OU notebook: Short-yardage situations a focus in practices

BY DAVID UBBEN, Staff Writer, dubben@opubco.com Modified: September 15, 2009 at 8:34 am •  Published: September 15, 2009
For the second consecutive week, short-yardage and goal-line situations will be emphasized in practice, thanks to a pair of in-game breakdowns at the goal line. The Sooners’ failure to convert against Brigham Young came early in the fourth quarter with a chance to take a commanding 17-7 lead. They settled for a field goal then, but went for it on fourth down against Idaho State, failing again after having a first-and-goal on the 2-yard line.

"Our pad level was too high, and we stopped our feet,” said offensive line coach James Patton. "We’ll get a lot of work on that this week.”

Although the failure against Idaho State was less costly, Patton said it coming after emphasizing that area was frustrating.

"It wasn’t very positive,” Patton said of the speech he gave the line after getting stuffed. "It’s poor execution, it’s a poor mindset of what we need to do to get that ball across the goal line.”

Brody Eldridge moved back to tight end against Idaho State, and despite playing with a broken pinkie, his play hasn’t suffered, even with the position change.

"He’s a strong character out there, and makes a difference wherever he’s playing,” coach Bob Stoops said.

Goal to go

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