Sums it up: Oklahoma linebacker Eric Striker is from Seffner, Fla. He did not grow with the hysteria surrounding the Red River Rivalry.
However, the sophomore produced one of the best descriptions of the game.
“I just think of a bunch of guys out there, running around trying to kill each other,” Striker said. “Having fun, looks like fun, great time. Then, you know, tradition.”
No difference to Stoops: Texas will enter Saturday’s Red River Rivalry game without starting quarterback David Ash. He will miss the game due to a concussion.
That means junior Case McCoy will get the start. OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops doesn’t believe Texas’ offensive ability changes much because of the quarterback.
“I think (McCoy does) everything they ask him to do and he does it well. He’s a very complete player. He throws the ball exceptionally well. He’s very smart,” he said. “It seems like they do a lot of checking at the line of scrimmage whether he’s calling it or someone else is calling it. We have to try to keep him off-balanced with what we are trying to do and give him different looks. Those are all different elements, and be critical again on Saturday as we try to create some confusion with him.”
Not his problem: The massive cloud hanging over Saturday’s Oklahoma-Texas game is what’s going on at Texas. Just in the last month, Longhorn head coach Mack Brown fired defensive coordinator Manny Diaz and brought in Greg Robinson to run the defense. Texas athletic director Deloss Dodds announced he will retire in 10 months. And after the 3-2 start to the season, Brown’s future seems tenuous at best.
OU coach Bob Stoops said he paid attention when the change was made at defensive coordinator. But the rest of Texas’ problems haven’t been high on his radar.
“A lot of the other I don’t pay attention to. A lot of the other doesn’t concern me,” he said. “I’m not much on stuff that doesn’t pertain to us at practice and us making improvements. I don’t have a whole lot of time for it.”
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