Oklahoma earned its 22nd verbal commitment Monday night from fullback/tight end Trey Millard, both SoonerScoop.com and OUInsider.com reported. Millard, a four-star product out of Columbia, Mo., spurned his hometown Missouri Tigers for OU. Millard also had offers from Iowa, Tennessee, South Carolina and Syracuse, among others. Millard is ranked the No. 13 tight end nationally and the sixth-best overall player in Missouri by RivalsComments
Habern says he’s 100 percentBen Habern said he’s 100 percent healthy after suffering a back injury during summer workouts. The injury had caused a shuffle at the starting center position, and Trent Williams, Brody Eldridge and Brian Lepak had seen time in his absence. "Ben’s been going now for a couple days,” said offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson. "I think early on, doctors were just being cautious. I never saw a grimace, or having any other issues, but I think they were trying to make sure it was full tilt. He needs to build on these couple days and continue it into this week, game week.”
PREPPING FOR BYUCoach Bob Stoops says the Sooners began implementing specific preparations for BYU on Monday. "We’re still doing a little of everything,” Stoops said. "We’re still competing against each other hard to keep the tempo and pace, being physical with each other.”
STOOPS HAPPY WITH KICKERSMatt Moreland and Tress Way are locked in a tight race through camp to earn kickoff duties. "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.
OFF TO SCHOOLThe 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.”
GATOR TROUBLEAn 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.
Millard commits to OU