Oklahoma Sooners: Utah State Aggies

3-point stance: Stoops' bowl success

December, 26, 2013
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1. With great fanfare 19 years ago, Joe Paterno of Penn State became the first coach to win every major bowl (Rose, Sugar, Orange, Fiesta and, for you oldsters, the Cotton). With a lot less fanfare, Bob Stoops of Oklahoma has a chance to match Paterno if the No. 11 Sooners can figure out a way to knock off No. 3 Alabama in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. Stoops is 0-1 in the Sugar; Oklahoma lost to LSU a decade ago in the BCS Championship Game.

2. Speaking of Paterno, one of his favorite methods of scouting recruits was to watch them play basketball. It gave him a different measure of their athleticism and competitive spirit. Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher, in discussing Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston’s prowess as a pitcher, told the Associated Press recently that he loves seeing recruits play another sport. This flies in the face of the 12-month-a-year commitment that is expected of most kids today. Here’s hoping Fisher’s message breaks through.

3. Watch the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl Thursday night when Northern Illinois has the ball. The Huskies have Heisman third-place finisher Jordan Lynch at quarterback and led the Mid-American Conference in every major offensive statistic. Utah State led the Mountain West in every major defensive statistic. In fact, the Aggies are the only MWC team to win by shutout this season. Utah State defeated Colorado State, 13-0, on Nov. 23.
Cornerback Stanvon Taylor (Tulsa, Okla./East Central) has reached double digits in scholarship offers with the help of a strong 36 hours occurring between all of Monday and Tuesday morning.

Taylor, a 5-foot-11, 165-pound junior cover back, picked up his eighth and ninth offers from Ole Miss and Iowa State, respectively, on Monday. His 10th offer came on Tuesday, as Arizona State extended a scholarship opportunity. Taylor has additional offers from Arkansas, Kansas State, Texas Tech, Arkansas State, Indiana, Tulsa and Utah State.

Taylor said he’s being recruited to Ole Miss by co-defensive coordinator Wesley McGriff and defensive line coach Chris Kiffin. He’s being recruited to Iowa State by receivers coach Luke Wells and to Arizona State by secondary coach Chris Ball and defensive coordinator Paul Randolph.

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Stanvon Taylor (Tulsa, Okla./East Central) is expected to be one of the 300-plus recruits in attendance for Sunday’s Nike Football Training Camp. He’s also planning to prove once and for all that he is 100 percent healthy.

Taylor, a 5-foot-11, 165-pound cornerback, broke the fibula and tore ligaments in his left leg during the first game of the 2011 season. He missed all of the season and is now on a mission to show college scouts that he hasn’t lost a step.

“Right now, I feel good. I played basketball this year, and now, I’m in track,” Taylor said. “I realize that schools has questions, I’m not letting it bother me. I’m just going out and working hard so that they [scouts] can’t tell anything ever happened. I feel once they check me out, I’ll be all right.”

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