The Norman Transcript

OU Sports

July 31, 2013

Golf outing comes before kicking it into high gear; Smallwood has foot surgery

NORMAN — Oklahoma’s football players had the day to themselves Tuesday. It was the last one before the grind of preseason camp begins.

Technically, players report today, although “report” isn’t the right way to describe it, Sooner coach Bob Stoops said Tuesday at the Sooner Appreciation Day Golf Scramble at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club .

“It used to be they were all coming from home and coming from vacation. Now they’re all in summer school and they’re on campus now,” he said.

Nonetheless, there will be team meetings today.

OU hits the practice field for the first time at 5:40 a.m. Thursday. Despite the mild temperatures by late July standards, Stoops still likes the idea of practicing early in the morning. Also, most of his team still has summer school classes wrapping up this week.

“We’ll be watching the sun come up Thursday and Friday, because we have to get them off the field in time to get to classes,” he said. “And I think in the evening it’s still too humid and too hot, so I think early in the morning is still the best time heat-wise.”

The one major piece of news to come out of Tuesday’s golf outing was that OU’s incoming freshmen has undergone foot surgery. Stoops confirmed Jenks wide receiver Jordan Smallwood had a medical procedure done to repair a Lisfranc injury — damage done to the bones and/or ligaments in the middle of the foot. Smallwood suffered the injury during summer workouts.

Stoops said the coaching staff hasn’t decided if Smallwood will redshirt because of the injury.

“I don’t think it totally puts him out just yet,” he said. “It depends on how he progresses, how quickly it heals.”

As far as having his entire team on campus today, that won’t be the case. Junior college defensive tackle Quincy Russell and offensive tackle Josiah St. John still haven’t been cleared to enroll at OU. Russell and St. John were teammates Trinity Valley (Texas) Community College.

“We still have a few guys getting through some classes that we feel positive about, but they haven’t cleared yet,” Stoops said. “There are still a few guys … we’ll let you know.”

John Shinn

Follow me @john_shinn

Text Only | Photo Reprints
OU Sports
  • _Y_R3186 Sooners succumb to Longhorns in run-rule shutout

    Oklahoma had its chances. The Sooners put eight runners on base Friday night against Texas, several times with no outs. And stranded every one of them....

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • OU draws even in rout of West Virginia

    As Oklahoma’s players jogged back to the dugout following the top of the first inning against West Virginia, no one appeared overly excited. It was the classic case of masking the emotions....

    April 19, 2014

  • OU V Texas Casey sparks Sooners at the plate against Longhorns

    Oklahoma put runners in scoring position all night, but midway through Thursday’s series opener against Texas, the Sooners couldn’t do much with them. Heading into the bottom of the fifth, they had stranded a handful of runners, including ...

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Offense disappears in shutout loss to Mountaineers

    Everything Oklahoma did Thursday night looked rushed. It fell behind quickly, hacked at pitches early in counts and even recorded outs in a time-efficient manner....

    April 18, 2014

  • OU womens gym Sooners eager for title shot

    After fighting all season long to stay near the top of the women’s gymnastics rankings, the time has come for Oklahoma to show it belongs there. The NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships kick-off at 1 p.m. today and the second ranked ...

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Shannon won’t face criminal charges

    Oklahoma linebacker Frank Shannon will not face criminal charges for an alleged sexual assault. Any punishment he receives will be through the University....

    April 18, 2014

  • Much riding on Red River rivalry series

    Coach Patty Gasso said before last weekend’s road trip to Baylor that the Big 12 championship would run through Waco. The Sooners took care of that, taking two of three from the Bears to take control of the title race....

    April 17, 2014

  • Sooners hoping to keep momentum of marathon victory

    Practice was brief Wednesday afternoon at L. Dale Mitchell Park. Rest was more important than work after what Oklahoma had gone through the previous night....

    April 17, 2014

  • OU’s Hornbeak to transfer

    In a surprising decision, sophomore guard Je’lon Hornbeak informed Oklahoma’s coaching staff on Tuesday he will transfer at the end of the spring semester....

    April 16, 2014

  • BedlamBaseball2 Sooners prevail in 18-inning Bedlam showdown

    STILLWATER — Oklahoma hoped a little more pop in the lineup would serve as an energy injection....

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo