NORMAN — Oklahoma’s waited eight months for juco defensive tackle Quincy Russell to get on the practice field. He finally arrived in Norman late last week and will get to show teammates and coaches what he can do today.
He was limited to shorts and a helmet for the Sooners’ first two practices due to NCAA rules. Today, he’ll be able to do everything.
“He’s been kind of a mystery. He just appeared out of nowhere. Hey, that’s that guy,” OU center Gabe Ikard said after Monday’s practice. “I’m glad to have him and it can’t hurt to have another big body at (defensive) tackle. From what we’ve heard, he’s a very good player. I’m excited to get to practice against him and get each other better. Hopefully he can help us by getting on the field and making some plays.”
Russell, who originally signed with Texas in 2011 but wound up attending Trinity Valley (Texas) Community College the last two years, has been considered an essential piece to rebuilding the defensive line.
Since Russell has been able to participate in OU’s last two practices, the coaching staff at least knows what kind of shape he’s in.
OU coach Bob Stoops said Russell arrived in Norman in fine condition and expects him to play in the Aug. 31 season opener against Louisiana-Monroe.
“I don’t think there’s any question he’ll be ready to play by the first game. He’s in pretty good shape really,” Stoops said.
Still no starting QB: Stoops declined to name a starting quarterback when he met with reporters following Monday’s practice.
“Nope,” he said when asked if he was ready to make an announcement on whether junior Blake Bell or redshirt freshman Trevor Knight had claimed the job. “What else you got?”