OU erected Sam Bradford's statue Wednesday afternoon, with no ceremony, but will celebrate the piece when Bradford is able to attend. It is now among the statues for OU's five Heisman Trophy winners east of the stadium. The statue was in production for six months and was monitored by Bradford during that time. It stands 10 feet tall atop a three-foot base and weighs 1,200 pounds.
OU ANTICIPATES 75TH-STRAIGHT
Oklahoma anticipates its 75th sellout this Saturday. A total of 6,026,578 have attended the first 74 games in the streak. The average number of fans to attend the games during the streak is 81,444. The largest crowd to see a game was 85,646 for the 2008 OU-Texas Tech contest. OU is 72-2 at home during the streak, and has won its last 36 in a row.
As of Saturday, 73 of the 75 games will have been played against FBS competition. The streak mirrors Bob Stoops' tenure, which began with a 49-0 win over Indiana State on Sept. 11, 1999. During that time, the stadium's capacity has grown from 72,726 to 82,112 (+9,386). Average attendance has grown from 74,664 in 1999 to 84,738 last season.
View complete coverage of preseason camp throughout August at SoonerSports.com. Oklahoma opens the 2011 season on September 3 against Tulsa in Norman. Game kicks at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, August 3
OU players officially reported for preseason practice today in Norman. The first practice of the preseason begins at 6:45 a.m. Thursday as the Sooners prep for the 2011 season-opener against Tulsa on September 3. Watch for full coverage on SoonerSports.com.
Mike Baldwin of the Oklahoman: "Ranked No. 1 in several preseason national football polls, expectations are as high as they've ever been in coach Bob Stoops' 13 seasons at Oklahoma. The overriding question: Can the Sooners win their first national title since 2000? "I don't shy away from expectations," Stoops told a..."
Guerin Emig of the Tulsa World: "Oklahoma begins practice Aug. 4 with expectations unfelt since 2003, the last time the Sooners began a season ranked No. 1. OU is favored to assume that perch to begin 2011, for good reason. The Sooners feature Heisman Trophy contender Landry Jones at quarterback, record-setter Ryan..."
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