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OU football notebook: Trey Franks will not return for 2014 season

The redshirt junior has graduated from school and chose not to return for final season of eligibility. Franks was a valuable return man for the Sooners.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey and Trent Shadid Published: February 7, 2014
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photo - Oklahoma's Trey Franks (2) runs past Iowa State's Jake Knott (20) during a college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Iowa State University Cyclones (ISU) at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Trey Franks (2) runs past Iowa State's Jake Knott (20) during a college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Iowa State University Cyclones (ISU) at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

“We play with five DB's every snap, so getting five was what we needed to do and certainly we look for some of those guys to contribute for us,” Stoops said. “We're really thin right now. We were a couple guys short a year ago so it was good to get a good, solid class of DBs.”

Jenks safety Steven Parker, a four-star recruit, is considered the top signee of the group and was referred to as “a player we desperately needed” by Stoops. Marcus Green, Vontre McQuinnie, Jordan Thomas, and Tito Windham were the other signees.

“When you look at those guys they have great versatility, size, range and that's what we needed to do,” Stoops said. “I thought we got two pure cover guys in Jordan Thomas and Tito Windham. I thought Steven (Parker) gives us the great cover guy, Vontre gives us a physical presence, and Marcus Green is a guy that I think can play all five positions.”

COACHES RAVE ABOUT PERINE'S SIZE, ABILITY

A lot of talk surrounding Oklahoma's 2014 recruiting class has involved highly touted running back signee Joe Mixon, and rightfully so with the Oakley, Calif., (Freedom) native being the top rated all-purpose back in the country by Rivals.com.

But during Wednesday's signing day press conference in Norman, the Sooners' other running back signee, Samaje Perine, received equal praise from the coaching staff.

“Everybody's going to be excited about the running backs,” said co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel. “They're extremely special players. Samaje's a big, strong, physical, impressive looking kid. When you see him walk in the door, he looks like a grown man.”

Head coach Bob Stoops, co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell, and running backs coach Cale Gundy also raved about Perine's (5-foot-11, 238 pounds) rare combination of size and ability.

“He's very athletic guy for a big guy,” Gundy said. “He's got great feet, and he's got great hands. He (bench presses) like 385 pounds, and he squats over 500. Just ridiculous numbers right now.”

Stoops and Norvell both said they saw Perine during a recent visit he made to Norman and stated the Pflugerville, Texas (Hendrickson) product looks more like a junior in college than a high school senior.

Perine rushed for 1,492 yards and 12 touchdowns last season.

QUOTABLE

Oklahoma cornerback Zack Sanchez, on the importance of offseason workouts:

“It's huge. Just putting weight on, getting more physical and more powerful. … Playing Alabama, it showed us we can be a lot more powerful. If we bring that to the Big 12, we should be able to have a lot of fun.”

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics 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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by Trent Shadid
Copy Editor
Trent Shadid is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Weatherford, Okla., and attended Weatherford High School. Before joining The Oklahoman, he spent two seasons as an assistant wrestling coach at Weatherford High...
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