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OU Insider: Seven things we found out about Sooners

By Jake Trotter Modified: April 19, 2010 at 5:25 am •  Published: April 19, 2010

NORMAN — Tonight, Oklahoma will conduct its 15th and final practice, capping spring football drills.

Below are seven things the spring revealed:

This is Travis’ team
Jeremy Beal is the team’s best player, and Landry Jones is the team’s quarterback, but make no mistake, this is Travis Lewis’ team. Don’t be confused by Lewis’ crazy antics this past week leading up to the spring game, which were all in good fun. Look for the vocal junior linebacker to fill the role held by Gerald McCoy last season, as the team’s heart and soul.

→They said it: "Travis had a great spring. I saw him improve. A lot of older guys have the tendency to either not get better or regress, and he took it personally and attacked his weaknesses. Had a great attitude and was a great leader. That’s one position I can say is set, he’s our starting Will. He’s earned it, and he needs to continue to lead that way going into the offseason.” — defensive coordinator Brent Venables

Kenny Stills will play, maybe start
The true freshman wideout out of the San Diego area came through with an MVP performance for the White team Saturday, catching a game-high six passes for 84 yards and a highlight-reel touchdown in which he pulled the ball away from Lamar Harris. With great hands and stellar body control, Stills appears to be a budding star, and it’s not out of the question he’ll be in the starting lineup when OU opens Sept. 4 against Utah State.

→They said it: "He went up and made some plays. We threw some deep balls at him, and I remember one being short, but he went up and made the play. I was really excited to see him do that. He’s a guy that can stretch the field for you and go up and make some huge plays.” — quarterback Landry Jones

Macon’s persistence has paid off
Four-year benchwarmer Pryce Macon has made rapid improvement over the last six months, earning a spot in OU’s loaded rotation at defensive end. In the spring game, Macon showed off that improvement, notching two sacks and a tackle for loss.

→They said it: "Listen, he has made as much improvement as any single player has made in such a short amount of time I have ever seen. He’ll play, and play a lot of quality minutes. I’m really happy for him.” — Venables

The ’09 recruiting class is going to be special; the ’10 is class is on the same track
The 2009 class appears to have it all. Size. Speed. Strength. From linemen Jamarkus McFarland and Tyler Evans to defensive backs Demontre Hurst and Marcus Trice to linebackers Tom Wort and Ronnell Lewis, the class brims over with talent and potential. But if the spring game is any indication, the Class of 2010 has a chance to be just as good, if not better. In addition to Stills’ dazzling debut, fellow true freshman Tony Jefferson earned a starting spot at nickelback for the Red and played well.