By John Shinn
The Norman Transcript
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.”
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