NORMAN – Oklahoma had a strong showing in the first couple of on-field days at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.
Tight end James Hanna got the Sooners' seven representatives off to a quick start. He ran a 4.49-second 40-yard dash, the lowest of any tight end at the event. It was a faster time, actually, than most of the receivers who ran.
Hanna followed that up by being second among tight ends in the 20-yard shuttle run (4.11 seconds) and the three-cone drill (6.76). He was also third in the broad jump (10 feet, 2 inches).
He reportedly fared well in blocking drills but did hurt himself some by dropping two passes in the pass-catching session.
Like Hanna, offensive tackle Don Stephenson set the mark for the top-40 time at his position. The 6-foot-5, 300-pound Stephenson ran a 4.91-second time. He also had the top broad jump (9-6) for linemen, as well as vertical leap (35 ½ inches).
Stephenson struggled some with the bench, however. Some of his chronic shoulder issues could have contributed to his 19 repetitions of the 225-pound bar. (Most linemen are in the neighborhood of 30 reps.)
Meanwhile, receiver Ryan Broyles impressed scouts with 21 repetitions, among the most at his position. Broyles, still recovering from his November knee surgery, did not participate in any of the receiving or running drills. But Broyles purportedly did run a 4.7-second 40 in recent weeks, even though he's nowhere near 100 percent.
Outside linebacker Ronnell Lewis will be on the field Monday, as will former teammates Frank Alexander and Travis Lewis, but the Dewar native already turned heads with 36 repetitions on the bench.
SOONERS EXTEND OFFER TO DEFENSIVE END MATHIS
Oklahoma joined a few other A-list schools this month in extending an offer to 2013 Upland (Calif.) defensive end Joe Mathis.
Defensive end coach Bobby Jack Wright and linebackers coach Tim Kish offered Mathis, whose coach, Mike Esquivel, has known Kish for some time.
Mathis has also received offers from Southern Cal, Nebraska, Michigan, Oklahoma State and others.
ESPN.com reported Sunday that OU has extended about 70 offers for the 2013 class. It has yet to receive a commitment.
One of the six recruits to receive an errant message last week from OU assistant Jay Norvell's Twitter account committed to Texas the following day, according to multiple recruiting sites.
Sealy (Texas) receiver Ricky Seals-Jones committed to the Longhorns. … In the tweet from Norvell's account, Seals-Jones was invited to the Sooners' March 4 junior day. Spring practice for the Sooners is set to begin March 5.