Russell Westbrook gave Scott Brooks the most ringing endorsement you might ever hear a player give a coach. He called him a friend. Westbrook was only one of three significant votes of confidence Brooks received.
Saturday in the Orange-White Game, the junior-to-be stamped himself as more than a glorified blocker, hauling in a 10-yard touchdown pass from Mason Rudolph. Even Veatch didn’t see that coming late last fall.
The Energy fell behind early after a Seattle goal from Darwin Jones in the 32nd minute. Oklahoma City didn’t need much recovery time, however, and powered its way back into the match before some late-game heroics led Energy FC to a 2-1 victory before a sellout crowd of 6,752.