OU notebook: Sooners defense not ready to lose 'sharks' label

By Travis Haney, Staff writer, thaney@opubco.com Published: December 27, 2011

PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. — Oklahoma's defensive players, even with some of their issues in 2011, aren't ready to let go of this “sharks” thing just yet. In fact, at least one member of the self-named group is hopeful the name sticks for generations at OU.

“I feel within myself that we started it, so we're going to finish with it,” junior cornerback Demontre Hurst said. “We didn't have the season that we wanted. We didn't play up to what we thought we were. That's motivation for the spring and next fall. “We're always going to be sharks and scream sharks ‘til we're all out of here. Hopefully it keeps going through the program. We've got to keep that, man. We've got to ride with it. We've got to prove to ourselves that we really are sharks.”

The moniker became a punchline as Oklahoma State was routing the Sooners. The “Jaws” theme, which was sometimes played at Owen Field, was rolled out at Boone Pickens Stadium when OSU built its huge lead.

The Sooners heard. And they noticed when some of the Cowboys mocked the name.

“They kind of got after us on that one,” Hurst said. “They were dominating the game and taking care of their business. They were taunting us.

“But when you put your ego out there like that, you really have to back yourself up. We didn't live up to our expectations. We really have to motivate ourselves.”


Offensive tackle Lane Johnson had an interesting take Tuesday as to how bowl practices have been going.

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