OU football notebook: Teams limiting Jalen Saunders' punt returns

Oklahoma's senior wide receiver ha demonstrated impressive ability on punt returns, including an 81-yard touchdown in last year's Bedlam win.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: October 17, 2013

Asked if he was still concerned about those allegiances, Stoops said no.

“I'm not going to be concerned about it because it doesn't matter,” Stoops said. “I think you guys are all able to formulate your own opinions and express them yourself. In the end, I'll go with whatever they say we've got to go with.”

Stoops reiterated, though, his belief that strength of schedule should play a large role in determining the four playoff teams.

“Obviously I'm in favor of that when you look at who we've played through the years, nonconference and when you look at our schedule moving forward,” Stoops said. “I'm hopeful that will be a strong component in rankings and the decisions.

“Two of the last three years we've been at Florida State and Notre Dame. Surely we hope that's a factor otherwise there's no reason to do that. Otherwise why put yourself at risk of having a hard game, on the road especially?”

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Oklahoma quarterback Blake Bell, on dealing with outside criticism:

“I'm just playing a game. I don't listen to that. We're in here as a team, and we're gonna push to win ballgames. All I can do is get in the film room and learn from my mistakes and get better.”

by Ryan Aber
Reporter
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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