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November 18, 2013

OU’s Thompson still the low man on the QB totem pole

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Stoops said the coaching has done some different things in practice to try to get off to better starts, but nothing has worked.

“It’s frustrating. We have been. We’ve done different things. At the start of practice, we’ve gone a tempo period trying to start fast,” he said. “We just haven’t executed real well right out of the start. It’s hard to say why, it really is. Because then all of a sudden it’s clicking and you haven’t changed anything.”

The Sooners are averaging 3.3 first-quarter points a game. Its opponents have averaged 5.0.

Early to rise: The Sooners will play a second straight 11 a.m. game Saturday. Coaches, typically, love the early starts and some of the players do to — especially when the game is on the road.

Others, however, are not fans of the early kickoff times.

“We have to wake up around 7:30 (a.m.), or we meet at 7:30, so you’re up early,” OU safety Gabe Lynn said. “It’s late in the season. It’s a grind, but that’s part of it.”

Accolade for Saunders: Wide receiver Jalen Saunders was named the Big 12 Co-Special Teams Player of the Week for his efforts in OU’s 48-10 win over Iowa State. Saunders shared the honor with Kansas State kicker Jack Cantele who hit a game-winning 41-yard field goal with three seconds remaining to give the Wildcats a 33-31 win over TCU.

Saunders returned a punt 91 yards for a touchdown against the Cyclones. The punt return tied as the third-longest in OU history. Saunders currently ranks second in the Big 12 in punt return average (13.5).

Bedlam won’t be at night: The Big 12 Conference announced Monday the Bedlam Game kickoff time has been narrowed to 11 a.m. or 2:30 p.m. The Dec. 7 regular-season finale at Oklahoma State will be televised by either ABC or FOX.

John Shinn

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jshinn@normantranscript.com

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