Published: April 12, 2008
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After struggling in its first scrimmage, Oklahoma's offense sustained flashes of success in the Sooners' most recent scrimmage.

"Quarterback Sam Bradford thrived in the first unveiling of the Sooners' new no-huddle offensive scheme, passing for 158 yards and a 3-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jermaine Gresham. Backup Joey Halzle passed for 177 yards as the Sooners' offense scored twice in the scrimmage. Oklahoma's offense was shut out at the first scrimmage.” — Tim Griffin, ESPN.com


"The postseason foibles notwithstanding (he is 0-fer in his last four BCS games), Stoops remains one of the nation's best. Witness his 97-22 mark and five Big 12 crowns in nine seasons in Norman. Stoops' problem: Spoiling the Sooner fan base by leading the program to the national title in his second year on the job.” — Tom Dienhart, The Sporting News

"The Sooners were looking like a no-brainer preseason No. 1 choice until: A) West Virginia beat the living daylights out of them; and B) Oklahoma's three most important players (outside of QB Sam Bradford) - receiver Malcolm Kelly, middle linebacker Curtis Lofton and defensive back Reggie Smith - all bolted for the NFL. The loss of Lofton, last season's Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, was particularly damaging.

"Returning starter Ryan Reynolds is expected to slide over to Lofton's vacated spot, which means some unproven youngster - redshirt freshman Travis Lewis? - will need to establish himself at outside linebacker.



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