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September 5, 2013

Heupel:Knight’s pass numbers will improve

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NORMAN —

Less could be more: If the first game was any indication, OU’s days of throwing the ball 50 times a game are over for at least this season. However, OU’s best receiver, Jalen Saunders, sees a major benefit in the offensive direction — more big-play opportunities for the receivers.

“It is putting a lot of the corners on an island and forcing the safeties to play the run more,” he said. “I think the offense is looking a lot better with the style that we switched up to. I’m real excited for it.”

Saunders only caught three passes against Louisiana-Monroe, but two went for touchdowns.

No jumping: Georgia lost its best receiver, Malcolm Mitchell, to a season-ending knee injury during a celebration in last Saturday’s game at Clemson.

The news of injury was related to OU’s players, leading to new celebration rules.

“I told my guys if you’re gonna chest-bump, go up about that high (about an inch off the ground). Just barely get off the ground,” OU coach Bob Stoops said. “I told them Monday when we broke the thing, just go up about that much.”

He’ll find out Saturday when OU plays West Virginia whether players fully understand he’s basically outlawed the jumping chest bump.

“They halfway chuckled, but I said I’m serious,” he said. “Hopefully they will. They generally listen to me.”

Hancock to speak at OU: Bill Hancock, executive director of the BCS and College Football Playoff, will speak at OU at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Hancock will talk inside Gaylord Hall, located just west of the football stadium. The session is open to the public.

Hancock, an OU graduate, is speaking as part of the Gaylord College’s Centennial, celebrating 100 years of OU journalism education.

He will be the executive director of the College Football Playoff, the new system to crown a national champion that begins next year.

John Shinn

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