The Norman Transcript


August 10, 2009

Sooners break out the pads

John Shinn's OU Football Notepad

Monday night’s practice was Oklahoma’s first in full pads. Through the first four days of fall practice, NCAA rules prohibited teams from practicing in anything more than helmets and shoulder pads.

“The first few days are always a little bit sloppy and you’re without shoulder pads so it’s kind of tough,” OU coach Bob Stoops said. “Today was fun and good. Guys were physical. The Oklahoma drill was wild. Guys were really getting after it, which is really good. Guys were competing and it carried right into our inside drill where we did a lot of short yardage. It was physical and the guys handled it well.”

Today should get tougher. The Sooners will hold their first two-a-day practice sessions of the preseason.

Move him

or lose him

Mossis Madu has been moved to wide receiver and by all accounts will be a factor at the position this season. Stoops said Monday he told the offensive staff it had to figure out a way to get Madu more involved in the offense this season or he was going to yank him over to the defensive side.

“I threatened that if they weren’t going to use him a bunch, I’d move him to corner,” Stoops said. “He’s just a really good athlete that can do a lot of things.”

In the spring Madu worked primarily as a slot receiver, but Monday night receivers coach Jay Norvell said the junior from Norman High has also been working at the outside receiver spots.

“We needed to take all the walls down and not have him categorized as anything,” Norvell said. “We want to put him in a position to make plays and train him to do so.”

High praise

for young DBs

Stoops has been impressed with his freshman class and has really taken a liking to some of the young defensive backs during the first week of practice. He gave some very high praise to cornerback DeMontre Hurst following Monday night’s practice.

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