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July 24, 2013

Sooners could put brakes on up-tempo offense

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DALLAS — The OU coach said Tuesday some of the were personnel, but others were schematic.

“Some of our schemes were stronger in pass coverage and pass defense overall. That part worked and was positive. But we hurt ourselves too much in the run game,” Stoops said. “We’ve got to adjust some of that and be better at what we’re asking our guys to do, overall on defense and up front. Then there’s times there where guys needed to physically be in a better position to make the play. It’s always a combination of all of it.”

No comparison: Bell has drawn comparison’s to former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow since he started running the ball out of the Belldozer package in 2011.

But Ikard said the comparisons should stop there.

“He throws the ball better than Tebow. Just watch the motion. He’s strong and he’s accurate. He’s very good when it comes to throwing the deep ball,” Ikard said.

Feeling the heat?: Stoops is about to begin his 15th season and he’s eight wins away from matching Barry Switzer’s school record win total of 157.

Nonetheless, there are fans grumbling because OU has won’t a national title since 2000 or played for once the 2008 season.

Stoops admitted he’s understood for years that he can’t keep everyone happy.

“I do feel appreciated by our fans, administration, and everybody. I’ve never been appreciated by everybody, even in 2000,” Stoops said. “So not everyone’s going to — that’s always going to be the case, and any time you’ve been somewhere 15 years, that’s something to consider.”

Hanging on every word: Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby has a fan in Ikard. The Sooner center watched the commissioner’s press conference Monday. Ikard is behind Bowlsby in calling for changes with the NCAA.

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