The Norman Transcript


April 11, 2009

Sooner vs. Sooner

Red/White Game

Anyone thinking Oklahoma’s Red/White Game is true gauge of how next season will look should consider this: Sam Bradford spent more time signing autographs (about 30 minutes) than he did taking snaps (three series).

In what has become as big a tradition than the game itself, the Sooners did not lay all their offensive chips on the table for the annual finale to spring practice. They didn’t even come close.

“I would have liked to play a little more, but they were trying to get the young guys some work. I can understand that,” Bradford said. “I just needed to make the most of the plays I had and I thought I did.”

Bradford completed 11-of-13 passes for 97 yards and had a nice 23-yard touchdown pass to Adron Tennell in the east corner of the south end zone early in the game.

But giving the fans a true look at what the Sooners’ offense will look like next season took a back seat to developing offensive depth.

Landry Jones, who will enter next season as Bradford’s backup, and Drew Allen, who graduated a semester early from high school to participate in spring practice, took the majority of the snaps.

Neither had a spectacular afternoon. Jones was 5-for-12 for 73 yards. He found Jameel Owens for a 10-yard touchdown late in the second half, but had a pass intercepted and returned 42 yards for a touchdown by Dominique Franks, who intercepted two passes Saturday.

Allen was 4-for-14 for 58 yards.

Then again, Bradford wasn’t the only offensive stalwart who was a spectator Saturday. Tight ends Jermaine Gresham and Brody Eldridge, fullback Matt Clapp and running backs DeMarco Murray and Chris Brown didn’t play.

The unit was all down to seven offensive linemen due to mild injuries and fatigue set in after a while.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • OU V Texas Casey sparks Sooners at the plate against Longhorns

    Oklahoma put runners in scoring position all night, but midway through Thursday’s series opener against Texas, the Sooners couldn’t do much with them. Heading into the bottom of the fifth, they had stranded a handful of runners, including ...

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Tigers take series with Timberwolves

    Heather Jones made her final Crosstown Clash contest a game to remember....

    April 18, 2014

  • Shannon won’t face criminal charges

    Oklahoma linebacker Frank Shannon will not face criminal charges for an alleged sexual assault. Any punishment he receives will be through the University....

    April 18, 2014

  • Offense disappears in shutout loss to Mountaineers

    Everything Oklahoma did Thursday night looked rushed. It fell behind quickly, hacked at pitches early in counts and even recorded outs in a time-efficient manner....

    April 18, 2014

  • North girls escape with win over ESF

    EDMOND — Ranked No. 5 in the state and the winners of six straight games, three of them over top 10 teams, the Norman North girls looked every bit the dominant team Thursday night at Edmond Santa Fe … right up until they flirted with ...

    April 18, 2014

  • OU womens gym Sooners eager for title shot

    After fighting all season long to stay near the top of the women’s gymnastics rankings, the time has come for Oklahoma to show it belongs there. The NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships kick-off at 1 p.m. today and the second ranked ...

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fieger leads Senior PGA

    PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Gene Fieger shot a 3-under 69 in windy conditions Thursday to take a four-stroke lead in the Senior PGA Professional National Championship....

    April 18, 2014

  • Kuchar builds on momentum

    HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — There were no major letdowns for Masters contenders Matt Kuchar and Jordan Spieth at the RBC Heritage on Thursday. Kuchar, who tied for fifth at Augusta National, shot a bogey-free 5-under 66 to share the ...

    April 18, 2014

  • Angel Jimenez set for Champions Tour debut

    DULUTH, Ga. — Miguel Angel Jimenez’s starring role in the best Masters ever for players 50 and over was the perfect lead-in for his Champions Tour debut....

    April 18, 2014

  • Puig focuses on baseball despite issues

    SAN FRANCISCO — Yasiel Puig believes he has the support from his Los Angeles Dodgers teammates and the club to help him keep his focus on baseball despite challenges off the field....

    April 18, 2014