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.
The FACT program, focused on gang prevention, has four police officers who work in plain clothes in order to build a rapport with kids. In the last six months, the FACT program has held 68 educational events with almost 500 youth attending.
Kevin Wilson said left tackle Donald Stephenson has played OK but must improve his practice pace. Wilson said he's pleased with the play of Jarvis Jones, OU's top reserve offensive tackle. ... Running back Roy Finch (fractured ankle) and linebacker Austin Box (back) aren't expected to play the next two weeks, but Stoops said both are progressing well in rehab. ... Air Force is second in the nation for number of true freshman played (13). Oklahoma is third (12). ... Air Force senior defensive end Rick Ricketts, who leads the Falcons in tackles, has two sisters that played softball at OU. Samantha was an All-American. Sophomore Keilani is a sophomore pitcher on this year's team. ... Danzel Williams, a running back from Arlington Martin, returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown to help the Warriors win a shootout. Williams also had 175 yards rushing yards.