Punter Tress Way is holding for extra points and field goals this spring.
“I guess (Michael) Hunnicutt went to coach (Bob) Stoops and said he liked having me hold the ball,” Way said. “I practiced through winter workouts and I'm practicing it now. I like it. It's fun. It's different. I know how he likes the ball so I can keep doing it if I need to.”
Is it difficult to catch the ball and turn the laces?
“Honestly the hardest part is getting it in the exact spot,” Way said. “You set your two fingers (on the field) where Hunnicutt is going to be kicking it. Every couple of inches matters.
“The spin is not too bad. Austin Woods is a great snapper. We have the distance down to where he gives me the laces. It's perfect. It's finding that spot. I've got to get better but I have awhile before our first game. It's fun, though.”
BEN HABERN UPDATE
Center Ben Habern, who missed part of last season with a broken forearm, isn't participating in spring drills after undergoing neck surgery. He still has a vocal presence at practice.
“He came back from a broken forearm earlier than he was supposed to,” said offensive tackles/tight ends coach James Patton. “He came back from a broken ankle as a redshirt freshman. He has that toughness. He's fine. He's been working out, running in the training room.
“He has to take his multivitamins, drink some milk, let it heal up and keep strong.”
Quarterback Landry Jones no longer rooms with Habern, but they remain close friends.
“I'm sure it's pretty tough,” Jones said. “I wouldn't want to be in that position. He's had to battle injuries all his career. It's one of those things. He just has to battle back, push through it.
“It's been pretty positive. I think the fuse is coming together pretty well for him. He hasn't had much setbacks.”
Hunnicutt is handling kickoff duties this spring. Patrick O'Hara, who handled kickoffs much of last season, isn't participating in spring drills, attending to personal family matters. ... The Sooners routinely sprinkle in “live drills” but are scheduled to have a scrimmage-like session on Thursday. ... Running backs coach Cale Gundy oversees punt returns. It hasn't been a focus the first four practices, but Gundy said Kenny Stills, Roy Finch and Brennan Clay are the top candidates to replace Ryan Broyles, who handled punt returns most of his career.