, Muskogee, OK


April 3, 2013

OU quarterback situation still up for grabs


 Impressing opponents

The defensive lineman who is drawing raves from OU’s offensive linemen is tackle Jordan Phillips. The 6-foot-6, 324-pound sophomore has become a force this spring.

“He’s so athletic and moves so well and he has long arms,” center Ty Darlington said. “I have ended up in some mismatches with him sometimes. He’s made me look like a child a couple times. He’s a handful.”

Phillips only had six tackles in 11 games last season. The feeling among the guys he’s been butting heads with all spring is his production level will rise.

“He’s come a long way. He’s a big, strong, physical player that’s also really quick and can move,” guard Bronson Irwin said. “I’ve gone against him two years now, and I see him developing a lot and learning the game and technique-things and becoming a solid player.”

 Don’t change it

In both the NFL and college football, rule changes have been made to reduce the impact of kickoffs. Kickers are kicking off from the 35-yard line to create more touchbacks. Blocking rules have been changed in recent years to reduce collisions.

Boulware, however, believes kickoffs are the most exciting part of the game.

“I love the enthusiasm that it brings to the game. I think that, when you kickoff and you have fans in their seat … the very first kickoff of the game, there’s nothing like the first kickoff of the game and the excitement that it brings,” he said. “On the other side of it, from the return standpoint, I like that part, too. When you come back in the second half and the other team kicks to you and you ram it down their throats, that’s pretty exciting. That can change the whole outcome of a game.

“The swings of a game can be dictated in your kickoff and kickoff return units. They have the ability to do that and I like that part of the game. I don’t want to get rid of it, but it’s not my decision.”

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