After the coaches and players greeted the fans at Meet the Sooners Day, Bob Stoops, Mike Stoops, Lincoln Riley, Baker Mayfield and Jordan Evans took the podium and spoke with the media. Here are some of the highlights:
Stoops: Overall, we'll be further along in our system ... Coaches know personnel's strengths, players know nuances of offense #Sooners— Eric Bailey (@EricBaileyTW) August 6, 2016
Considering that this is the second year in Lincoln Riley’s system, we can expect the offense to flow a bit better despite the glaring absence of Sterling Shepard.
Stoops said the guy who could kick Samia down to guard is RS freshman Bobby Evans. #Sooners— John Shinn (@john_shinn) August 6, 2016
Now THIS is interesting. We’ve assumed for a while now that Orlando Brown and Dru Samia would be the bookends on the offensive line for the next few years, but I guess that may not necessarily be the case.
Stoops heaps more praise on Mykel Jones, freshman WR. Also brings up Jordan Smallwood as someone who’s looking strong. #Sooners— Ryan Aber (@ryaber) August 6, 2016
It’s great to hear that Jones - one of the highest-rated prospects of the 2016 class - is looking like a possible impact player. It’s outstanding to hear that Smallwood is coming back into the fold after the injury he suffered last season. He’s always shown some upside, and it may finally be on display this season.
Stoops points out Quick as someone who has impressed in the secondary as of late #Sooners— C&C Machine (@CCMachine) August 6, 2016
Michiah Quick moved to cornerback in the spring, and he seems to be a bit of a natural at the position. He likely won’t be a starter this year, but it will be interesting to see if he is brought into the game in certain packages.
Stoops said Jordan Thomas’ status for the Houston has not been decided. #Sooners— John Shinn (@john_shinn) August 6, 2016
My guess is that Jordan has to stay on the straight-and-narrow and fulfill some obligations leading up to the season, but he’ll be on the field vs. Houston.
Lincoln Riley on what Samaje Perine did to put himself into position to break the OU rushing record...— Joe DuVall (@joeduvall) August 6, 2016
"He ran for a lot of yards."
Coach Riley speaks the truth.
Mike says Dakota Austin is the starter opposite of Thomas at corner at the moment— C&C Machine (@CCMachine) August 6, 2016
I’m fine with this. Dakota doesn’t have the upside of P.J. Mbanasor, but he filled in admirably against Texas Tech last season when Sanchez was out with an injury.
Mayfield says walk-on Nick Basquine may start this year at receiver— C&C Machine (@CCMachine) August 6, 2016
This is something that really popped out to me (and probably many who heard it). We've heard some stuff about Basquine, but it sounds like he'll really play this year.