OU notebook: Center Ben Habern returns to practice

BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Published: October 31, 2011

“They're a great offense,” said OU linebacker Tom Wort. “No one has been able to shut them down. In their losses, it hasn't been because their offense hasn't been scoring. It's going to be a big challenge. We're looking forward to it. That's why you play these games.”

BACK TO RB BY COMMITTEE

Stoops said during two-a-days the Sooners would be running back by committee. That game plan was altered when Dominique Whaley proved he could be productive with 20-plus carries.

Now that Whaley has suffered a season-ending ankle injury, OU will alternate Roy Finch, Brennan Clay and Brandon Williams. Clay has been hampered by a shoulder injury the past month.

“Brennan Clay is more healthy now, and that's helpful,” Stoops said. “We'll get Brandon Williams more opportunities and carries, as well. All of those guys are probably best if each of them plays about 25 snaps. That's their body types. They'll all be better if you split it up that way.”

TIME TO SAY GOODBYE

Players don't follow the constant conference shuffling, but Big 12 players are well aware Texas A&M is leaving for the SEC. Wins over the Aggies are always special, this season even more so according to Ikard.

“It's bittersweet,” Ikard said. “They're a great team. They're a couple of plays away from being undefeated. Obviously, they played us really tough last year. You wish them the best of luck in the SEC...”

SWITZER STATUE TO BE UNVEILED

A statue of former OU coach Barry Switzer will be unveiled Saturday at 12:30 p.m., east of the Barry Switzer Center near the Bennie Owen and Bud Wilkinson statues.

Switzer led the Sooners to three national titles, 12 Big Eight titles and has won more games than any OU football coach (157-29-4, including a 100-11-1 record in conference games).

The sculptor was Jack Nortz, who has done projects that include: President Ronald Reagan, Bear Bryant, sportscasters Jim McKay and Grantland Rice and OU Heisman winner Sam Bradford.


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