The Norman Transcript


April 10, 2009

He won't catch many passes

OU football notepad

Oklahoma tight end Jermaine Gresham won’t play much in Saturday’s Red/White Game at Owen Field. The game, which serves as the capstone to spring practice, is typically a pretty bland day for established starters. Coaches don’t want to risk them getting hurt in a scrimmage.

Offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson said Thursday he’ll be limiting Gresham’s exposure to hits in a weird way this spring.

“The last scrimmage we had, every time we had a pass play, I took him out. And run plays I had him in,” Wilson said.

Gresham led the Sooners with 14 touchdown receptions last season and has established himself as one of, if not the, best pass-catching tight ends in college football over the last two seasons.

Blocking is the only thing that’s seemingly kept him from being a well-rounded player. Wilson said Gresham has taken every rep he can possibly get on running plays this spring and has held his own against the Sooners’ group of talent-laden defensive ends.

He has one goal for his senior season.

“He’s trying to become a more complete player,” Wilson said.

Improving QBs

Backup quarterback Landry Jones and Drew Allen will get a lot action Saturday. And it will be the first time either has seen significant action in front of a live crowd.

Jones played in last year’s Red/White Game, but was only a few months out of high school. He redshirted this past season. Allen graduated a semester early so he could go through the spring and will likely redshirt in the fall.

Quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel said both are having good and bad days, but that’s to be expected.

“The thing about both of them is they have a great attitude in the meeting room and they want to get better every day,” Heupel said. “When a bad play happens, they don’t let it hurt the next play. They bounce right back.”

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