The Norman Transcript

October 23, 2013

Heupel won't give a grade on play calling

Norvell reminds all that calling plays isn't as easy as it looks

By John Shinn
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Oklahoma offensive coordinator Josh Heupel wouldn’t give himself a grade when asked to assess his play calling in the first seven games.

“I don't give myself a grade,” he said. “Ultimately we've got to score enough points to win every game. That's what it comes down to. It's not about what we're averaging yards, points — certainly we want to score a lot of points, don't get me wrong, but at the end of the day it's a team game and you're trying to find ways to win.”

Receivers coach/co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell fiercely defended Heupel when asked about the offense Tuesday.

“The one thing about play calling is that everybody who watches a football game thinks they can call plays, and it’s really not that easy,” he said. “I think he’s done a great job. He’s very prepared all the time, and spends a lot of time at it all year round. There’s always things that you’d like to do differently sometimes as a play caller, but no, he’s done a fabulous job.”