Tag:Jonathan Nelson
Posted on: December 23, 2010 1:10 pm
Edited on: December 23, 2010 1:12 pm
 

Sooners don't know much about UConn

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Ask the Oklahoma Sooners what formations their Fiesta Bowl opponent from UConn like to use, what coverages they'll employ on third-and-long, what a specific bit of pre-snap motion from the Huskies means for the Sooners' alignment, and there's no question they'll know all of that.

But as for what they know about the actual UConn program, well, it looks like all that study of the opposing football team doesn't lead to a better understanding of the institution they represent, at least according to an impromptu quiz of Sooner players by the Oklahoman on the finer points of UConn information. For instance, when asked who the Huskies' head coach is ...
Randy Edsall needs a better publicist because nobody got this one right. Only [DeMarco] Murray ventured an actual guess with “isn't it like Al something?” which was actually not that far off. Al Golden , who last week took a job with Miami , coached Temple to victory over UConn this season. [Jonathan] Nelson declared he knew Edsall's face but couldn't place the name. [Kenny] Stills didn't know who coached UConn football, but correctly offered up the name of the women's basketball coach: “Geno Auriemma."
The Sooners also struggled mightily to name where UConn is located, to name their best player (All-American running back Jordan Todman), and even UConn's nickname, with multiple players going with "Huskers."

None of which means a thing other than it being fairly amusing, of course; no doubt a similar quiz applied to similar teams preparing for similar bowls would yield very, very similar results. But it's interesting to see that once bowl practice begins, the players' focus can be laser-guided enough that even things like the opponent's head coach name aren't worth learning when compared to the X's-and-O's.
 HT: DocSat

Posted on: November 29, 2010 1:34 pm
 

DeMarco Murray's status for weekend unknown

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Oklahoma went out and took care of its business on Saturday night, defeating its in-state rival Oklahoma State in Bedlam, and because of it, the Sooners are now on their way to Dallas to take on Nebraska in the Big 12 Championship.  Unfortunately for the Sooners, while they may have won the game, it looks like they may have lost a couple of starters as well.  Most notably, running back DeMarco Murray.

Murray injured his left knee in the fourth quarter when he took a helmet to it on a run.  He did not return to the game, and it seems possible that he may not be able to return in time for Saturday's game either.  Though Bob Stoops isn't entirely sure of anything concerning Murray at the moment.

"I'll have something a little more to say and make sure (the media) knows probably closer to practice or after practice," Stoops said Monday during his weekly teleconference.

Obviously, being without Murray would be a bit of a blow to the Sooners offense.  He's eclipsed 1,000 yards this season for the second time in his career. Along with Murray's status, the condition of starting safety Jonathan Nelson is also up in the air at the moment.  Nelson, who was second in tackles on the Oklahoma defense heading into Bedlam, suffered a concussion in the first quarter and did not return to the game.

He may miss the this week's game as well.
 
 
 
 
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