Stoops visiting ESPN
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops has accepted an invitation from ESPN to travel to Bristol, Conn., for a day of interviews Thursday.
Stoops, who flew to Bristol after practice Wednesday, is scheduled to do 14 interviews over a 4-hour period with a mix of television, radio and Internet appearances.
Here is the tentative schedule (all times a.m. CT):
7:25: Mike & Mike Show (ESPN Radio)
7:45: Doug Gottlieb Show (ESPN Radio)
8:05: ESPN Rise
8:20: The Herd (tape) (Colin Cowherd on ESPN Radio)
9:00: ESPN.com chat
9:25: 1250 ESPN Radio Pittsburgh
9:50: First Take
10:45: Digital Media
11:00: ESPN.com video interview with Ivan Maisel
11:30: College Football Live
Ronnell Lewis working linebacker, defensive end
The Sooners plan to feature hard-hitting sophomore Ronnell Lewis in a couple of ways.
When he isn't playing strongside linebacker, Lewis will get snaps on passing downs as a stand-up rushing defensive end, similar to what the New York Giants used to do with Lawrence Taylor.
"He's a guy that's really physical and explosive and athletic and that's what you need," said defensive ends coach Bobby Jack Wright. "There's a little learning curve there, plus he's kind of double-training at linebacker and defensive end. He's having to deal with learning all the calls and there's so much that goes on. He's showing some great signs, and I think it's going to be a great move for us with him, especially when you play all the different spread people we play. It gives you a speed rusher. He brings a lot to the table. He's not necessarily natural at it, but he's a really good pass rusher."
Defensive coordinator Brent Venables is not ready to name a starter at middle linebacker, and says it remains a three-way competition between junior Austin Box, freshman Tom Wort and sophomore Daniel Franklin. ... Sophomore Javon Harris is currently backing up Jonathan Nelson at safety. ... After a stint at cornerback during the spring, sophomore Marcus Trice is back at safety. Trice is vying for time at nickelback along with Tony Jefferson and Joe Ibiloye. If the season started today, Jefferson would be the starter at nickel. ... Freshman Aaron Colvin continues to impress at corner. Said defensive backs coach Willie Martinez: "He's playing with a lot of confidence. He has a lot of ball skills, instincts." Still, sophomore Gabe Lynn appears to have the inside track to be OU's top corner off the sideline behind starters Jamell Fleming and Demontre Hurst.
Venables on Adrian Taylor: "We're just bringing him along slowly for obvious reasons. We're just giving him what he can handle and not try to overwhelm him, or subject him to any setbacks."
By Jake Trotter