“I can tell the difference,” he said. “When I get into contact, I don’t notice it as much.”
OU freshman tailback Brandon Williams caught coach Bob Stoops' eye Thursday in practice.
“Brandon Williams had a huge day,” Stoops said. “Hard-playing guy. He's got a ton of energy. He's been very impressive.”
NOBLE BACK AND FEELING GOOD
Sophomore defensive tackle Daniel Noble is feeling back to normal after returning from a concussion that ended the second half of his freshman season.
Noble was beginning to surge following a banner performance in a win over Texas. But the following week, he was chasing Iowa State’s quarterback when an offensive lineman wheeled around and popped him in the head. Noble was diagnosed with a concussion. Noble thought he’d be back soon. But the concussion kept lingering.
“There were some bad days,” he said. “Headaches and fatigue. Just a bad place for me.”
Noble said the most frustrating part of the injury was the lack of a timetable.
“With a knee injury, the trainers tell you in six months you'll be here, in eight months you'll be here. With concussions you don't really know,” said Noble, who eventually saw an Oklahoma City neurologist. “I was talking to the trainers to see where I was going, and they couldn't really give me a definite timeline. They were just kind of, ‘You'll get better when you're better.’”
Noble ultimately got better. He’s had a great winter, according to coach Bob Stoops. Now, he’s trying to work his way back into the rotation at defensive tackle, where the Sooners could have used him last season.
“Through all the winter, I've been feeling great,” Noble said. “I had great workouts. I got back to feeling like I should feel, back ready to play football. It's been a relief, definitely.”