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April 14, 2013

OU aiming to play best 11 on defense

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Crank up the tunes

One change from previous spring games was that music was played throughout the game over the stadium’s speakers.

“We have music every day at practice, so why not have it during the game, and we thought the people would enjoy it,” Stoops said. “We thought, heck, rather than them hearing everything we’re telling them, they might as well enjoy some music. It added a little bit of atmosphere. You know I’m always thinking of that.”

There was a little bit of everything played from 70s to 80s to modern pop.

Stoops said one of the graduate assistants is usually in charge of the music.

Ward plays

Defensive end D.J. Ward did play Saturday. He was cleared by the NCAA to participate in practice this week and it was the first he played in something close to a game since his junior year of high school.

“He was anxious. I laughed. They saw him out there and ran the naked (bootleg) on him. There you go. He hasn’t been on the field for a year and a half, and you’re going to run the naked on him. Rotten offensive guys,” Stoops said. “It was good for him. I saw him on one of the pass rushes, they completed the ball, and he turned the corner and had the edge. He ended up slipping before getting to the quarterback, but it was good to see him do that.”

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