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Oklahoman Published: April 12, 2009

/> OU commitments Bronson Irwin (offensive lineman, Mustang), Eddrick Loften (safety, Irving, Texas), Daniel Noble (defensive tackle, Flower Mound, Texas), Joe Powell (wide receiver, Dallas), Tyrus Thompson (offensive lineman, Pflugerville, Texas) and Blake Bell (quarterback, Wichita) were all spotted at the game.

Among other blue-chip recruits with scholarship offers who reportedly attended were Tulsa Central athlete DeMarco Cobbs, Las Vegas Bishop Gorman tight end Xavier Grimble and Plano (Texas) West defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat, the son of former Dallas Cowboys great Jim Jeffcoat, now an assistant under Houston’s Kevin Sumlin.

OU quarterback Sam Bradford was awarded the Heisman Trophy in December and was re-presented the Heisman during a halftime ceremony.

"It’s nice," Bradford said. "All these people who came out for our spring game, I doubt there’s many places in the country that bring this many out for a spring scrimmage. So to get that in front of them, they were a big part of that last year. It felt really good."

Before the spring game, OU held its inaugural Varsity O Legends Flag Football Classic, which featured past Sooner greats such as Brian Bosworth and Tony Casillas.

"It’s good to have something like this for the alumni guys,” Casillas said. "Hopefully, it will become a tradition and something we do every year.”

Charles Thompson, who quarterbacked the Sooners in the mid-1980s, led the White to a 12-6 victory over the Red with a pair of TD passes.

"Charles Thompson, the other Thompson, was the best out there,” said Paul Thompson, who started at quarterback for OU in 2006, but mostly played wide receiver Saturday.

The Flag Football Classic, however, left one former Sooner walking out of the stadium on crutches. Ex-running back Renaldo Works suffered a torn Achilles’ tendon.

But that probably won’t stop the Classic from becoming a regular event.

"Out here, it was fun. I think the crowd enjoyed it,” Bosworth said. "We were out there hustling. We had a good time, and I think we should do it again.”

Bosworth declined to comment about reportedly administering CPR to a fallen man in a parking lot Friday after speaking at Putnam City West High School. The status of the man he helped is still unknown.

Stoops praised quarterback Bradford’s playing ability and leadership skills, then added, "On top of that, he went out this week and shot 1-under, with six birdies. It’ll take me until July to get six birdies."

Defensive ends Jeremy Beal and Frank Alexander combined for five sacks; freshman defensive end David King added three tackles for loss. ... Outside linebacker J.R. Bryant had six tackles and a fumble recovery he returned 28 yards for a TD. ... Wide receiver Ryan Broyles led the Sooners in receiving with four catches for 59 yards. ... Jimmy Stevens and Tress Way combined to go 5-of-5 on extra points.


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