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November 13, 2013

Not an ideal senior day for Sooners’ team captains

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Clearing up: Linebacker Dominique Alexander had eight tackles, including a sack for a safety, against Baylor. The freshman’s play over the last four games has been a bright spot and a very positive sign for the future.

“I’m playing faster since my first start. I’m seeing things,” Alexander said. “My vision has gotten a lot better and I’m seeing the whole play. I guess that’s what my biggest area is so far. I can see things a lot better with more games that I play.”

Leaning on the family: Quarterback Blake Bell says he doesn’t listen to those calling for him to be replaced as starting quarterback. But he has been talking to his family a lot.

“Yeah, my dad and uncle, they’ve been there for me. My mom, my whole family, they’ve been there,” he said. “They’re letting me know this and that. My dad always tells me you’ve just gotta keep playing and don’t listen to any of that stuff and just do what you do, man.”

Always respectful: The Sooners face 1-8 Iowa State on Saturday. But you won’t hear any talk of downplaying the Cyclones.

“They might be the best 1-8 team you’ve ever seen. They’ve lost a lot of close ones that have really came down to the wire. They’re a team that’s gonna play down to the wire and they’re never going to quit,” OU guard Bronson Irwin said. “You’ve got to keep it on them and you’ve got to keep it on them and make sure you’re matching their level of intensity.”

John Shinn

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