Perception vs. reality: Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops is 9-5 against Texas and will try to become the first Sooner coach to claim 10 wins in the Red River Rivalry.
While OU has won the 2000 national title and claimed eight Big 12 championships over the last 14 seasons, there’s always been a perception the Sooners were doing it mostly with players Texas did not want.
Stoops wasn’t buying that Monday.
“As far as recruiting, and I’m not comparing to them or anyone, but we like whatever stars we’ve got. We like our players. When we recruit a guy or decide to offer him, it isn’t because of how many stars. We like how he fits. We may like some intangibles. We may like how tough he is. All kinds of different reasons. I feel we’ve got good players, too,” he said. “Fortunately in some of these games, the last few, we’ve played well. You say me and Mack? Mack and I don’t play. At the end of the day, it’s players on the field. Last year we played well. Guys executed and played well in all parts of the games.”
Stoops is currently tied with Barry Switzer and Bud Wilkinson with nine wins against the Longhorns. Switzer went 9-5-2 during his 16 seasons from 1973-1988. Wilkinson went 9-8 from 1947-63.
Nelson explores redshirt possibilities: Senior linebacker Corey Nelson will petition the NCAA for a medical redshirt following Saturday’s season-ending pectoral injury against TCU.
“We’ll start going through that whole process with our administration,” Stoops said. “So we’ll see where it leads.”
Nelson, a senior, hasn’t redshirted before, but has already played in the five games this season.
Phillips still questionable: OU still doesn’t know if defensive tackle Jordan Phillips will be able to play against Texas. He missed the TCU game due to a non-football related ailment. If he can’t go, OU will rotate Jordan Wade and Torrea Peterson at the spot against Texas.