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April 13, 2014

Sooner faithful best barometer for progress



The band was at the game. You know, The Pride. Also, for whatever reason, there was an actual band. Who knows who it was, but now it can say it’s played a stadium gig.

And — and this is really the thing — the energy surge surrounding the program that’s so clear, ever since the Sooners shocked the Crimson Tide at the Superdome, is at work within the program, too.

Bob Stoops tried to get on both sides of the question, yet managed to offer some truly meaningful stuff.

“Does it change anything that we’re doing? No. I mean, we’re pretty meticulous about the way we go through things during the year,” he said. “I can say that all through the winter, the positive energy carried over. According to (strength and conditioning) coach (Jerry) Schmidt, we had our best winter that he can remember, as far as the fewest misses, the energy and the way the players pushed each other.”

Most coaches have a saying about winning being a year-round thing that’s only proven on autumn Saturdays. Well, OU seems to be getting the rest of the year right.

Quarterback Trevor Knight feels something, too.

“We’ve done a great job at taking that energy and not taking steps back and not being satisfied,” he said, “but using that energy to work harder and come together as a unit.”

Good thing for Knight, because he wasn’t all that good Saturday. Of course, that’s another story and very possibly an irrelevant one. It’s still just a practice.

What’s important is the thread, going back to last season, remains unbroken. 

The Sooners were dead in the water, then beat Iowa State, Kansas State, Oklahoma State and Alabama. Then they turned their recruiting class around in the 11th hour, got Blake Bell to accept becoming a tight end, watched a big league quarterback like Mayfield land in their lap and it’s still going.

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