When two-a-days began, coaches moved nickel back Tony Jefferson to free safety and weakside linebacker Corey Nelson to nickel back but ended the experiment when linebacker Travis Lewis suffered a broken toe.
"I was kind of getting used to playing free safety," Jefferson said. "We have to do what we have to do. It's tough Travis is out, but we have to move forward."
When Lewis returns, Jefferson wouldn't mind if coaches revisited the experiment.
"To tell you the truth, I really liked free safety, being far back, being able to read the quarterback," Jefferson said. "In the running game the offensive line doesn't really have it in their arsenal to block the free safety.
"At free (safety) you're wide open and can get a good lick on a running back. That's the type of guy I am. I like big hits."
ANOTHER NO. 1 RANKING
Andy Staples of SI.com has ranked Oklahoma No. 1 in his preseason rankings with the following comment:
"No one would confuse Bob Stoops with John Lennon, but the greatest band of all time should be No. 1. Besides, Sooners quarterback Landry Jones would look great with a bowl cut.
"Week 3 at Florida State will be Oklahoma's Ed Sullivan Show. Knock out that performance, and the Sooners will get All the Poll Lovin' for as long as they keep winning.
"Still, there could be trouble on the horizon. Linebacker Travis Lewis will be sidelined for up to eight weeks after breaking a bone in his left foot this week. Has anyone spotted Yoko in Norman?"
CALLING PLAYS NOT A CONCERN
Lewis, sidelined up to eight weeks, was one of the Sooners' vocal leaders. Last year, Lewis and middle linebacker Austin Box, who died in May, called out defensive signals.
"I run the show now," said middle linebacker Tom Wort. "I've got to make all the calls, all the checks, know the situations and communicate everything."
Stoops said as many as eight players can call out signals.
“We don't even call much," Stoops said. “All we tell is the front four. Everybody else gets it on their own (from the sidelines). That's not an issue.”
CLOSED CAPTIONING AT HOME GAMES
Closed captioning will appear for all public address announcements across the bottom of the Owen Field south end video board.
Caption Solutions of Lawrence, Kan., the company that provides closed captioning for television shows that feature OU's coaches and other larger venues, including Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., has been contracted for the service.
Closed captioning has been used during OU commencement exercises.
Stoops said two freshmen — linebacker Franklin Shannon and cornerback Bennett Okotcha — played well the first week in camp. ... After a recent film session, players wanted to relax. Defensive coordinator Brent Venables suggested linebackers watch YouTube video clips of the Ultimate Warrior, an early '90s pro wrestling phenomenon. "None of us had ever heard of him," Wort said. "But his attitude and demeanor, he was just so amped."