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Stoops downplays ranking during Big 12 teleconference

By Mike Baldwin Modified: September 29, 2008 at 12:18 pm •  Published: September 29, 2008
p /> “Sure, you feel even if they’re determined to take it away you still have to be able to do some things, block better and execute better to give ourselves a better opportunity,” Stoops said. “Sometimes it’s really close but we didn’t finish one or two blocks. You need to be better. We’ll definitely work to improve it.

“But along with that, as long as you can still play-action and throw the ball like we have if someone is determined to play it way, you have to be able to take advantage of your opportunities. We were able to do that. But we still want to run the ball better regardless of what they’re doing.”

The Sooners open conference play against Baylor, led by true freshman quarterback Robert Griffin, a track star who has played well in recent weeks. Griffin has played so well he’s the No. 10 ranked quarterback in the country in passing efficiency.

“He has great feet,” Stoops said. “He’s a track guy with great speed. Art (Briles) and his whole staff does a great job of utilizing his speed and moving him around. He’s a major threat. They’re all spread out and everything goes through him. He’s done an excellent job. He’s a very talented and fast player.”