The Norman Transcript

Sports

August 27, 2013

Players need to heed Stoops’ warning

(Continued)

NORMAN —

Only it’s not likely.

More likely, the Sooners will have to earn it. Stoops said he didn’t care what the fans thought about Saturday’s season-opening opponent, Louisiana-Monroe, just as long as his players have received the message about how dangerous the Warhawks can be.

“I hope that the players understand that this is tough, this is a challenge, these guys are really good,” Stoops said.

They appear to get it.

“The first game is always the one where you want to come out and get tested,” fullback Trey Millard said. “They are a good team, upset some teams. They have played a lot of close games with some good teams.”

Still, you wonder.

ULM beat Arkansas in overtime last season, took Auburn to overtime, played Baylor within 47-42 and, without a couple of losses in games it likely feels it should have won — against Louisiana-Lafayette and Arkansas State  — it could have won 10 games.

Only against Frank Solich-coached Ohio, at the Independence Bowl, did the Warhawks fail to score at least 20 points. And, from games three through eight, against Baylor, Tulane, Middle Tennessee, Florida Atlantic, Western Kentucky and South Alabama, they put up 42, 63, 31, 35, 43 and 38 points, only losing to the Bears.

Of that list, only Baylor may compare to OU, but ULM is still a team used to moving the ball and putting points on the board.

“We’re ready for them,” linebacker Corey Nelson said. “We don’t take any team lightly.”

Sure.

Also, easier said than done.

Anyway, it’s opening week, there’s excitement in the air and the possibilities seem endless.

Given that, it’s good to remember that one of those possibilities is a very bad one for the home team. And, given OU’s recent turnover and ineffectiveness on the defensive side of the ball, it’s not an outlandish possibility, either.

Stoops has sounded the call.

His team best listen.

Clay Horning

Follow me @clayhorning

cfhorning@normantranscript.com

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports
  • Clash Football It’s a whole new ball game for Tigers and Timberwolves

    With just over two weeks until football practice officially begins Aug. 11, everyone is busy preparing for the upcoming season. After all, it’s one that will be unlike any other....

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Brace yourselves for what is likely bumpy road to playoffs

    In October of 2005, back when Butch Peters had Norman High ranked No. 5 on the gridiron and Karin Sexson had Norman North ranked No. 1 on the volleyball court, I wrote a column under the headline: “Two great teams … Who cares.” It was all ...

    July 30, 2014

  • Durant tells media that he’s not looking too far ahead

    While most of the NBA’s offseason has been focused on players going home, max contracts and who gets Kevin Love, the reigning MVP has been pretty low key. Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant has stayed in the shadows for the most part while ...

    July 30, 2014

  • Cody adds former champions Maple, Howe as assistants

    A great wrestler doesn’t necessarily make a great wrestling coach. On the other hand, it’s not a bad place to start....

    July 30, 2014

  • Hamlin crew chief out 6 races

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR suspended Denny Hamlin’s crew chief and car chief on Tuesday for six races because the Joe Gibbs Racing entry failed inspection following his third-place finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Darian Grubb and ...

    July 30, 2014

  • Bell focuses on every facet of his game

    LATROBE, Pa. — Le’Veon Bell kept watching the tape over and over, equal parts pleased and puzzled by what he saw....

    July 30, 2014

  • Sam factor may ready Rams for sensitivity class

    ST. LOUIS — To guard against another bullying scandal, NFL teams are holding sensitivity sessions during training camp....

    July 30, 2014

  • Romo skips full-pad session for the first time at camp

    OXNARD, Calif. — The Dallas Cowboys are taking it easy with Tony Romo’s back....

    July 30, 2014

  • Vikings hire help for Kluwe talks

    MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Vikings have hired the attorney who investigated the Miami Dolphins bullying scandal and another who played a prominent role in the fight for marriage equality to help in settlement talks with former punter ...

    July 30, 2014

  • Cards’ Abraham charged with DUI

    ATLANTA — Authorities say Arizona Cardinals linebacker John Abraham was arrested on a drunken driving charge a month ago in the Atlanta area. Abraham has been absent from the team’s training camp since Friday....

    July 30, 2014

Facebook