Once again the defense had the upper hand on the offense. In a scrimmage type of setting it seems like the defense will always have the upper hand because they are able to have a grasp on what plays the offense is going to be running.
The team ran through 92 plays, but Coach Stoops admitted afterwards that only practicing once throughout the last week may have caused the team to look a little more rusty than expected.
The quarterbacks had a decent day. Sam Bradford completed 13-of-20 passes for 158 yards and a score, while back-up front-runner Joey Halzle went 14-of-22 for 177 yards.
“I think it was better than last Saturday, minus the penalties, obviously we can not have that, especially if we want to win championships,” Bradford informed SoonerSports.com “That is something that just kills you. Other than that I though we played well today.”
The defense put the clamps down on the rushing game. The most notable runner was Mossis Madu who carried the rock 11 times for 38 yards. True freshman and early enrollee Justin Johnson got a taste of the end zone, but was limited to 11 yards on nine carries.
Jermaine Gresham, who racked up 52 yards and a score on the day, figures to play an integral role in the offense next season, and he has been showing why he could be considered one of the top players in the NFL draft, whenever the time comes.
“He is a really versatile player. I think he is very valuable to this offense,” Bradford added.
The defense held the offensive unit to a total of 493 yards. Once again Keenan Clayton looked good and led all OU defenders with 11 tackles. Coach Stoops did admits that he was concentrating a little bit more on what is happening on the defensive side of the ball.
“I have got to be honest I am watching the defense more,” Stoops responded when asked about the quarterbacks. “That is what I am used to watching. I am watching the secondary more than anything.
One player that has definitely impressed this spring is Brian Jackson.
“I think BJack has had a really good spring,” Bradford informed. “He is out there and he makes really good reads. He gets in and out of his breaks. He has played well this spring.”
Punter Mike Knall continued to impress and averaged 43.8 yards on 11 punts.