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.