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Thursday, July 26, 2012
Triple Option: Frosh Shepard impressing

By Jake Trotter

Every weekday morning, a member of the SoonerNation gives his take on three things happening in the Sooner sports world.

1. The role of third WR behind Kenny Stills and Trey Metoyer remains a total crapshoot, but the edge right now has to go to Sterling Shepard. While LaColtan Bester and Courtney Gardner have had to finish up school elsewhere, Shepard has been getting tons of work in with quarterback Landry Jones. In fact, Shepard apparently caught passes from Jones while QB guru George Whitfield Jr. was in Norman. As Jones said, we won’t know until Shepard puts on the pads. But going into fall camp, he’s probably the odds-on favorite to open the season as OU’s third starting receiver.

2. This week, coaches around the country have descended on State College, Pa., to attempt to poach away Penn State’s roster. The NCAA ruled that Penn State’s players could transfer without penalty, and that Penn State transfers would not count against another school’s 85-man scholarship limit. As a result, it’s become open season. But it seems against the odds that the Sooners will take advantage of this unprecedented ruling by the NCAA. Because of the wide proximity, the Sooners almost never go against Penn State for recruits, and OU’s coaches do not seem to have the requisite connections to the area. Don’t rule OU out, but don’t expect a windfall of Penn State players, either.

3. Bob Stoops was extremely loose at Big 12 media days this week. When Stoops is loose, it usually means he thinks he has a good team. When Stoops is loose, it’s never a bad sign. We’ll see how he handles today’s ESPN car wash in Bristol, Conn.

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