The first hour of Thursday’s practice was open to the public, and a few hundred fans lined the hill behind the OU Rugby Fields to get a glimpse of the Sooners, who were practicing in shorts and shells.
Not dressed for practice was redshirt freshman defensive end David King
, whose absence might complicate a muddled battle for the position.
Freshman center Ben Habern
has been hampered by a lower back injury but participated in contact drills. Partial participants who were held out of contact drills included junior running back DeMarco Murray
, who has an injured hamstring, and Brian Lepak
, who is recovering from a high ankle sprain.
JIMMY STEVENS DELIVERS COUPLE OF CROWD PLEASERS
Sophomore kicker Jimmy Stevens
earned two of the three loudest cheers of the day, drilling 50- and 53-yard field goals during special teams practice.
Stevens was named to the Lou Groza Award watch list. The honor is given to college football’s best kicker.
Stevens, a Heritage Hall product, made eight of 11 field goals in 2008, but missed five extra points.