Sooners Notch First Scrimmage

NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma completed its first major scrimmage of the spring with an 81-play workout Saturday at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Sooner head coach Bob Stoops noted that several standouts did not participate, but still liked the overall effort.

"It went well," he said. "We'll grade the tape and see how it looked. We've got a lot of guys out so we didn't real true look, but a lot of young guys are getting good work."

Several projected starters did not participate in the scrimmage while recovering from injuries. Among those were running back linebacker Austin Box, Chris Brown, defensive end Auston English, safety Nic Harris, receiver Manuel Johnson, linebacker Ryan Reynolds, offensive guard Duke Robinson and defensive end John Williams.

Box is among the latest to join that list. He has a sprained elbow and will likely miss the remainder of the spring drills.

The coach gave a good appraisal of his secondary, including redshirt freshmen Desmond Jackson, who had a team-high seven tackles, and Sam Proctor.

"Desmond showed up a lot," Stoops said. "I thought he looked real good. It was encouraging to see Sam Proctor make a lot of tackles. Brian Jackson and Dominque Franks were solid."

It was tough-sledding for the offense for much of the day with 294 total yards and no touchdowns, but Stoops laid most of that on practice repetition.

"We go so much against each other. Our defense sees them everyday. They should stop them. If we're going to be any good at all, (the offense) should have a hard time moving it."

Keenan Clayton's move to linebacker seemed to be going well as he had six tackles.

"Keenan's doing a nice job," said Stoops. "He still has a ways to go, but he's shown some great signs. He's an athletic, solid player and he's starting to show that."

Quarterback Sam Bradford completed 8-of-16 passes for 104 yards with no interceptions. The defense made three interceptions on the day, two on balls that were tipped at the line of scrimmage.

The top ground gainer was true freshman Justin Johnson, who logged 17 rushes for 57 yards.

OU's next public scrimmage will take place April 5 at 1 p.m., at the stadium. Tickets are also on sale for the April 12 Red/White Spring Game, which is also slated to begin at 1 p.m.


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