OU football notebook: Spring game will change formats

by Michael Baldwin Published: April 10, 2012

“You still get to see players execute, make plays or not make plays. I sometimes like it when it's really just fundamental, take schemes out of it. You get to see a raw performance of guys making plays in tough situations.”

Next year's game is all but assured of being televised. There have been reports the Sooners are expected to sign a deal with Fox Sports that will provide at least 1,000 hours of OU programming per year. The spring game would be a high priority item.


There were questions whether junior wide receiver Jaz Reynolds would participate in spring drills, but surgery wasn't required after he suffered a kidney injury against Oklahoma State that required a lengthy hospital stay.

Reynolds not only is playing, he's playing well according to co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Jay Norvell.

After sitting out the 2010 season, Reynolds hauled in 41 catches for 715 yards and five touchdowns last year.

Reynolds estimates he's around 90 percent, conditioning being the final hurdle.

“I'm not surprised I'm doing a lot,” Reynolds said. “I think the only guys that are surprised are you guys (in the media). I've been fine since January when I was released from the hospital. It was just a matter of time. I have a couple of days to the game and I'll be good.”

by Michael Baldwin
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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