After checking in yesterday, the Oklahoma Sooners hit the practice field for the first time this morning. Going only with helmets, shorts, and jerseys, the team practiced without pads but that doesn't mean that they didn't get physical. Working on fundamentals, technique, and alignments, the coaches got their first look at the team since the spring and the first time for the newcomers on an OU practice field. Despite moving into the Everest Center due to the rain, the team was able to go through a full team workout.
One player who looked particularly crisp was junior receiver Durron Neal. Having played in all thirteen games of 2013, with two starts, Neal caught 13 passed for 176 yards. According to a source at the practice Thursday morning, the receiver looked quick, had great technique, and showed solid hands in the passing drills. He was also able to put "regular" separation between himself and defensive backs.
Keep in mind that this was the first practice of camp and while we're glad to hear about Neal's good outing we don't know who the defensive backs were that he was going against and, for the most part, it was done in non-contact drills.
Behind Sterling Shepard (51 receptions/7 touchdowns), Neal is Oklahoma's second leading returning receiver.