Stoops assistants: Kevin Sumlin at Houston, and Leach at Tech. In a game that went down to the wire, Sumlin’s Cougars prevailed with a 29-28 victory. "I made a call to Coach Sumlin to congratulate him,” Stoops said. "I didn’t think that Mike would be in any mood to return my call.”
Break in actionWhile Stoops was watching football on television, he gave the team the entire weekend off during OU’s bye week. Some players left Norman. Receiver/running back Mossis Madu flew to California to watch his brother play in a JUCO game. The majority of the team, however, found things to do in the Oklahoma City area. Wide receiver Brandon Caleb went to the state fair with a couple of friends. Stoops said he thought with the days off his players came back rejuvenated. "Having the weekend off was a positive,” Stoops said. "There was a lot more excitement and spring in their step (Monday).”
Hard hittersStoops was asked if he felt current hard-hitting Sooner safety Quinton Carter resembled former OU safety Brandon Everage, who was an all-conference performer in Norman earlier this decade. "Yeah, he does a lot, and Brandon was an excellent player here,” Stoops said. "Quinton’s very physical, a great hitter, he covers well and he’s a strong player. We’re excited he’s out there.”
Miami injury updateThe Hurricanes expect to be healthier for the Sooners than they were in a 31-7 loss to Virginia Tech. Wide receiver Aldarius Johnson, defensive end Andrew Smith and defensive tackle Marcus Forston, who all missed the Virginia Tech game with various injuries, should play against OU, Miami coach Randy Shannon said Tuesday. However, starting safety Randy Phillips, who was knocked out at Virginia Tech with an injured arm, is questionable. "If he can do contact Wednesday, he’ll play on Saturday,” Shannon told the Palm Beach Post. "If he doesn’t, we have to go with someone else.”