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October 17, 2013

Stoops OK with panel

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NORMAN —

“Justin was a nice young man and things didn’t work out and he wanted to be closer to home,” Stoops said. “I wasn’t glad to see him go but I was glad to be helpful and allow it to happen.”

McKay is from Kansas City, Mo. Thus far, he hasn’t made much of an impact for the Jayhawks. He has one catch for 12 yards in the first five games.

Minimal impact: Through six games, OU still hasn’t used the tight end position as anything other than a blocker. Fullback Trey Millard lines up in the spot from time to time, but even he only has eight receptions this season.

“It’s just where we are,” offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said. “We want to have tight ends as a major part of what we’re doing — setting the edge. We’d like to have a guy that’s explosive as a vertical threat down the middle of the football field. It’s something that we’ve had here for a long time that we’ve missed here the last two years, just with some circumstances that happened inside of our program.”

Up for anything: One of OU’s few offensive bright spots against Texas was freshman running back Keith Ford. He rushed for team-best 34 yards on six carries. He’s also had OU’s special teams highlight with his hit on Texas punt returner Daje Johnson early in the fourth quarter.

“Every time you should go your hardest, regardless if it’s offense, defense or special teams. You’ve gotta go hard,” Ford said. “It’s one team. There’s no individuals out there. It’s not one-on-one, it’s 11 people. Just gotta work as a team.”

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