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Published: August 19, 2008
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hen in Oklahoma in August is it 68 degrees? I don't know that's ever happened.”

The players didn't seem to mind.

"It felt like Pop Warner back in the day,” said senior safety Lendy Holmes. "You'd always play in the rain, snow and all that. It felt great to me.

"I'm glad it wasn't hot. Didn't bother me, not at all.”

•Not so fast: Defensive coordinator Brent Venables seemed to be calling out linebacker Mike Balogun after Saturday's scrimmage, but Monday said that wasn't his intent.

The junior college transfer did not join the Sooners until this summer, putting him in catch-up mode to learn the defense.

"It's probably come off from me, somewhat of a negative connotation of where he's at,” Venables said. "And it really isn't. I've been pleasantly surprised with where he is. But we understand what the standard is here.

"We've been really consistent at linebacker. But for obvious reasons, we're put in a position where we have to uphold that standard with somebody who's still trying to learn.

And it isn't just him.”

•Bradford on list: OU quarterback Sam Bradford has been named to the preseason watch list for the Walter Camp Award, one of several presented annually to the top player in college football.

Bradford had already been named to watch lists for the Maxwell (top player) and O'Brien (top quarterback) awards.

Four Sooners have won the Camp Award, with current quarterback coach Josh Heupel the most recent in 2000.

By John Helsley and Jake Trotter