While Oklahoma co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel was coy when asked about the return of wide receiver Sterling Shepard, Jalen Saunders seemed a bit more confident that Shepard would be back Saturday against Kansas State after leaving the Baylor game early with a concussion and then missing the win over Iowa State.
“We just feel like our offense is back now to our normal position,” Saunders said. “It kind of threw us out of place, but not too much out of place last week of course. Sterling has a tremendous drive and plays a big role in our offense.”
Heupel said Shepard's return would help “if that happens.”
“Unfortunately we saw some of missing him in the Baylor game, what we had to do, shuffling receivers around, guys not playing in their primary positions,” Heupel said. “We didn't execute as well as we needed to. Having him back, he plays extremely physical and competitive. He's reliable. Quarterbacks have a trust factor with him.”
HEUPEL TIGHT-LIPPED ON BELL, KNIGHT
A day after Sooners coach Bob Stoops said it wouldn't be beneficial to name his starting quarterback before Saturday, Heupel wasn't going to give anything up.
“Yeah, right,” Heupel said when asked who would start Saturday. “I defer to him.”
Heupel said the same thing when asked if Blake Bell, who left Saturday's win over Iowa State with an apparent concussion, practiced Tuesday.
Heupel said Trevor Knight, who came on in relief, was much better than he was to start the season.
“The first couple ballgames we were not efficient throwing the ball with him at the helm,” Heupel said. “A lot of that was him, but it wasn't all him. He came in, played pretty well the other day, took care of the football.”
STRIKER READY FOR K-STATE QBS
Sooners linebacker Eric Striker isn't much into breaking down the intricacies of the differences between Kansas State quarterbacks Daniel Waters and Daniel Sams.
Waters has thrown for 1,690 yards and 10 touchdowns, while Sams has rushed for 784 yards and 11 scores.
“It doesn't matter to me,” Striker said. “I don't care.
“Either way, I'm going to try to take his head off, whoever it is.”