Oklahoma Football
Head Coach Bob Stoops Highlights
Aug. 19, 2013

On whether a starting QB has been named:
“Nope. What else ya got?”

On what stands between naming a starter at QB:
“A few more practices. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday… So when we are ready, we’ll say so.”

On the effect the competition will have on the quarterbacks:
“We’ll see. They are mentally tough guys that work hard as is Kendal. I am confident that Kendal will work his way back into being a guy we like once he is able to get back on the field. Enough of the quarterbacks. Does anybody have anything else they would like to know?”

On which new defensive players will see playing time:
“We are looking to play most all of them, really. They are all really good players, talented and they have picked things up in a good way. So we are getting them ready to play defense and special teams.”

On whether or not DT Quincy Russell could be ready by the first game:
“I don’t think there is any question that he will be ready to play by the first game. He is in pretty good shape. I am very impressed with him. A very powerful and strong guy.”

On the progress of WR Trey Metoyer:
“He made a couple of really nice plays, a couple of really big plays fighting for the ball.”

On WR Lecoltan Bester:  
“Lecoltan has had a really good fall, or summer camp. He has looked really good, strong and he is in better shape and making a lot more plays.”

On Bester’s attitude last year during limited playing time:
“It was good. He just did not have the consistency we needed overall. Again, I think he has pushed himself harder here to be in better shape and better condition. I think therefore that he is able to make more plays. He has probably worked harder mentally and physically to get himself in position to compete at a high level and he has been doing it.”

On OU’s previous success with transfers from other four-year universities such as WRs Justin Brown and Jalen Saunders:
“Our judgment in researching them and hopefully we get good information from the people they have been with on the kind of people that they are and whether or not they are going to fit in and not just end up out of here, too. It is just trying to make sure that it is the right fit for them.”

On the amount of contact that is received from players looking to transfer to OU:
“Not a bunch. But, truthfully there are some that contact us that we are not interested in having. Every situation is different and we evaluate everybody different early on. First, what are our needs here? If we feel really good and deep at a certain position we are likely not to go that way. Or, second, does he improve us? Is he a guy that can really make a difference for us? If he is then we generally go. And if there are character issues we like to know about it.”

On game planning for ULM:
“We have already looked at them a lot in the summer and whatnot. We will start on the field with them probably on Thursday and get a couple of extra days.”

On today’s temperature being lower than normal:
“It wasn’t bad.”

“We would have run our practice the same whether it was 105 or 85. I mean, we had certain things we wanted to get done that we were going to get done.”

On Injury updates:
“Everybody is back. Except Kendal (Thompson). DJ (Ward) was out there walking around practice, he looks good. Gabe (Ikard) was running around in full uniform, and I am sure we were smart with how much we gave him, but he was out there the whole day. This is probably one of the more healthier spots we have been here over the last couple of years.”

On the optimism surrounding Kendal Thompson’s injury: 
“Yeah I am. Like I said, I hate that it happened for him. But it happened so early that, this season is a long journey. With a couple of bye weeks in there it is a long stretch and you never know what’s going to happen with everybody else. He is a sharp guy mentally, so we hope to have him back as soon as he is able.”