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August 20, 2013

DT Quincy Russell to go full speed for Sooners

OU football notebook

Oklahoma’s waited eight months for juco defensive tackle Quincy Russell to get on the practice field. He finally arrived in Norman late last week and will get to show teammates and coaches what he can do today.

He was limited to shorts and a helmet for the Sooners’ first two practices due to NCAA rules. Today, he’ll be able to do everything.

“He’s been kind of a mystery. He just appeared out of nowhere. Hey, that’s that guy,” OU center Gabe Ikard said after Monday’s practice. “I’m glad to have him and it can’t hurt to have another big body at (defensive) tackle. From what we’ve heard, he’s a very good player. I’m excited to get to practice against him and get each other better. Hopefully he can help us by getting on the field and making some plays.”

Russell, who originally signed with Texas in 2011 but wound up attending Trinity Valley (Texas) Community College the last two years, has been considered an essential piece to rebuilding the defensive line.

Since Russell has been able to participate in OU’s last two practices, the coaching staff at least knows what kind of shape he’s in.

OU coach Bob Stoops said Russell arrived in Norman in fine condition and expects him to play in the Aug. 31 season opener against Louisiana-Monroe.

“I don’t think there’s any question he’ll be ready to play by the first game. He’s in pretty good shape really,” Stoops said.

Ikard named to CBS All-American team

OU center Gabe Ikard was named to CBSSports.com’s preseason All-American team Monday. It was the third major media outlet to place the offensive lineman on its preseason All0american squad.

Ikard, a senior out of Bishop McGuinness in Oklahoma City, was named to Sports Illustrated’s and ESPN.com’s preseason All-American teams earlier this month.

Ikard was the only Sooner named to CBSSports.com’s team. The Big 12 Conference landed three more players on the first team in Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk and guard Cyril Richardson, and TCU cornerback Jason Verett.

Baylor wide receiver Tevin Reese, TCU defensive end Devonte Fields and Texas defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat were second-team selections.

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