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OU Football Notebook: Sooners working to turn field goals into touchdowns

NOTEBOOK: Oklahoma has scored touchdowns on 16 of its 27 trips inside the 20-yard line.
By Mike Baldwin, Staff Writer, Published: October 12, 2011

“They have a good group up front,” said OU defensive coordinator Brent Venables. “They're very patient running the football. They try to get to manageable third down situations and not expose themselves to negative plays. We'll have our work cut out for us.”


Sooner fans informed sophomore wide receiver Kenny Stills they liked his rivalry intensity in the second quarter when he rejected Texas cornerback Carrington Byndom offering a hand to help Stills off the ground after Byndom broke up a pass in the end zone.

“Oklahoma fans get kind of fired up about stuff like that,” Stills said. “But I shouldn't have done anything like that. I should have just gotten up without making him look bad.”


According to Bodog, Alabama is a slight favorite to win the BCS national championship.

The Crimson Tide is slightly less than 2-to-1 odds (7/4) followed by OU (3-to-1), LSU (9-2), Wisconsin (7-1), Boise State (10-1), Oklahoma State (12-1), Clemson (12-1), Stanford (12-1) and Michigan (20-1).


Co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell said freshman wide receiver Kameel Jackson's playing time has been limited due to quality veterans in front of him.

“If you take the redshirt off him you would like to play him more,” Norvell said. “But he's learning. He'll be so much better next year for it. We'd certainly like to play him as much as we can. He got to play a little in the Texas game. Next year when he gets his chance it won't be new to him.

“As we go down the stretch we'd like to play him as much as we can. He's a really natural catcher. He's our strongest receiver. He's getting better every day. He's gets a ton of work in practice.”


Cornerback Jamell Fleming has been named the Jim Thorpe Defensive Back of the Week. Fleming had career-high 13 tackles, 11 solo, and returned a fumble 56 yards for a touchdown against Texas in the Cotton Bowl.

 Javon Harris earned the honor after Oklahoma's win at Florida State.


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