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April 14, 2013

OU aiming to play best 11 on defense

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Light on returning stars

Oklahoma didn’t have its full personnel on either side of the ball Saturday. All-Big 12 performers cornerback Aaron Colvin, offensive linemen Gabe Ikard and fullback Trey Millard did not play.

Others were limited. Running back Damien Williams only had three carries and Jalen Saunders and Sterling Shepard only had two catches apiece.

 Injury free

The only injury to stop the game was to defensive end Rashod Favors. He had to be helped off the field after taking a shot to the throat in the second half, but OU coach Bob Stoops said he was fine.

Lingering injuries affected the Sooners on the offensive and defensive line this spring, but they don’t appear to have gained any.

QB commits

Edmond Santa Fe quarterback Justice Hansen committed to OU prior to the spring game. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound Hansen said prior to Saturday he would show at either OU’s or Texas A M’s spring game and that would be his college choice.

Hansen is a four-star prospect and top-10 pro style quarterback.

Oral commitments are non-binding. If Hansen does sign with OU in February, he’ll become the fourth in-state quarterback to sign with OU during Bob Stoops’ tenure, joining Jason White, Sam Bradford and Kendal Thompson.

Force in the middle

Defensive tackle Jordan Phillips had a productive day with three tackles and one of the defense’s four sacks.

“He had a good day today,” Stoops said. “Like a lot of young players it’s just being more consistent with it and realizing what you’re capable of and doing it every snap. But he has an awful lot of potential. That’s a big man in there that’s 320 or 325, 6-4 and can move. We’ve got to keep helping him learn and find more consistency. But there’s a lot of good potential there.”

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