NORMAN — Draft day came early to Oklahoma and this one didn’t involve Sam Bradford, Gerald McCoy, Trent Williams or Jermaine Gresham.
Thursday was the day when teams were chosen for Saturday’s Red/White Game at Owen Field. The selections, which were made by the senior captains, revved up the intensity level for Thursday’s practice.
“Everyone is fired up. We have a little tension going,” OU coach Bob Stoops said. “When we show up Saturday, both teams will be in separate meeting rooms. One team will come out of one tunnel and the other comes out the other one. Even the coaches, managers, support staff, everyone has to be on one team or the other.”
Offensive players were selected first Thursday.
The White team, which will be coached by defensive coordinator Brent Venables, and is anchored by captains running back DeMarco Murray, defensive end Jeremy Beal and safety Quinton Carter, took quarterback Landry Jones first.
The Red team, which will be led by offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson with its captains being safety Jonathan Nelson, tackle Cory Brandon and center Brian Lepak doing the picking, had the first pick of defensive players. It picked defensive end Frank Alexander.
“That was exciting doing the draft,” Carter said. “There was a lot of excitement when we were going through a walkthrough today. There’s a lot of momentum going into this game.”
That was very evident when linebacker Travis Lewis started talking to reporters following Thursday’s practice. Lewis, who will be a junior next season, is one of the most vocal players on the team. He’ll be a member of the White team and didn’t mind letting anyone within ear shot know that the Red team has no shot Saturday.
“We’ve got some star power up there. We’ve got me, J. Beal, Q. Carter. We’ve got players that want to compete,” he said. “I’m telling my offense, Landry and the guys, you give us seven points, and you can call it a game.