“You have a tight end in there now instead of a 4.3 (40-yard dash) receiver,” he said. “Sometimes you’ll take that trade and sometimes you won’t. It depends who the tight end is.”
Shepard’s time to shine: The coaching staff hasn’t hid that Sterling Shepard should be OU’s No. 1 receiver next season. Receivers coach Jay Norvell believes Shepard, who caught seven touchdowns last season, can be one of the best in the country.
“He's really had a great spring — more explosive, better route runner, really being more consistent in every way. I really challenged him to be a leader and take the next step,” Norvell said. “He’s had a great spring. He's graded out as high as anybody I've had in the spring so far. That’s a credit to him and his character and how he pushes himself so he's had a really good spring. He's got to continue to push himself. He's got to be his own motivation every day when he comes out here.”
Open practice for students scheduled: Students are invited to attend the team portion of OU’s practice next Thursday. The first 500 students will receive a free hot dog and drink. While supplies last, all remaining hot dogs and drinks will be available for 50 cents. Students must have a valid OU student ID to attend.
At the end of practice, students can go onto the field to participate in drills, meet and take pictures with student athletes and have a chance to kick a field goal. No autographs will be allowed.
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