OU football notebook: Talk with Jay Norvell helped wideouts

The Sooner wideouts were much more effective in Saturday's 51-20 rout of Tulsa.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: September 15, 2013


Much of the criticism of Oklahoma's passing through its first two games centered on redshirt freshman quarterback Trevor Knight.

But coaches have said that receivers were just as culpable in those difficulties because of dropped passes.

The Sooner wideouts were much more effective in Saturday's 51-20 rout of Tulsa.

Sophomore Sterling Shepard led the team with eight catches for 123 yards and two touchdowns.

“We had a talk with Coach (Jay) Norvell on our play in the first two games,” Shepard said. “We realized that it wasn't good enough so we knew that we had to come back out and show the crowd and everybody that we can be a passing offense like we've always been. We proved that today.”


While Oklahoma is relaxing next Saturday and enjoying its extra week of preparation for a Sept. 28 trip to Notre Dame, the Irish will host Michigan State.

OU coach Bob Stoops likes having the extra week, but is even happier that his team played three games before the tough road contest.

The Sooners beat Louisiana-Monroe, West Virginia and Tulsa at home over the past three weeks, but Stoops said the game against the Mountaineers was moved up, in part, so his team would have a third game under its belt.

by Ryan Aber
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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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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