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OU football notebook: Trent Ratterree living the dream

By Mike Baldwin, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Published: August 27, 2011
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Senior tight end Trent Ratterree, who recently returned to practice after suffering a concussion during two-a-days, was an All-State football and basketball star at Weatherford. He turned down scholarship offers to Colorado State, Tulsa and Rice to walk-on at OU.

“He grew up loving OU,” said tight end James Hanna. “He loves being part of this and contributing. He plays harder than anybody. He wants it more than anybody.”

Coach Bob Stoops announced last week that Ratterree was placed on scholarship, a reward not only to Ratterree but his family, which made sacrifices to help him play as a walk-on.

“I still get goose bumps when they start playing, ‘Boomer Sooner,'” Ratterree said. “It's a great feeling.”

CAPTAINS FOR 2011 SEASON

The Sooners selected five captains for the season — quarterback Landry Jones, wide receiver Ryan Broyles, center Ben Habern, linebacker Travis Lewis and punter Tress Way.

It's the second consecutive year Jones and Lewis have been captains. Lewis was selected although he's expected to miss the first month of the season with a broken toe.

JONES A JONNY QUEST FAN

In Sunday's Oklahoman football preview section, duos from each position were compared to pop culture icons.

Which dynamic duos did Jones like growing up?

Chicago Bulls All-Stars Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen.

“I watched the Bulls all the time when I was young,” Jones said. “They were always my favorite team.”

As for TV duos, Jones watched cartoon heroes Hadji and Jonny Quest, who accompanied his father on extraordinary adventures.

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