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Sooners enter season with flair, old rivalry with NU may ignite
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most formidable in putting OU back on
The Sooners led the conference in
total offense (13* in the nation), pass
ing offense (ninth in the nation) and
were eighth nationally in scoring
offense. Heupel led the conference in
passing yards and total offense.
Mangino expects die senior-to-be to
only get better.
“He’s been very consistent in spring
ball so far,” Mangino said. “His feet are
a lot quicker. He’s put on some body
weight He’s more muscular.”
Of course, with their surprising and
newfound success from last year will
come a much bigger target on Heupel
and the Sooners’ back this season.
Defenses now expect OU to pass more
than 40 times a game. In fact, their sys
tem is so popular now, Mangino expects
two other Big 12teams to adopt the sys
RECORD: 7-5 overall, 5-3 Big 12
OUTLOOK: The throwing game for
the Soonen is strong, and OU has enough
defense to contend for the Big 12 South
tem in 2000.
Still, Mangino, who led a more
dominant rushing attack at K-State,
said little will change in Soonerland.
But he’s not quick to predict any super
battles with teams like Nebraska just
“I don’t know if feeling pressure is
the best way to say it” Mangino said.
“People will have a bit better prepara
tion for us. We’re not looking at any
games on our schedule and saying
‘That’s a victory’ yet. This program has
a ways to go. We’re nowhere near where
we need to be.”
H Certainly, we’d
love that kind of
OU offensive coordinator
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