NORMAN — Only one week into fall camp, several storylines have already surfaced for the Oklahoma Sooners.
The emergence of wide receiver Cameron Kenney
Coming into the fall, one of the biggest questions was replacing starters Juaquin Iglesias and Manny Johnson at wide receiver. Thanks in part to the showing so far of Kenney, receiver seems to be less of a concern.
During OU’s open practice last Thursday, the junior-college transfer lined up with the first-team unit at receiver along with Ryan Broyles and Adron Tennell. And on the second play, Kenney got open on a curl pattern, caught the ball and turned upfield. By all accounts, Kenney has been making play after play like that in practice after practice.
"That’s been a really exciting part of camp, because we needed to step up (at receiver) and Cameron is,” coach Bob Stoops said. "He’s shown competitiveness, he’s got excellent burst and speed to separate and he’s making more plays. He also looks like he’s becoming more and more comfortable.”
→The improvement of kicker Jimmy Stevens
Sure, it was merely an open practice with only a few hundred fans watching. But Stevens’ performance last Thursday was noteworthy.
The sophomore was perfect on several field-goal tries, then capped the evening with a 53-yard rocket that split the uprights to draw applause from the crowd.
Stevens also outshined his competition, redshirt freshman Tress Way and walk-on Bryce Easley, especially on the longer kicks.
Said Stoops, "He’s been a lot more consistent this camp than a year ago.”
Stevens will have to carry over that cool confidence into games. But performing that well with at least some pressure on his shoulders was encouraging.
→The loss of middle linebacker Mike Balogun
Last week, Stoops revealed the NCAA is investigating whether Balogun, prior to transferring to OU last summer, played semi-pro football after his 21st birthday.