NORMAN — When asked about a solution to his club’s special teams struggles, Bob Stoops stared and shook his head.
"There’s no magic words,” the Oklahoma coach said Tuesday. "You can’t work it anymore than we have.”
Thanks to a dominant offense and improving defense, the Sooners hold Big 12 title and national championship aspirations
But special teams could be what derails those aspirations.
Collectively, OU has arguably the worst special teams unit in the Big 12.
The Sooners rank seventh in the league in punt returns, eighth in punting, 10th in kickoff coverage, 10th in extra-point percentage, 11th in field goal percentage and tied for last in field goals made.
"Obviously we haven’t been very good,” said Stoops, known for perennially putting out solid, if not spectacular, special teams units.
Stoops said during this bye week he will put extra emphasis on special teams in practice as OU prepares for back-to-back games against No. 2 Texas Tech and No. 13 Oklahoma State, who boast two of the Big 12’s best special teams units.
"We’ll continue to work on it,” he said. We’ll keep pressing it.”