Stoops: Stevens doing well
Despite missing an extra point on Saturday, OU coach Bob Stoops
said redshirt freshman kicker Jimmy Stevens
had a good game and that the miss wasn't entirely his fault.
"The one that he missed, his plant foot was just a little bit off, and he just didn't get around on it and left it out there. The other ones were perfect,” Stoops said. "The first one was kind of a blooper, but that was because Carter (Whitson)
messed with the ball, and his hand got in the way. I said before that it's not always the kicker's fault when you miss one. Sometimes the holder misses a spot, or spinning the ball, he doesn't quite get it where it needs to be.”
Stevens made his other seven extra-point tries but never had a field-goal attempt.
"I thought Jimmy did an excellent job,” Stoops said. "I've seen a lot of consistency with Jimmy through practices. I'm optimistic he's going to be really solid for us.”
•Perfection not always perfect:
OU had a second special teams error against Chattanooga when deep snapper James Winchester
's first snap sailed over punter Mike Knall
's head for a safety, the Mocs' only points of the game.
"James, I think, was just a little excited on his first one and the rest were perfect,” Stoops said. "I asked him when he came off the field what happened, and he said, ‘I don't know, coach, it felt perfect.' I said, ‘It sure wasn't.'
"You want to be excited, but you have to control it and just execute. The guy's been fabulous for three weeks and was great the rest of the day, so I'm hopeful it was just a one-time deal.”
Stoops indicated Tuesday that last season's starting deep snapper, Derek Shaw
, is close to returning from an Achilles injury.
"He's better and better,” Stoops said. "He's running faster and stronger now, and the whole thing is he's got to be able to cover to some degree.