OU's Spring Game from A to Z

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
APRIL 10, 2008
NORMAN, Okla. - Story lines for the spring game are many, yet some times hard to find. Here are a few suggestions for things to watch this Saturday at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.

A -- All done. Usually, this is the final workout of the spring, but not so this year. Since the practice schedule was shuffled due to injuries there will be one more workout next week.

B -- Big Boy. At 6-6, 311 pounds you won't have any problem spotting freshman offensive lineman Britt Mitchell. He's No. 67.

C -- Colors. The offense will wear crimson (this game is probably mis-named) and the defense will wear white even though there will be teams distinguished on the scoreboard that don't necessarily correlate to those colors (the first team offense and second team defense comprise one team).

D -- Diamonds. It will be an old school look in the end zones with the diamond shapes.

E -- Eldridge. Brody is probably the least-appreciated player on the team mostly because he is a devastating blocker. The spring game offers the perfect opportunity to focus on him and learn for yourself just how valuable he has become.

F -- Freshmen. Here's your chance to see mid-year newcomers Justin Johnson, Landry Jones and Britt Mitchell.

G -- Gerald McCoy. Oklahoma hasn't had a Lombardi winner since Tommie Harris. "GK," as his teammates call him, could be the next one in the making.

H -- He's back. Matt Clapp redshirted last season, but the fullback has returned and, due to the short number of running backs available, is getting some carries at that position too.

I -- Ibiloye. Joseph signed with OU in February. He's not here yet, but had the only "I" name that we could identify with the team.

J -- Jumpin' Jonathan. Jonathan Nelson has played well this spring at cornerback. He is the best vertical leaper on the team at 41.5 inches.

K -- Kickers. Replacing Garrett Hartley is a tall order. Jimmy Stevens and Matthew Moreland are competing this spring. Signee Tress Way will join the team for August drills.

L -- Linebackers. This has been an area of focus this year. In particular, keep an eye on No. 22 Keenan Clayton, who is making a successful transition from safety.

M -- Mossis Madu. The sophomore running back has made the most of the many carries he got this spring.

N -- Norvell. Oklahoma's new wide receivers coach, Jay, has been a good addition to the staff. His background includes a stint with the NFL's Oakland Raiders, an appealing accomplishment to both current team members and prospects.

O -- O-o-o-o-o-o. If you don't get that out of your system this Saturday, you might explode this summer.

P -- Poster. Our gifted graphics designer, Scott Matthews, has designed a beautiful poster that will be handed out this Saturday. Trust me, you don't want to miss this one.

Q -- Quentin or Quinton. That's Chaney and Carter, respectively. The two Q's should both be in action Saturday; Quentin at receiver and Quinton in the secondary.

R -- Redshirts. There are several that sat out last season in anticipation of 2008. Among those worth watching is No. 84 Frank Alexander, a promising defensive end.

S -- Scoring System. We posted it here a few days ago and, granted, it's complicated. The best advice is to pay more attention to the number on that tube of sunscreen and let us worry about those on the scoreboard.

T -- Trick plays. The offense ran three of them in last Saturday's scrimmage. It wouldn't be a shock to see more of the same this week.

U -- Unlikely. It's unlikely that you'll ever see a left side of the offensive line this big again. At 350 each, Duke Robinson and Phil Loadholt are a combined 700 pounds.

V -- Very nice. According to weather.com, the forecast for Saturday is sunny with a high of 66 degrees.

W -- Walk-on. Trent Ratterree has been an interesting addition at tight end and made catches in each of the first two scrimmages of the spring.

X -- X-factor. A few of the former Sooners plan to bring some of their current pro teammates with them for the weekend festivities. There might be a big name or two around that you will be surprised to see.

Y -- Your call. The fan that won the online action will get on the headsets with Sooner coaches to make the offensive calls for one series of downs.

Z -- Zach Brown. He's a walk-on defensive back from Hugo, Okla., and the only player with a Z in his name. He also transferred from Oklahoma State and you don't see that every day.



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