Big 12 spring game recap: Oklahoma

April, 20, 2010
4/20/10
1:45
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What happened:

  • The senior-picked teams were supposed to be even, but the White team beat the Red team 23-0 in a game with real scoring.
  • Landry Jones threw two touchdown passes on 17 of 34 passing for 211 yards for the White team.
  • 16,481 fans showed up to a rainy, chilly Owen Field.
What we learned:

  • First and foremost, Oklahoma may have found an answer to its problems at receiver. Granted, it thought the same thing last season with Adron Tennell, but the upside of early enrollee Kenny Stills has to be encouraging. Stills had impressed all spring and won spring game MVP honors after catching six passes for 84 yards and a touchdown. Ryan Broyles doesn't necessarily need help to produce, but Jones might. Stills should contribute early for the unit that struggled throughout last season. Dejuan Miller would be the likely No. 2 at the position, but he had an underwhelming day with just one catch for 38 yards.
  • Kind of a bizarre display by senior linebacker Travis Lewis, who had some fun talking smack all week and backed it up during the game so he could talk some more afterward. Lewis even playfully picked up a penalty flag and tossed it at offensive lineman Cory Brandon. He had two sacks and correctly predicted a White team shutout, showing up to postgame interviews in all white, including a white hat and dark sunglasses. Lewis was just having fun because it's spring, but defensive coordinator Brent Venables says the flamboyance isn't permanent.
  • Oklahoma fans wanted to see The Hammer, Ronnell Lewis, have a big day, but redshirt freshman linebacker Tom Wort stole the show with a sack and a Bosworthian red Mohawk. Ronnell Lewis did have a tackle for loss and forced a fumble.
  • The weather didn't help, but Oklahoma is far from settled at kicker. Jimmy Stevens made three field goals inside 40 yards, but his 39-yarder clanged off the upright before making it through. Walk-on Patrick O'Hara is the likely starter after taking starting job from Stevens, a kicker who set the national record with 50 career field goals during his high school career. But O'Hara missed two 43-yarders. It's a good bet that whoever starts the season at kicker for the Sooners won't finish it.
They said it:

"I'm going to hold the mustard. Whoever wants mustard for their hot dog, I'm gonna have it."

-- Oklahoma linebacker Travis Lewis, on Monday night's post-spring meal. The winning team, Lewis' White squad, gets steak. The losers get hot dogs and baked beans.

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