Oklahoma Football: Your A-Z Guide to Sooner Pride
A — All done. Big 12 Championship? National Championship? Without a doubt.
B — Britt Mitchell, number 67. He’s huge. At 6'6", 311 pounds you won't have any problem spotting this freshman offensive lineman.
C — Crimson and Cream. Everybody knows the colors of the great Sooners.
D — Diamonds. There will be a lot of diamonds in the rings they will receive this year.
E — Eldridge. Brody is probably the least-appreciated player on the team, mostly because he is a devastating blocker.
F — Freshmen. Here's your chance to see newcomers RB Justin Johnson (6'1", 205), QB Landry Jones (6'4", 220), and OL Britt Mitchell (6'6", 320).
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, he's getting some carries at that position too. You’ll see—he’s dominant.
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. You will see the talent with this guy—just make sure you watch the Sooners this year.
J — “Jumpin' Jonathan.” Jonathan Nelson has played well this spring at cornerback. He is the best vertical leaper on the team at 43.5 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. Jimmy Stevens is 5'5", 160 pounds and needs to gain a little weight, but he can still clear 60 yards.
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. We still have sensation Ryan Reynolds standing tall at 6'3", 240, as well as redshirt freshman Austin Box standing tall at 6'2", 240.
M — Mossis Madu. The sophomore running back has made the most of the many carries he got this spring. He stands at 5'11", 200 and played as a backup running back and on special teams. He rushed for 87 yards and a touchdown in the season opener against North Texas, and had a career-long 55-yard run against the Mean Green. He rushed for a touchdown against Tulsa, and recorded three tackles on special teams.
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. But can he make a difference?
O — O-o-o-o-o-o. If you don’t get that out of your system this summer, good luck in the fall.
P — Poise. That is something that coach Bob Stoops explains to his team before every game.
Q — Quentin or Quinton. That's Chaney and Carter, respectively. The two Q's should both be in action this fall, Quentin at receiver and Quinton in the secondary. They will both make outstanding game-changing plays this season.
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 — Secondary. The secondary has been really juggled this year since losing Reggie Smith and D.J. Wolfe to the NFL. Everybody needs to keep an eye on the amazing Dominique Franks.
T — Trick plays. The offense of Bob Stoops was known for his mighty trick plays, and he got beat by them two years ago. Let's see if he can step up and show them off again.
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. They call them the Twin Towers of Norman, OK.
V — Victory! Something the great Sam Bradford will be saying as he wins the Heisman.
W — Walk-on. Trent Ratterree has been an interesting addition at tight end and made catches in each of the first two scrimmages this past spring.
X — X-factor. The Sooners' lingo in the locker room as well as on the field.
Y — Your call. Tell me what you think about when you hear Oklahoma Football.
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. OU plays in Stillwater this year—can he make a difference?
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