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October 10, 2012

Line shuffles again

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NORMAN —

“I’ve been thinking about Cedar Hill a lot this week,” Shead said.

Watch the shifts: Texas will do more shifting and motioning before snapping the ball than any of the Sooners’ previous opponents. Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops doesn’t seem concerned.

“Our defense is built for that,” he said. “We feel like we’ve got a defense where we feel we can zero in on the things they’re doing, and hopefully not get too confused.”

Staying focused will be a huge key in the game. The Longhorns’ offense is designed to test teams before the ball is snapped.

“This is how football is anymore. There’s a lot of shifts, movements, trades and you can’t get caught up in all of that,” Stoops added. “You still have to play your fundamentals. You have to play your alignments and keep your eyes very disciplined; that’s the key. Once they move and shift and trade, that we get lined up properly, that will be a big part of the game. That’s what that stuff can do to you if you’re not disciplined with your reads.”

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