Sep 7, 2013; Norman, OK, USA; Oklahoma Sooners receiver Durron Neal (5) prior to the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Red-Eye Rewind: A few Oklahoma Sooners looking to prove themselves in fall

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Embedded: Sterling Shepard


SoonerSports.com sat down with junior wide receiver Sterling Shepard to get to know him a bit better off-the-field. Sooner Sports

Oklahoma football: Durron Neal hopes patience pays off this season

Durron Neal expected to be a star by now. Coming in two years ago as a four-star recruit and the No. 9 wide receiver in the country by Rivals.com, the St. Louis product thought he was ticketed for quick success. Instead, Neal has had just 18 catches for 251 yards and has yet to score a touchdown in two seasons for Oklahoma. “It can be frustrating but Coach Jay (Norvell) and my parents always told me just to humble yourself and God has a plan for everybody,” Neal said. “Everybody’s road is different. You just can’t get frustrated when it doesn’t look good at first.” NewsOK

Stoops Going Strong Entering Season No. 16

On Dec. 1, 1998, Bob Stoops was introduced as Oklahoma’s new football coach as he stood on the front steps at Evans Hall in the North Oval. On Saturday afternoon, Stoops spoke at the team’s annual Media Day for the 16th time. That Stoops was available to accept the OU job was somewhat surprising. That he has remained here this long more than qualifies as shocking. A 38-year-old Stoops arrived in Norman as the former assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at Florida under coach Steve Spurrier. Sooner Sports

Oklahoma football notebook: Tight end Blake Bell shines in Oklahoma drill

A year ago, running back Keith Ford made a splash in the first few days of practice when he ran over Jordan Phillips during the Oklahoma drill. Monday, the Sooners went back through the annual rite of preseason practices. This time, it was tight end Blake Bell who made the biggest impression during the drill, pushing back linebacker Geneo Grissom to one side while running back David Smith easily ran on the back side of the block. NewsOK

Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame Adds 6

Oklahoma’s most prestigious sports honor has officially added six new members to the fold. The Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame inducted former Oklahoma Quarterback J.C. Watts, former OSU Defensive Tackle Leslie O’Neal, Mayor Mick Cornett, rodeo star Roy Cooper, and posthumously inducts former baseball catcher Darrell Porter as well as former OU baksetball star Gerald Tucker. JC Watts was born in Eufala, Oklahoma and quarterbacked the Sooners to two straight Orange Bowl victories in the 80’s. KFOR

Which Red River Showdown QB Is Under the Most Pressure This Fall?

At Oklahoma and Texas, pressure comes standard. The starting quarterbacks of each respective program—Trevor Knight and David Ash—are feeling similar pressure to live up to expectations in 2014. The Sooners and Longhorns are in different places, however. Oklahoma is ranked No. 3 in the Amway Preseason Coaches Poll and have national championship aspirations. Anything less could be a major disappointment. Texas, ranked No. 24 in the same poll, is starting over under first-year head coach Charlie Strong. With the 15th-toughest schedule in the nation, according to Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com, and numerous suspensions/dismissals, it’s hard to know exactly what to make of the Horns. Fitting into those storylines are Knight and Ash, both of whom are looking to chase down Baylor’s Bryce Petty as the top quarterback in the conference. Bleacher Report

Trust is deciding factor for Oklahoma in running back selection

There’s no running back on campus with any sort of real track record. There’s little-to-no experience and there’s not a single back who has a true, established resume. There’s plenty of talent, but when coaches make the decision on who will ultimately be given the bulk of the carries when the Sooners open their season against Louisiana Tech later this month, it won’t be talent that will be the deciding factor. It’s going to be trust. Fox Sports

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