It's only spring, but already Florida State has Oklahoma on the mind. The Seminoles, routed by OU last season, haven't forgotten and have their Sept. 17 home date with the Sooners circled.
“I believe we really didn't know what we were getting ourselves into, but this year, they have to come to the big brick place, they gotta come to Tallahassee,” Florida State cornerback Greg Reid told ESPN's Bruce Feldman. “Everybody's excited. This place will be jam-packed. We got something on our shoulders where we have to prove a point, especially if they're preseason No. 1. From a defensive standpoint, we just have to stay focused, have fun and communicate. Not let the quick hurry-up offense get to us.”
Reid, burned multiple times by the Sooner wideouts last season, says he's especially motivated for what should be a bout between Top 10 teams.
“I'm not even gonna lie,” he said. “Every time I'm working out, I think about Oklahoma."
FINCH, RONNELL BACK, MILLER EXPECTED BACK, TOO
Running back Roy Finch, who re-aggravated a stress fracture in December and missed the Fiesta Bowl, is expected to be a participant in spring practices, coach Bob Stoops said Monday.
Despite missing six games, Finch was second on the team with 398 rushing yards and averaged 4.7 yards per carry.
Defensive end Ronnell Lewis (concussion, neck stinger) and wideout Dejuan Miller (torn meniscus) are also expected to take part in spring drills after getting injured last season.
“Ronnell is expected to go, though we want to be smart with how much we give him,” Stoops said of Lewis, who had to be carted off the field on a stretcher during the Fiesta Bowl and spent a couple of days in a Phoenix-area hospital. “But right now, he went through the whole second half of our winter with no problems and is feeling good. He has been cleared to go.”
Miller was injured six games into the season, just a couple of days before the Sooners traveled to Missouri. Coming back for spring ball could prove to be valuable for Miller, who will be competing for a starting role alongside Ryan Broyles and Kenny Stills.
“Dejuan is expected to be cleared this week if not (Monday),” Stoops said. “We're expecting him to be out there.”
Also, defensive tackle Daniel Noble, who missed several games due to lingering effects from a concussion, was back on the field Monday.
Running back Jermie Calhoun, still recovering from a torn ACL, “is not ready, but healing fine and doing well,” Stoops said.
Fullback Trey Millard and tight end Trent Ratterree will sit out the spring after undergoing surgical cleanups on their shoulders.
“It's just the nature of that repair they had that it takes about four months to get beyond it,” Stoops said.
KEVIN BRENT TO TRANSFER
Sophomore safety Kevin Brent has elected to transfer and is no longer with the team, Stoops said following OU's first spring practice Monday.
Brent, a former 4-star Rivals prospect out of Dallas South Oak Cliff, came to OU with much fanfare, signing with the Sooners over Texas, Notre Dame, USC and Miami.
But the summer going into his freshman year, Brent suffered a shoulder injury, forcing him to redshirt, and he never could pass defensive backfield classmates Demontre Hurst, Javon Harris and Gabe Lynn on the depth chart.
With Brent's departure, the Sooners are currently only two scholarships over the 85 allotted limit.
NOTRE DAME SUSPENDS FLOYD
Notre Dame suspended star wide receiver Michael Floyd indefinitely Monday, a day after he was cited for drunken driving and authorities said his blood-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.
Coach Brian Kelly said the suspension will not be lifted until Floyd changes his behavior and both the legal and university discipline procedures run their course.
It was Floyd's third run-in with the law over alcohol since 2009.
BAMA OPENS SPRING SEEKING TO FILL VOIDS
Alabama opened spring practice trying to replace three star underclassmen and quarterback Greg McElroy and dealing with off-the-field issues involving two safeties.
The Crimson Tide held its first practice Monday in the aftermath of a weekend arrest of All-American Mark Barron on a misdemeanor charge of hindering prosecution. Coach Nick Saban says Barron “used poor judgment” in trying to protect someone else.
Robby Green, who missed last season on NCAA suspension, is now suspended for violating team rules. Saban said any disciplinary action against both players will be handled internally.
Other issues include replacing Heisman winner Mark Ingram, Marcell Dareus and Julio Jones. Sophomore A.J. McCarron and redshirt freshman Phillip Sims are battling at quarterback.