Football: Sooners making final adjustments before annual Red-White spring game
Amy Frost, The Oklahoma Daily
OU spring football is coming to an end and OU had its first spring scrimmage Saturday at Owen Field.
“It was good,” head coach Bob Stoops said. “We had 100 and two or three plays, no one was hurt and guys did a nice job.”
The Sooners’ offensive line, which Stoops referred to as “the weak link of the team” earlier this spring is making some mistakes but is decent in general. The line lost four of the five starters from last season.
“We can be quicker and better with it and thats why we have to keep snapping the ball,” Stoops said. “Getting snaps and getting guys used to us.”
The back seven, on the other hand, is returning starters from last season.
Despite the unit’s great amount of talent and depth, junior linebacker Keenan Clayton said he would like to see the linebackers step up in the spring game Saturday.
“I’m just gonna call it like it is, we’ve been messing up,” Clayton said. “We haven’t been getting the job done like we need to or like we should with the experience we have coming back.”
This spring has been a little different than the last for kicker Jimmy Stevens.
“This year I’m actually competing for a job,” Stevens said. “Last year I kind of fell in the spot so this year I’m having to work harder for the position.”
Clayton is out with a sprained ankle but hopes to play in the game on Saturday.
“This is the time of year when you can get better mentally and physically and it’s not often,” Clatyon said. “This is my last go around, this is my last spring ball. I’ve been sitting on the sideline watching for most of it, and I’m not the kind of guy that wants to sit out. I’d rather be out there participating having fun but as far as Saturday goes its still up in the air.”
The annual spring game will be at 1:15 Saturday afternoon at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.