“We really haven’t changed our protections. Some of the run schemes that we’ve worked from week-to-week will change, or vary, depending on what we feel we can do,” Stoops said. “The protections, we have been good, really through the year. Again, you play against quality teams and they’re going to have their times where they get you. But I’ve been pleased with the progress and how they’ve played and protected.”
Extra lesson: OU quarterback Landry Jones is like many of his teammates. He doesn’t know much about the Sooners’ history with Notre Dame. Can’t blame him. The teams haven’t played since 1999 and that was first meeting since 1968.
“I’m not really aware of much of it, but I’m sure there’s a lot of great games that have been played,” Jones said. “I don’t know if that necessarily matters in who wins this game or loses this game, but I should probably read up on my history of the game.”
Jones did receive a quick history when asked if he was aware OU is 1-8 all time against the Fighting Irish.
“Now I am,” he said.
All Hunnicutt: Stoops said place kicker Michael Hunnicutt will also handle the kickoff chores against Notre Dame. Patrick O’Hara, who usually handles kickoffs, has been nursing a groin injury since the Texas game. OU gave walk-on Nick Hodgson a shot against Kansas.
“Nick hits them great in practice and he doesn’t hit them so great in games though,” Stoops said. “I guess that pressure got to him a little bit. We thought we’d give him a taste of it. I mean, he gets them out of the end zone in practice all the time, but I guess it’s kind of like me. I hit them on the driving range perfect and then I get to that first tee box and I get that big cut ball that goes out of bounds. It doesn’t work. It’s a lot easier in practice than in games.”
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