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Stoops heaps praise on offensive line

Around this time last year, head coach Bob Stoops was very publicly taking his Big Uglies to the verbal woodshed, blasting the offensive line for it’s work ethic and attitude.

“Those guys are at this point, it’s just everything, whether it’s with their work ethic, their attitude, those things need to improve,” Stoops was quoted as saying March 3 of last year. “They haven’t had the winter everyone else has had. They right now are the weak link of the team.”

This year, it’s been a complete 180-degree turn as far as that unit is concerned.  Thus far.

Speaking to reporters ahead of the start of spring practice, Stoops said his line has “been one of our best groups” in the winter workout sessions.

I don’t think there’s any question that we’ll be better in the offensive line,” Stoops said according to Tulsa World, “because we played without so many of those seniors and all of the guys returning have experience now. And we will get Jarvis Jones and Ben Habern back for a good part of the spring. It hasn’t happened, but it’s likely to happen after spring break.”

Two injured lineman — center Ben Habern (broken leg) and guard/tackle Jarvis Jones (fractured heel) — won’t be available for the start of spring practice this week, but, after the team takes in spring break next week, will return to practice with the rest of the squad.

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  1. burntorangehorn says: Mar 8, 2010 4:37 PM

    Of course, Stoops and his coordinator both later heaped praise on the line leading up to the 2009 season. For some reason we always hear about how the current year’s line is the best ever, or how the backup tight end has become as good at center in a month as the graduated guy who started several years at the position before heading to the NFL.
    http://newsok.com/ou-football-notebook/article/3397416?custom_click=rss

  2. Bious says: Mar 8, 2010 7:28 PM

    Stoops better hope his OL is great because another UT loss may get his seat warm

  3. robert says: Mar 21, 2010 12:59 PM

    SO IF U BIOUS BELIEVES THIS BOUT STOOPS..THEN I GUESS BROWN OF TEXAS IN DEEP TROUBLE WITH ONLY 2 BIG 12 TITLES OUT OF 4 ATTEMPTS AND 4-6 AGAINST STOOPS..AND LOST 5 IN A ROW TO BROWN. ESPECIALLY HOW BAD TEXAS PLAYED LAST YR AGAINST OU WITH 7 TOP PLAYERS OUT INCLUDING THE BEST BRADFORD AND TIGHTEND GRESHAM..AND OUT PLAYED TEXAS..ON DEF AND OFFENSE..ONLY LOSING BY 3! COME ON TEXAS FANS WAKE UP..BROWN LOST BIG IN TITLE GAME HE PROB SHOULDNT OF BEEN IN! OKLA BEST TEAM HEATHY LAST YR…STOOPS WILL NEVER GET FIRED WITH THE MOST WINS..THE 6-1 BIG 12 RECORD, RECORD 4 APPEARANCES IN THE BIG NC DANCES, MORE BCS GAMES APPEARANCE THAT TEXAS WHO PLAYS MOSTLY IN SOME PODDOCK BOWL GAMES..LIKE 6-6 IOWA..COME ON GET REAL..BEST COACH SO FAR..TEXAS ONLY WINS THE BIG 12 WHEN OKLA INJURED OR REBUILDING..NEVER OTHER THAN THAT.

  4. robert says: Mar 21, 2010 1:03 PM

    correction that brown losing 5 in a row to stoops…
    and 2 of those loses were 64-13 and 65-14

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