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OU football notebook: Trey Millard commits to OU

David Ubben, Jake Trotter and Berry Tramel Modified: August 25, 2009 at 1:07 pm •  Published: August 25, 2009

/> "Matt is, what I have seen through camp, much improved from a year ago,” Stoops said.

The competition for the starting spot at placekicker remains competitive between sophomore Jimmy Stevens and redshirt freshman Way.

"Much more consistent than a year ago,” Stoops said of his placekickers.

Way will likely handle the brunt of punting, but Stoops said junior college transfer Cameron Kenney could be called on to execute a rugby-style punt.

The Sooners’ first day of school on Monday was one of the "best academic days” the team has ever had, Stoops said.

"Books picked up, everyone in class, doing the things they’re supposed to be doing,” Stoops said. "This group has been like that. So, I’m hopeful that’ll continue. Being an accountable, responsible group, that goes a long way with winning. I’m real pleased.”

An OU team manager drove a John Deer Gator into the mud around the Switzer Center construction and got it stuck after practice on Monday. After several attempts to free it, Sooner defensive end Auston English tried to come to the rescue.

Perhaps reliving his teenage years in the Texas Panhandle, English hopped behind the wheel of the Gator and rocked it back and forth. Alas, it remained stuck. Eventually, another Gator was summoned to pull the vehicle out, with the help of some pushing managers.