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September 17, 2013

OU coaching staff responds to ‘targeting rule’

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NORMAN —

Off-week letdown: The Sooners are going through the first off-week of the season. Bob Stoops said the team will practice through the week and the players will get the weekend off.

The practices will center on preparation for the Sept. 28 game at Notre Dame. How well OU handles the extra practice time will be up to the players.

“We think of it as the same, but there’s always that mindset that we have a bye week and let’s hurry up to get to the weekend. We don’t need to think like that,” offensive tackle Daryl Williams said.

No nerves: OU quarterback Blake Bell wasn’t the only player who made his first career start against Tulsa. Freshman cornerback Stanvon Taylor also did. Coaches liked what they saw from Taylor, who started at the right cornerback spot in place of the injured Aaron Colvin.

“Really, I just was staying positive about everything and being able to take that role,” Taylor said. My team had confidence in me. The older guys came up to me and said go out and do your thing. Coach put you out there so just do what you gotta do. I wasn’t really too nervous.”

Injury update: Colvin returned to practice Monday. OU coach Bob Stoops said safety Gabe Lynn, who missed the second half of the Tulsa game with an injury to his left leg, is expected to practice later in the week.

As far as Trevor Knight’s injured right knee, Stoops said he will be evaluated later in the week. The original prognosis for Knight was for him to be held out of one to two weeks of practice.

“It’s possible he’ll be back this week. If not, he should be back Monday next week,” the coach said.

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