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OU football notebook: Sooners on the field by 6 a.m. Friday

Running back Roy Finch practices despite reports that he suffered an injury playing basketball.
Oklahoman Published: August 3, 2012


photo - COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Lane Johnson (69) and Bronson Irwin (68) stretch during spring football practice for the OU Sooners on the campus of the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., Monday, March 5, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Lane Johnson (69) and Bronson Irwin (68) stretch during spring football practice for the OU Sooners on the campus of the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., Monday, March 5, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

The OU football team had its first practice Friday at 6 a.m. on the rugby fields in Norman. Coach Bob Stoops switched the practice from evening to morning due to extreme heat conditions. Their last item on the schedule events for the day was dinner at 5 p.m. They were to report for taping at 4:45 a.m.

But as senior RJ Washington put it: “For those of you who don't run on other people's schedules — this isn't like walk in around 4:45. This isn't like I'm going to be there at 5. This is the real life. We're grown men. When it says 4:45, it really means to be there about 4:30, 4:20ish, 4:25ish depending on what you're doing, if you need to get taped.”

Nila Kasitati did not practice. The sophomore had surgery earlier this week and is reportedly doing well. Senior running back Roy Finch did practice despite reports that he sustained some injuries in a pick-up basketball game earlier in the week.

Although OU players were unavailable to the media, the Sooners still took to their Twitter accounts and gave their thoughts on practice.

“Rise and grind. Day #1” – David Smith

“go get it” – Joe Powell

“4 am came to early this morning. Good first day of work tho” – RJ Washington

“Day 1 ..got better ..did you?” – Brennan Clay

LATU IS A RED WOLF

 Will Latu will play NCAA Division I football after all, just not at Oklahoma.

The offensive lineman will have two years of eligibility at Arkansas State. Latu spent the past two seasons at College of the Canyons (Calif). He was the No. 1-ranked junior college offensive lineman in the class of 2012, according to Rivals.com.

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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