NORMAN — Move over, Landry Jones. You're no longer the only engaged offensive star for Oklahoma.
All-America receiver Ryan Broyles proposed Sunday to longtime girlfriend MaryBeth Offenburger. Broyles, a senior, was quite proud in retelling his engagement story.
Jones offered just one piece of advice: Don't take her to dinner first. Too nerve-wrecking, he advised.
Broyles heeded the counsel, instead picking up Offenburger with the understanding that they were going to get professional pictures taken for the first time in their six-year relationship. A friend from the couple's church took the photos and then acted as if he were done and turned to go.
That's when Broyles hit a knee.
The friend spun back around and got pictures of Offenburger saying yes and slipping on the ring. Broyles proposed where he and Offenburger first made eye contact, between the science and main buildings at Norman High.
“It was something I'll never forget,” Broyles said.
FRESHMAN LINEBACKER ARRESTED
OU freshman linebacker Londell Taylor was arrested this past weekend and charged with driving under the influence, according to records from Norman police.
Taylor, 23, fled an accident scene near campus soon after OU's victory against Missouri. When he was later pulled over, he admitted to officers he had been drinking. Taylor was released after posting bail, $1,000. He has a hearing set for Oct. 11.
The Vian native signed with the Sooners in 2007, but then played in the Detroit Tigers' Minor League system for four years before enrolling at OU.
Coach Bob Stoops does not comment on player arrests.
KICK COVERAGE HAS IMPROVED
Kickoff coverage was an area of concern coming into the season and, through three games, it's been improved. Anything under 20 yards a kick return is good, and Tulsa, Florida State and Missouri have combined for 19.89 yards a return.
Stoops said tight end Austin Haywood, fullback Trey Millard and defensive end Ronnell Lewis have been the Sooners' best in coverage.
“They've been excellent,” Stoops said, referring to the unit as a whole.
A part of that, too, is kickoff specialist Patrick O'Hara, who has three touchbacks so far.
“He's hitting it pretty well,” Stoops said.
CARDS EXCEL IN RED ZONE
Ball State has been very efficient once it nears the end zone. The Cardinals from Muncie, Ind., are 17 for 17 in the red zone – tied for first among FBS schools – including 13 touchdowns in those trips.
“They're really executing well in all parts of the game,” Stoops said, “but that obviously sticks out.”
Stoops said some members of the coaching staff have been in touch this week with Kevin Wilson, the former OU offensive coordinator and current Indiana head coach. Ball State defeated his Hoosiers 27-20 in the teams' opener.
‘SKINS LINE LOADED WITH SOONERS
Stoops said he happened to notice Monday night that the Washington Redskins had three former Sooners starting on their offensive line: Trent Williams, Jammal Brown and Chris Chester.
“Those are three great guys. I'm very proud of them. To have three of the five out there playing, that's pretty neat.”
Stoops then initially suppressed himself from making a comment about how it would help recruiting. Then he said it anyway, with a subtle dig toward at the Longhorn Network showing high school highlights.
“So, throw that on the TV,” he said, “whatever network you want.”