OU football notebook

Published: August 12, 2008

Said Venables, "Moving Lendy puts stress on our other guys at safety. They need to play well.”

•Ibiloye impressing: When asked which players caught his eye during last Saturday's scrimmage, Venables mentioned true freshman safety Joseph Ibiloye.

"Ibiloye is doing some good things,” Venables said. "For a young guy, he's instinctive, aware, smart and a good tackler for a leaner guy. He's rangy.”

Just two days before, secondary coach Bobby Jack Wright was also praising Ibiloye.

"He impresses me every day,” Wright said. "He does things as a true freshman that you just don't expect. He's really smart, he catches on really quick and he's made some really good plays out there.

"I think he's a guy that could really easily play this year.”

•OU has top-three tradition: Collegiate Licensing Co. and Learfield Sports recently conducted a survey to determine who had the most valuable brand, using criteria like merchandising, tradition, buzz factor, television and budgets.

OU was revealed to have the third-best tradition behind Notre Dame and Michigan.

Norte Dame finished on top of the overall brand survey.

•Rainy days: Heavy rain forced Monday morning's practice inside the Everest Indoor Training Center for the second time this preseason. Monday was the first of two-a-day practices for the Sooners.

By Jake Trotter and John Helsley

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