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.
Latu did not play football until his senior year of high school. Coach Bob Stoops announced Wednesday that Latu was unable to become academically qualified at Oklahoma, but, according to the Scout site AStateNation.com, he could soon be ruled immediately eligible by the NCAA.
NOTRE DAME'S GUNSLINGER IN THE AIR
Tommy Rees' suspension doesn't mean he's only out for the Irish's season opener in Dublin. It means head coach Brian Kelly is left to find a starting quarterback between his three remaining choices – junior Andrew Hendrix, sophomore Everett Golson and the nation's top-touted QB commit, freshman Gunner Kiel.
The problem for Kelly? None of those three options have ever seen a start, and only Hendrix has seen the field and that was only in one game.
Rees will still be practicing, and Kelly will most likely look to him the rest of the season, but who will lead the offense in Ireland? Kelly is going to give it to the guy he thinks he can “trust” the most not to turn over the football.
ASTROTURF IN IRISH STADIUM
When the Sooners play at Notre Dame in September 2013, they might not run on the same patch of grass made famous by Knute Rockne and the Four Horseman and Frank Leahy and Johnny Lujack.
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly announced on a South Bend radio station Thursday night that field turf is coming to South Bend. He is also working to get a video screen.
“It's something that's eventually going to be in the stadium,” Kelly said of the AstroTurf. “We had a lot of construction in there this year, which kind of put us back a little bit, but that's coming.”
Staff writer Berry Tramel contributed to this report