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Wednesday, August 5, 2009
On Oklahoma and beyond in Jacksonville

By Paul Kuharsky

Posted by's Paul Kuharsky

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Oklahoma drill is a great thing for the Jaguars.

It creates buzz and anticipation. It's become a tradition. It's something people won't likely see in any similar setting. There are full-speed collisions, popping pads, hoots from the players and fans alike.

That's why practice Wednesday night drew nearly 2,500 people.

But I must admit, for the hype that's built up from a couple of years of hearing about it, it was a bit underwhelming. It wasn't like the scene I was told about when Marcellus Wiley tossed a handful of candy at Mike Williams, then got clobbered by the giant offensive tackle after the stunt.

There were as many draws as wins and it's hard to know for sure what you saw in a very fast couple of seconds, so I'll send you elsewhere to more expert eyes for any sort of scorecard.

Julius Williams toppled Tony Pashos in one crowd-pleaser and linebacker Tim Shaw twice created major thumps against Zach Miller, but I felt like Miller did well enough to allow the running back to get somewhere.

It's very cool that Jack Del Rio does it -- fans, players, staff and media all enjoy it.

But there was plenty more to see as well, so here are some things that struck me: