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OU Football - Week 1 update

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Just a quick little rundown of some updates from game week and the lead up to the opener against Utah State.

  • Adrian Taylor will be "officially" a game time decision, but all indications are that he is going to play on Saturday.  He probably won't start and he will very likely see limited action, but the fact that he is even to the point that he can play at all on Saturday is a testament to the hard work he put in to rehab and get back quicker than anyone could have expected.  This is great news!
  • Coach Jackie Shipp discussed the DT position with the media on Monday and dropped this little nugget.  Evidently true freshman Daniel Noble and Torrea Peterson have both impressed enough this summer that they have both worked their way into the DT rotation.  Shipp announced that both are expected to play on Saturday and could see time throughout the season.  
  • Directly related to the news above, this season's theme appears to be "Beware the Frosh."  I cannot recall an incoming freshman class ever producing this many players who are expected to play in their first year.  Noble, Peterson, Corey Nelson, Aaron Colvin, Kenny Stills, Brennan Clay, Roy Finch, Trey Millard, Joe Powell, Trey Franks, Tony Jefferson, this is approaching ridiculous.  I'd put our underclassmen talent up against any other program in the country.  

 Finally, I have to include the following:

 

Tom Wort tore a knee ligament last year and ended up redshirting. 

 

"I'm just going to go out there and do what I've always done," Wort said. "I don't really know the expectations of me. I'm at Oklahoma, so I know the expectations are high. ... I'll feed off the crowd's energy, especially playing in front of 86,000. I'll be going nuts. I think the fans will really see that." 

 

Has he dreamed about delivering that first hit? 

 

"I have," he said. "It's all I've been thinking about, making that play."

 

Well Tom, my only expectation is that you go out and hit any and everything that moves.  I mentioned this in the comments of another story, but it absolutely warrants bringing it up again here.  Sooner fans should be just as excited to see Wort in action this year as they are to see The Hammer!