OU football notes: Air Force can limit positions; Frank Alexander making progress

By Mike Baldwin, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Modified: September 16, 2010 at 9:45 am •  Published: September 15, 2010

OU's offense back to multiple

Because they like to play up-tempo, the Sooners sometimes are labeled a spread offense. That's inaccurate. They'll line up four wide receivers but also use a fullback and tight ends. OU has added the pistol set to the shotgun formation.

"We're far from a spread offense when you watch us play," said coach Bob Stoops. "When we've had healthy tight ends, unlike a year ago, we're in two tights, three tight (ends) and fullback sets all the time and are under center almost as much as we're not."

Bell simulates option

John Nimmo takes a lot scout team snaps. But this week, true freshman quarterback Blake Bell was assigned the task of simulating Air Force quarterback Tim Jefferson.

"Blake is in all of our meetings, so he's doing all the things our quarterbacks are doing," said OU quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel. "It's just during practice for the most part he's over there (with the scout team). Not all the time but for the most part he's been over there this week. And time over there is very beneficial."

Sooners to visit rec center

Cornerback Jamell Fleming and some OU teammates will appear tonight at the Oklahoma City Police Department's Family Awareness and Community Teamwork recreation center, 1220 NE 33. Their goal is to motivate kids to stay out of gangs, remain in school and work hard to achieve goals.

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