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Published: August 27, 2008
Stoops seeking Sooner personality
At his first media luncheon of the season Tuesday, Bob Stoops reflected back on some anxious moments wondering how freshman quarterback Sam Bradford would react in his debut as Sooners starter.

With OU's opener against Tennessee-Chattanooga just days away, Stoops admitted no such anxieties, only curiosities.

"As much as anything, always the first game, you want to see the personality of your team,” Stoops said. "You see it through the year to some degree. And I like what I've seen.

"But until you're in competition, until they're out on the field by themselves and in the moment and having to deal with 3 1/2, 4 hours of football, how do you come out at halftime, what's your attitude throughout the whole game, what kind of toughness you play with... until you see that happening, you don't know.

"You want to see it on the field.”

•On the pine: Across the country, news of suspensions is a hot topic.

At OU, the news will have to wait.

Stoops suggested that the Sooners could be without some players Saturday. Just who, he was not saying.

"I'm not much for announcing suspensions,” Stoops said, "because then they get their pictures in the paper and everyone talks about it.

"Like everybody, there will be some guys for various reasons, from academics to other issues that we may hold. We'll see when we get to the game.”

•Kickin' the dog: So much for the rigors of August.

OU senior center Jon Cooper said the Sooners are surging into the season.

"Best camp we've had since I've been here,” Cooper said.

"Every day, coming to camp, even when it got into the dog days – when it's, ‘Man, when's this going to end?' – everybody had a smile on their face, and we had a really great attitude finishing it up.”

•Veto power: The Sooners announced their captains Monday, with a group of five players representing the senior, junior and sophomore classes.

The result was a vote of the players, with coaches only tallying the numbers.

Stoops said he was pleased with the outcome.

And if he wasn't?

"I would say this, if there was a case where I didn't feel a guy was what we want as a captain,” Stoops said, "I'd pull a little dictatorship and say, ‘Nah, that guy's not going to be a captain.'

"I don't know that I've ever had to do that.

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OU coach Bob Stoops held his first media luncheon of the season on Tuesday. By STEVE SISNEY, THE OKLAHOMAN


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