This week, Oklahoma's football team begins summer workouts, facing the difficult challenge of coping without Austin Box in the locker room.
And, the difficult challenge of coping without him on the field.
Just figuring out when to broach the subject of what to do at middle linebacker next season is something that's not going to be easy.
“Sure,” coach Bob Stoops said, when asked if his staff was torn about the right time to begin talking about filling the void. “But we will. Austin wants us to. We will. It won't be an issue”
But for now, the Sooners are far more concerned with healing than with depth charts.
“We haven't thought about it because I'm with you, it's not time to,” Stoops said. “At the end of the day, we'll be fine and that's what Austin would want.
“When we have to be, we'll be fine.”
Nation's No. 1 recruit visits
Wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, the consensus No. 1 overall recruit in the country in the class of 2012, was in Norman over the weekend visiting during OU's annual football camp.
The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Green-Beckham is from Springfield, Mo., and already owns Missouri state records for career receiving yards (4,160) and touchdowns (51).
Green-Beckham has received numerous offers, but at the moment is believed to be favoring OU, Missouri and Alabama, where he visited in March.
Sun shines on Sooner recruiting
Florida hasn't exactly been a recruiting hotbed for OU in years past.
But the Sooners snagged a pair of oral commitments from the Sunshine State last week in Tallahassee tight end Laith Harlow and Seffner outside linebacker Eric Striker.
Harlow has a 4-star rating from Rivals and chose OU over Alabama, Miami, Notre Dame, South Carolina and UCLA.
Striker, who despite the proximity grew up a Sooner fan, had offers from Iowa, Tennessee and West Virginia.
Bradley gears up for baseball draft
Monday, Broken Arrow right-handed pitcher Archie Bradley likely will go early in the first round of the Amateur Baseball Draft, which will diminish the chances he makes it to OU.
ESPN projects that Bradley, who boasts a fastball that's topped 100 mph, will be taken seventh overall by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Baseball America has him going ninth to the Chicago Cubs.
Bradley signed with OU to play baseball but was planning to walk-on to the football team, too, as a quarterback. Bradley was invited to the prestigious Elite 11 quarterback camp last summer and had a stellar showing.
Because of his option to go to OU, Bradley has the luxury of a potentially high price tag. But any franchise that spends a precious first-round pick on Bradley will probably meet that price.
Metoyer still working to get qualified
Five-star wideout Trey Metoyer won't be one of the freshmen to report for summer camp this week. Metoyer is still working to qualify and won't be able to enroll until he raises his standardized test.
Metoyer, rated the No. 1 wideout in the nation by Scout.com, is one of the highest-rated players to commit to OU in the Bob Stoops era.