OU football notebook: Waiting for his turn
BY ERIC BAILEY World Sports Writer
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
11/07/12 at 3:53 AM
Brennan Clay met with the media this week, fresh off his career-high 157-yard rushing performance against Iowa State.
Will he get an opportunity to match his personal-best 24 carries in Saturday's home game against Baylor? It's unknown early this week, as starter Damien Williams is still tending to an ankle issue.
Clay admitted that it was difficult to wait for his opportunity to play.
"I really consider this another Running Back U. Like SC (Southern California), a couple of other schools," Clay said. "Anybody can go down at any moment. You've just got to be able to step up and take your turn. I was able to do it. I was blessed enough to be able to do so."
Developing chemistry: Justin Brown is the Sooners' No. 2 wide receiver in terms of receptions and yardage.
Brown, a Penn State transfer, didn't join the Sooners until fall camp had already started. Was there any worries that his inclusion would disrupt any chemistry that the team had already developed?
"There would be if you had a bunch of guys who'd already played," OU coach Bob Stoops said. "We were sitting here with a bunch of guys who hadn't played. The only guy we had was Kenny Stills. It was as simple - very easy."
About that Bears defense: Stoops was asked about the Baylor defense, which has struggled much of the season.
The Bears rank last nationally in total defense and allow 527.3 yards per game - nearly 30 yards more than the next-to-last defense.
Stoops was complimentary in his answer: "Sound, cover 4 team with a four-man front, mostly. They'll sneak in blitzes here and there to come after you; like everyone does, they pick their times to come after you with the blitz."
Stoops pointed to Baylor's 41-14 victory over Kansas last weekend.
"They played really well this past week against Kansas. I think they gave up 14 points. A few people have scored some points on them, but they've done a good job."
One thing worth mentioning - Kansas hasn't reached the 20-point mark in the past five games.
The #14 Foundation holds annual food drive: Oklahoma co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel's The #14 Foundation will accept cash donations at the Memorial Stadium gates prior to Saturday's game against Baylor.
It's the 12th year for the drive, which began while Heupel was quarterback at OU in 2000. More than 130,000 meals have been served since its inception.
Donations are expected to provide 30,000 meals in at least 10 Oklahoma communities this year.
Contributions can also been mailed to 14 Foundation, P.O. Box 721686, Norman, OK 73070.
Calling the action: Saturday's Baylor-OU game will be broadcast on Fox Sports Net (Cox cable 27). Steve Physioc (play-by-play), Jayice Pearson (analyst) and Laura McKeeman (sideline) will handle the broadcast.
Sept. 1: at UTEP W, 24-7
Sept. 8: vs. Florida A&M W, 69-13
Sept. 22: vs. Kansas State L, 24-19
Oct. 6: at Texas Tech W, 41-20
Oct. 13: vs. Texas W, 63-21
Oct. 20: vs. Kansas W, 52-7
Oct. 27: vs. Notre Dame L, 30-13
Nov. 3: at Iowa State W, 35-20
Nov. 10: vs. Baylor (FSOK) 2:30 p.m.
Nov. 17: at West Virginia (KOKI) 6 p.m.
Nov. 24: vs. Oklahoma State TBD
Dec. 1: at Texas Christian TBD