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While most programs wouldn't consider a 10-3 record a sub-par season, most schools don't have to worry about yearly expectations that demand conference titles like they do in Norman every year.

"10 wins last year and co-champions in the Big 12, but we lost to Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl, so no, we're not pleased about that, so there's improvement to be made and our guys are excited about making that improvement," said Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops.

While Blake Bell, A.K.A the Bell-dozer, is the presumed favorite to take over for departed legend Landry Jones, Bob Stoops is quick to point out there's still a battle going on.

"We've got a couple of other guys who are in a good competition with him (Bell); Kendall Thompson and Trevor Knight to go along with Blake and we've never been too excited about naming a guy too early," said Stoops.

Competing with Bell for the Job is Kendall Thompson and Trevor Knight and all three have similar qualities.

"They are all very similar, all three are very athletic guys who can run and throw," said Fullback Trey Millard.

On defense, there's some holes to fill but it sounds like players are more familiar with second-year coordinator Mike Stoops' defensive scheme.

"I think we are more familiar with it; I have seen that in the spring and I have seen that this off-season; guys are going out and competing and not worried about what expects out of us, so now we can sit back and go play," said defensive back Aaron Colvin.


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