Saturday, March 25, 2006

Defense Shines in First Sooner Scrimmage

The Sooners had their first scrimmage of the spring on Saturday and the defense was dominant. The offense scored only twice, a three-yard run by RB Allen Patrick and a five-yard scramble by QB Joey Halzle, and the linebacking corps showed that it could be just as strong, if not stronger, than last season. Strong side LB Ryan Reynolds topped the defense with five tackles and one interception. Weak side LB Rufus Alexander also have five tackles.

In all head coach Bob Stoops seemed to be pleased with the effort.
“It was only our second day in pads, so it was about what you would expect,” Stoops said. “We’re a little rusty, but I like the effort and attitude. We’re developing a lot of depth with a lot of young guys getting reps.”

Stoops was also pleased with the defense’s performance.

“We’re much farther along than a year ago,” he said. “There are just a lot fewer mistakes.”

Official Scrimmage Stats:

Patrick 10-28
Clapp 6-25
Bomar 3-25
Peterson 6-20
Halzle 1-5
Bomar 10-19-106 (1 INT)
Halzle 6-8-83
Strong 2-45
Kelly 2-34
Zaslaw 2-15
Whitson 1-22
Thompson 1-17
Finley 1-16
Eldridge 1-8
Iglesias 1-7
Peterson 1-7
Chaney 1-6
Gove 1-5
Clapp 1-4
Bothun 1-3
Reynolds 5 tackles, 1 INT
Alexander 5 tackles
Lofton 5 tackles
Holmes 5 tackles, 2 PBU
D. Williams 4 tackles
Smith 3 tackles, 2 PBU
Wolfe 3 tackles, 2 PBU
J.Carter 3 tackles
Q. Carter 2 tackles, 1 FF
Harris 2 tackles
Baker 2 tackles
Bowers 2 tackles, 1 PBU
I. Pleasant 2 tackles
Coleman: 2 tackles
Birdine: 2 tackles, 1 sack (-10 yards)
Bennett: 2 tackles, 1 sack (-5 yards), 1 PBU
Granger: 1 tackle, 1 FR, 1 PBU
Davis 1 tackle
Thibodeaux 1 tackle
A. English 1 tackle
L. Robinson 1 tackle
Clayton 1 tackle