|| What Can Brown Do For You?
UPS retired its "What Can Brown Do For You?" slogan two years ago, but the newest Sooner wide receiver has seemingly brought that mentality with him to Oklahoma. And just a week after his first practice with the Sooners, senior Justin Brown has delivered.
"He is a great kid and has brought a lot of maturity and leadership to the (receiver) group," head coach Bob Stoops said. "I believe he is really going to have a special year. With the maturity, business-like attitude and the skill he has, (being) a big guy who can catch the ball, why wouldn't he?"
Part of Brown's speedy adjustment has been playing with a veteran quarterback in Landry Jones, who he has already connected with on the field.
"He's played a lot of football," Jones said. "He's used to running around. He's used to working off of coverage. We've actually built a lot of rapport. We've been able to get on the same page on almost every route."
Co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel couldn't help but rattle off positive after positive when asked about his newest addition.
"He's a mature kid, competitive, attentive to details and (he's) passionate about the game," Heupel said. "He doesn't get up or down depending on the previous play. He has a very methodical approach. Big, long range and can make plays on the outside in one-on-one situations. He should be a great red-zone threat for us with his size and his frame."
Brown, in the mix to start at wide receiver and punt returner, has welcomed the competitive nature at OU.
"I think everyone wants to win and everyone wants to build good relationships by supporting me too," Brown said. "I'm a competitor at the end of the day and I want to go out and do my best. And that's what everybody else wants to do. That's probably one of the biggest reasons why I fit in."
Speaking like a true veteran, Brown is only worried about the variables that are within his grasp, making his transition easier.
"I just try to stay focused," Brown said. "All I can control is coming out, working hard every day and trying to make the Oklahoma Sooners a better team."
|| Fitting in the Slot
As Roy Finch has worked from the slot position during preseason camp, he's had to literally think outside the box.
"There's more opportunities at the slot where you get the ball in your hands and there's one guy around you," Finch said. "Everybody else is spread out maybe 10 or 15 yards away from you. At running back, it's more everything is in a closed box. You have to work your way through. It's been fun. I've been working hard and trying to make plays."
Finch recorded 44 receptions for 345 yards out of the backfield in his first two years at OU,
but is ready to make those plays in a different area.
"You can watch a lot of film, but until you actually get out there and do it yourself, it's a different speed and you have to work," Finch said. "You have to really think out there on the field in the slot. I've been trying to just do the best that I can out there and just play ball."
OU co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell is excited about the qualities that Finch brings to the wide receiving corps.
"He's worked in there and he's done a good job," Norvell said. "He's still learning a lot. It's a lot different playing out on the perimeter than it is playing out of the backfield. But he has athletic ability, quickness and explosiveness. Those are all important things that we want to play at the receiver position."
Senior WR Justin Brown
"One of the most prime things about Coach Stoops is that he's a high-energy guy; but at the same time, he's laid back. I don't know if you guys can picture that, but being a player, you kind of need that. He's a coach that will coach and he's personable to his players. He's a players' coach. He's all about the team and he's about winning, which is big. He's about family and what not, so he has good values and that's what you look for in a head coach, someone who's leading the team and who you can look at somebody with good values. That's what Coach Stoops has."
Junior OL Gabe Ikard
"(Justin Brown is) big, competitive, fast and he's made a lot of really competitive catches. He'll be out there making a lot of plays for us. He's a talented guy, you can tell."
Junior OL Bronson Irwin
"(The opportunity is) exciting. You can't control these things when they happen. A guy goes down, someone has to step up. I feel like I put myself in a good position in the off-season with workouts, getting better, stronger and faster where I'm in a position that I'm ready to contribute."
Coach Josh Heupel
"(Blake Bell is) a throwing quarterback that happens to be big enough that we'll use him in that (running) package. We recruited him that way. He's continued to progress that way. If you asked anybody in our program, they feel pretty comfortable with him throwing the football."
PRACTICE 15 COVERAGE
Oklahoma bounced back from a two-a-day on Tuesday morning. Here's what happened:
Running Backs Through Chute
WRs Change Direction, Catch
RBs vs. LBs Pass Protection
D-Tackles React to Snap
Kittle Works w/Tackles, TEs
Gundy & Running Backs
Practice 15 Gallery (51 Pics)
The Sooners endure their final two-a-day of preseason on Wednesday, before winding camp down on Thursday and Friday.
TUESDAY MEDIA SESSIONS
Select offensive players and coaches were made available to the media following Tuesday's practice. Check out the highlights below:
Media with Bob Stoops
Media with QB Landry Jones
Media with WR Justin Brown
Media with OL Bronson Irwin
Media with WR Roy Finch
Media with OC Jay Norvell
Media with OC Josh Heupel
CATCHING UP WITH COREY
Junior Corey Nelson discussed his comfort level at weakside linebacker, the transition with new position and coordinator coaches and his goals for preseason camp:
Video: LB Corey Nelson
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