Franks does it againIf OU kept interceptions in spring games as an official statistic, cornerback Dominique Franks might be the career leader. Saturday, Franks picked off two passes, one of which he returned 42 yards for a touchdown. "Dom’s really come along great,” coach Bob Stoops said. "He’s a guy that has a great feel and a knack in the secondary and I thought he played really well.” In last year’s spring game, Franks had three interceptions and returned one 57 yards for a score. "Obviously, we feel great about Dom and (cornerback Brian Jackson),” said defensive coordinator Brent Venables. "They have played winning football. Especially Dom. "He was special out there."
DESMOND JACKSON SURPRISESSafety Desmond Jackson entered the spring in Stoops’ doghouse after being suspended and left home for the BCS National Championship for an undisclosed violation of team rules. Then, Jackson was forced to play out of position all spring at cornerback, due to a lack of depth at that spot. But he shined in the Red-White game with three pass breakups. Stoops praised his performance. "I thought one of the best surprises out there or the guy I had fun watching was Desmond Jackson,” Stoops said. "He played as well as anybody, and that was exciting to see.”
INJURY REPORTThe Sooners were without several key players but came out of the game with only one injury. Tight end Trent Ratterree, who caught four passes early, separated his shoulder. But Stoops said he didn’t think the injury was too serious and expects Ratterree to be back before fall camp. Among other players who didn’t step on the field because of injury: offensive guard Stephen Good (shoulder), offensive tackle Jarvis Jones (leg), free safety Quinton Carter (hamstring), defensive end Auston English (ankle/knee), tight end Brody Eldridge (ankle), outside linebacker Keenan Clayton (ankle), cornerback Jonathan Nelson (shoulder), running back DeMarco Murray (hamstring), defensive tackle DeMarcus Granger (back), linebacker Brandon Crow (knee) and linebacker Ryan Reynolds (knee). Tight end Jermaine Gresham, running back Chris Brown and fullback Matt Clapp also didn’t play, but only for precautionary measures, not because they were hurt.
GAME BRINGS IN BLUE-CHIPPERSThe game brought all six of OU’s 2010 commitments to Norman as well as at least 30 other recruits who are considering the Sooners. 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.
TROPHY PRESENTATIONOU 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."
THOMPSON SHINES IN FLAG GAMEBefore 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.
BIRDIE BINGEStoops 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."
TWO-MINUTE DRILLDefensive 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. BY JOHN HELSLEY, BERRY TRAMEL AND JAKE TROTTER