Thursday News, Notes & More

Cougar DL at Friday Night Lights

A few items we haven’t gotten to this week:

Moore Problems: Today’s indefinite suspension of safety Jordan Moore puts a lot of pressure on the safety and nickel positions this Sunday. I had Moore penciled in at nickel but now that job will fall to either Gervarrius Owens or Grant Stuard. Stuard will get a bunch of reps but I believe Owens will get the nod due to his versatility and physicality. That’s the type of player you want out there in the opening drive to set the tempo.

If you recall, Gervarrius grew up 5 miles from the Palace on the Prairie.

Owens talked about it with us in June:

GoCoogs: You’ve got two games this year in Oklahoma this year.
 
Owens: Yes sir (laughing).
 

GoCoogs: Norman is 5 miles from Southmoore (Owens’ high school). This is a home game for you.
 
Owens: Yes sir (laughing again).
 

GoCoogs: What will it be like starting your career at OU?
 
Owens: Man, it’s gonna to be something. It’s gonna be real special getting to go back home, you know.
 
Doing high school and JUCO in Oklahoma, I know a lot of OU fans. So, you know, they’ve already been joking about the game and things like that.
 
My first day needs to be in Norman. You couldn’t ask for anything better. It’s going to be real special and I’m gonna definitely try to put on a show.

Moore’s departure also puts added pressure on the defensive line. It will be critical to frustrate the revamped OU offensive line and put pressure on Jalen Hurts. Among the guys that will be in the rotation up front, several coaches pointed out the work that Blake Young and Aymiel Fleming have put in.

“They work as hard and care as much as anybody I’ve ever coached,” one assistant said. He also said that both players …

 
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