QBs on the run: Offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said one of the spring goals will be incorporating quarterbacks Blake Bell, Kendal Thompson and Trevor Knight into the running game.
The ability to run OU’s offense — the same OU ran under former quarterback Landry Jones — will be the deciding factor.
“We can use their ability to extend and make plays with their feet,” Heupel said. “How many times we’ll have designed play calls for them? I can’t tell you right now, but certainly something we’ll probably look at here in the spring.”
Ward still waiting: Defensive end D.J. Ward is attending classes, but won’t be on the field when practice starts Saturday. He’s still waiting to be cleared by the NCAA clearinghouse.
“We’re still waiting on him,” Stoops said.
Allen will transfer: Senior Drew Allen has decided to transfer and is no longer on the roster.
“Drew is working out and is waiting to see where — he’s going to graduate and have an opportunity to play somewhere next year,” Stoops said. “He’s a wonderful guy and will do well for somebody.”
Allen will graduate in May. As long as he transfers to a school that offers a post graduate degree in something OU does not, he’ll be eligible to play next season.
Schmidt impressed: Stoops said strength and conditioning coach Jerry Schmidt believed OU players — as a whole — did the necessary work in winter conditioning. There were no gripes about work ethic with spring practice set to begin.
“I think, Jerry, this has been in his mind one of the best winters we’ve had just as an overall team,” Stoops said.
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