|| SoonerVision Intros Mic'd Up
During Monday's practice, junior offensive lineman Gabe Ikard wore a microphone in his pads, as part of SoonerVision's Mic'd Up series (check out Gabe here). On Tuesday, junior linebacker Tom Wort took his turn at the mic representing the defense.
"We're using technology to explore new ways to bring our fans closer to our program," explained SoonerVision's Mitch Biesemeyer. "A player's personality comes through and fans learn more about the person under the helmet. We're planning to expand this to more sports in the near future."
Although it's strapped in the shoulder pads, it didn't create too much of a technical problem for Assistant Director of Athletics Equipment Blake Kuenzi.
"I think we just needed to figure out a spot that it would go to ensure that it wouldn't affect the player's pads both in health and his mobility," Kuenzi said. "I think we found it really pretty easy. Tape does wonders."
|| Welcome to OU, Justin Brown
Oklahoma welcomed a few additions to practice Tuesday morning: Full pads, approximately 10 minutes of rain showers, the Oklahoma Drill and most notably, talented senior wide receiver Justin Brown.
Brown arrived in Norman on Monday evening, meeting with compliance and administration to officially clear his transfer from Penn State, and suited up in a No. 18 jersey and shorts Tuesday for his first practice with the Sooners.
"Just talking to the coaches and stuff," Brown said on why he chose Oklahoma. "I really didn't do too much of seeing a lot of places. I stayed in the building most of the time and talked to the players and coaches and went over a couple of schemes and what not. Just trying to talk more about football since that's what it comes down to."
Brown's presence adds veteran leadership, size and depth to OU's talented receiving corps, but he may have his biggest impact on special teams, where he is expected to fill OU's punt return duties.
"I believe he will be," head coach Bob Stoops said. "I saw him out there today and he catches them as easy and smooth as anyone I've ever seen."
Brown led Penn State in 2011 with 27 punt returns for 220 yards and accounted for 737 all-purpose yards.
"I'm going to work hard and try to contribute," Brown said. "I'm a quiet guy and I go about my business the right way. I'm just going to try to work hard every day."
|| The Oklahoma Drill
How do you know you're a college football blue blood? At Oklahoma, there's a mountain of trophies, records and great players as proof. Here's another example to add to the pile. When football teams across the nation from high school to the NFL use a drill named after you, that's pretty special.
Developed by legendary coach Bud Wilkinson, the Oklahoma Drill features players lined up in chutes going one-on-one. There are several variations but they all aim to answer the same question. Who can be the toughest when everything's on the line?
The Sooners traditionally introduce the Oklahoma Drill five or six practices in during spring football or the preseason. The drill signifies that the acclimatization process is over, now the serious work has begun.
The Oklahoma Drill is a critical tool used by coaches to evaluate players who might might have looked good in non-contact drills, but have yet to face full contact. There's no place to hide in the Oklahoma Drill, when everyone on the team is watching.
Head Coach Bob Stoops
"(Justin Brown has) maturity and experience. He's been fighting his butt off in the Big Ten for three years. He's been productive; he's been awfully good and incredibly impressive out there.He can run, and has strong hands, and a natural punt returner - which is something else we are really were excited about . You know, a big strong guy like that to punt return, he can run through those arm tackles, or people just trying to grab the jersey and pull him down. That's not happening, so I think he's going to be pretty special."
Senior P Tress Way
"It's a relief not to have that No. 1 in front of our name right now. We're OU - we already have a target on our back - right now it's really cool. This has to be the closest team that I have been a part of since I've been at OU. It's so cool because everybody hangs out together, everyone is friends with one another."
DT Jamarkus McFarland
"It's Oklahoma. Everyone that comes here has a chance to play. When your time to be called upon comes, you have to be able to rise to the occasion. We're rooting for each other 365 days of the year; this is just another day for all of us."
Coach Bobby Jack Wright
"His (R.J. Washington) leadership has jumped out 10-fold. He's becoming a good player, a solid player, and a very good, vocal team leader."
Junior DB Aaron Colvin
"It feels good (to be back at cornerback). I have a lot more confidence this year. It's so natural to me. Every little move is just natural for me at corner. So, I feel like that is where I am best at, but if they need me to go back to safety, I can do that too."
Oklahoma practiced at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday morning, marking the fifth time the Sooners went at it this fall:
WRs Work To Break Free
WRs Work On Footing
Practice 5 Gallery (45 Pics)
Justin Brown hails from Wilmington, Delaware. OU's modern records don't show any former player from the "The First State", making Justin a first in his own right.
TUESDAY MEDIA SESSIONS
Coaches and players met with the media following today's practice:
Media with WR Justin Brown
Media with DB Aaron Colvin
Media with DE David King
Media with P Tress Way
Media w/ DT J. McFarland
Media with Bob Stoops
Media with Mike Stoops
Media w/ Bobby Jack Wright
UP CLOSE WITH CHUKA
SoonerSports.com caught up with sophomore defensive end Chuka Ndulue following practice five:
Sophomore DE Chuka Ndulue
The Sooners went through the Oklahoma Drill on Tuesday for the first time this preseason:
Oklahoma Drill Highlights 1
Oklahoma Drill Highlights 2
Oklahoma Drill Highlights 3
FOLLOWING THE SOONERS
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