OU notebook: Sooners' run defense must play well

BY MIKE BALDWIN AND TRAVIS HANEY, Staff Writers, mbaldwin@opubco.com; thaney@opubco.com Published: September 22, 2011

BROYLES LEARNS FROM BILETNIKOFF

Fred Biletnikoff, the legend who the college wide receiver award is named after, played at Florida State. He wasn't at Saturday's game, but co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell knows Biletnikoff and introduced him to All-American receiver Ryan Broyles during last year's award show.

“It was funny because it was like old school meets new school,” Norvell said. “When they were talking Ryan, had his cellphone out, taking notes on his cellphone. He's texting all this stuff in. It was funny because Ryan had a checklist of questions.

“He wanted to ask about bump coverage. The Raiders invented bump-and-run coverage, so Biletnikoff had to work against it every day, the mentality how you play against it, how you attack it, use your hands. Those were some of the things Ryan asked Fred. It was pretty neat to watch them talk.”

BROYLES LEAVES REID WITH PARTING SHOT

Asked about Kenny Stills beating Florida State cornerback Greg Reid for the game-winning touchdown, Broyles just smiled and shook his head. If you take away one thing from the past two OU-FSU games, it's that the Sooners don't think much of Reid.

“The media loves the guy,” Broyles said. “We've seen the film on Greg Reid. If you watch the film, you can get a feel for him.”

HAYWOOD IS A ‘BIG HITTER'

Even though he spoiled the moment with a taunting penalty, tight end Austin Haywood's teeth-rattling tackle on kickoff coverage stood out.

“Austin is a big hitter,” said nickelback Tony Jefferson. “I go against him and have a migraine after practice. I knew it was because of Austin because he leads with his head. I was like, ‘Man, I need him to wear some extra padding in his helmet.'”


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