The Norman Transcript

November 28, 2012

All in the family

By John Shinn
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops was beaming with pride after Tuesday’s practice. His brother Mark landed his first head coaching job earlier in the day, accepting the job at Kentucky.

“I’m excited for Mark, happy for him and proud of him. He’s earned it,” Bob Stoops said. “He’s done really well everywhere he’s been. I know he’s really prepared for the job. I believe that Kentucky, as he does, has a lot of potential, a lot of resources to build, so I know he’s excited about the opportunity.”

Mark Stoops is the youngest of the Stoops’ brothers. He’s been Florida State’s defensive coordinator the last three seasons. Prior to that, he served on OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops’ staff at Arizona.

King says he’ll be ready: Defensive end David King missed the final three quarters of the Oklahoma State game with an ankle injury. But he believes he’ll be ready to play Saturday at TCU.

“I’m fine,” he said. “I’ll be out there on Saturday.”

Showing some respect: Center Gabe Ikard waited for a while before he joined in the celebration after the Sooners’ Bedlam victory on Saturday. First thing he did was go shake hands with several OSU players.

“You act like you’ve been there before,” he said. “I was just as excited as my teammates, but I know some of the guys on that team and I’ve been on the other end of losing games like that and know how they feel. I just wanted to show them some respect before you go and have some fun with your teammates.”

Homecoming game: Defensive tackle Casey Walker is one of many OU players from the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Saturday’s game at TCU will be like a homecoming game to them.

“TCU was one of my first offers out of high school. It will be nice to go down there. I've heard they've done some rebuilding to the stadium from the last time I've seen it,” Walker said. “It should be a fun one. I've got family in Fort Worth.”

Stock rising: OU quarterback Landry Jones has thrown for 1,736 yards and 15 touchdowns in just the last four games. Those performances also include a game-winning drive in the final two minutes against West Virginia and another to force overtime against Oklahoma State.

His draft stock certainly appears to be rising as the regular season draws to a close.

“I hope so. I hope I did. I hope they were watching,” Jones said about the NFL general managers who make those draft selections in April. “You think about it every once in a while, but for me that’s not the reason why I came back here this year. I came back to be a senior, to go after a national championship, which now it’s kind of out of our hands, but to be on this team again, impact some guys and just be with my teammates.”

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