Oklahoma drill

The Oklahoma drill[1] is an American football practice technique used to test players in confined full contact situations. The technique was developed by Oklahoma Sooners coach Bud Wilkinson.[2]

Description

The drill is called "Oklahoma drill" because Oklahoma coach Bud Wilkinson created it. The drill has several variations. The most common involves two players lined up three yards opposite one another. A corridor is set up typically using three blocking bags on each side of the players lined up top to bottom to create a wall, and the walls are spaced about one yard apart. This creates an area of about three feet by nine feet. The two players, at the sound of the whistle, then run at one another and the drill is over when one of the players is on the ground, or if a ball carrier is involved when he is tackled. If a player is able to drive the other player out of the corridor, that also ends the drill.

Prevalence

Many high school and college teams use the Oklahoma drill as a way to kick off the first day of full contact practice.[1] While often criticized as excessive, it can be a critical tool used by coaches to evaluate players that might have looked good in non-contact drills, but have yet to face full contact. Other times the drill is used simply to get players in the proper mind-set for full contact practices, especially in high school and college, where many times players have gone up to eight months doing only non-contact drills.

In the NFL, some team owners and coaches do not allow the Oklahoma drill. Notable exceptions include the Chargers, and the Bengals[3] who use the drill as a kind of celebration of the first day of full-contact practices. Veterans and high-profile NFL players rarely participate in pit drills owing to the higher risk of injury. One of the last holdouts, the Jaguars last ran the Oklahoma drill in the 2011 training camp under former head coach Jack Del Rio.[4] On October 7, 2015, Dan Campbell reportedly used the Oklahoma drill to begin his first practice as interim head coach of the Miami Dolphins.[5] On July 29, 2018, the Detroit Lions reportedly used the Oklahoma drill during practice under first year head coach Matt Patricia.[6]

References

  1. ^ a b "Today's players don't know the drill". The Boston Globe. July 29, 2006.
  2. ^ "OU football and Bud Wilkinson's gift to football: The Oklahoma Drill". newsok.com. August 21, 2010.
  3. ^ "YouTube". www.youtube.com. Retrieved 22 October 2017.
  4. ^ "O-Zone: Sad reality". Retrieved 22 October 2017.
  5. ^ Jackson, Zac. "Interim Dolphins coach busts out Oklahoma drill". ProFootballTalk. NBCSports. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  6. ^ Meinke, Kyle. "Lions training camp observations, Day 3: Frank Ragnow shines in first padded practice". MLIVE. Advance Local Media LLC. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
1901 Oklahoma Sooners football team

The 1901 Oklahoma Sooners football team was an American football team that represented the University of Oklahoma as an independent during the 1901 college football season. In its first year under head coach Fred Roberts, the team compiled a 3–2 record and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 93 to 29.The team played two games against the Texas Longhorns, the first two meetings in the rivalry that later became known as the Red River Showdown.

1904 Oklahoma Sooners football team

The 1904 Oklahoma Sooners football team represented the University of Oklahoma in the 1904 college football season. In their only year under head coach Fred Ewing, the Sooners compiled a 4–3–1 record, and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 204 to 96. This would be the first year that the Sooners would play Oklahoma A&M in the Bedlam Series. This game is known as the infamous Ball in the Creek Game

1914 Oklahoma Sooners football team

The 1914 Oklahoma Sooners football team represented the University of Oklahoma in the 1914 college football season. In their 10th year under head coach Bennie Owen, the Sooners compiled a 9–1–1 record, and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 440 to 96.

1918 Oklahoma Sooners football team

The 1918 Oklahoma Sooners football team represented the University of Oklahoma in the 1918 college football season. In their 14th year under head coach Bennie Owen, the Sooners compiled a 6–0 record (2–0 against conference opponents), and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 278 to 7.No Sooners were recognized as All-Americans.No Sooners received All-Southwest Conference honors.

1919 Oklahoma Sooners football team

The 1919 Oklahoma Sooners football team represented the University of Oklahoma in the 1919 college football season. In their 15th year under head coach Bennie Owen, the Sooners compiled a 5–2–3 record (2–1 against conference opponents), and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 275 to 63.No Sooners were recognized as All-Americans.Four Sooners received All-Southwest Conference honors: Paul Johnston, Hugh McDermott, Sol Swatek, Claude Tyler.

1928 Oklahoma Sooners football team

The 1928 Oklahoma Sooners football team represented the University of Oklahoma in the 1928 college football season. In their second year under head coach Adrian Lindsey, the Sooners compiled a 5–3 record (3–2 against conference opponents), finished in third place in the Big Six Conference, and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 120 to 88.No Sooners received All-America honors in 1928, though end Tom Churchill received all-conference honors.

1951 Oklahoma Sooners football team

The 1951 Oklahoma Sooners football team represented the University of Oklahoma during the 1951 college football season. They played their home games at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium and competed as members of the Big Seven Conference. They were coached by head coach Bud Wilkinson.

1958 Oklahoma Sooners football team

The 1958 Oklahoma Sooners football team represented the University of Oklahoma during the 1958 NCAA University Division football season. They played their home games at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium and competed as members of the Big Seven Conference. They were coached by head coach Bud Wilkinson.

1959 Oklahoma Sooners football team

The 1959 Oklahoma Sooners football team represented the University of Oklahoma during the 1959 NCAA University Division football season. They played their home games at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium and competed as members of the Big Seven Conference. They were coached by head coach Bud Wilkinson.

1960 Oklahoma Sooners football team

The 1960 Oklahoma Sooners football team represented the University of Oklahoma during the 1960 NCAA University Division football season. They played their home games at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium and competed as members of the Big Eight Conference. They were coached by head coach Bud Wilkinson.

1962 Oklahoma Sooners football team

The 1962 Oklahoma Sooners football team represented the University of Oklahoma during the 1962 NCAA University Division football season. They played their home games at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium and competed as members of the Big Eight Conference. They were coached by head coach Bud Wilkinson.

1963 Oklahoma Sooners football team

The 1963 Oklahoma Sooners football team represented the University of Oklahoma during the 1963 NCAA University Division football season. They played their home games at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium and competed as members of the Big Eight Conference. They were coached by head coach Bud Wilkinson, who would retire from coaching after the conclusion of the season.

1964 Oklahoma Sooners football team

The 1964 Oklahoma Sooners football team represented the University of Oklahoma during the 1964 NCAA University Division football season. They played their home games at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium and competed as members of the Big Eight Conference. They were coached by first–year head coach Gomer Jones.

Boomer and Sooner

Boomer and Sooner are two matching white ponies who pull the Sooner Schooner, a Conestoga wagon across the field when the University of Oklahoma football team scores. The Sooner Schooner is the true mascot of the team, bringing to mind the pioneers who settled Indian Territory during the 1889 Land Run and were the original "Sooners". The Sooner Schooner represents the University of Oklahoma as a mascot for the University and its sports teams, the Oklahoma Sooners.

Boyd Field

Boyd Field was a stadium in Norman, Oklahoma that hosted the University of Oklahoma Sooners football team from 1905 until they moved to Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in 1923. The stadium held 11,000 people at its peak and was opened in 1905. The stadium was named after former university president, David Ross Boyd.

List of Oklahoma Sooners starting quarterbacks

This is a list of the starting quarterbacks for the Oklahoma Sooners football teams since 1950.

Play Like a Champion Today

Play Like a Champion Today is a saying that both the University of Oklahoma Sooners and the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish football programs have used over the years. Its origin before being used before the late 1940s is unknown.

The Oklahoma Heismen

The Oklahoma Heismen is a 2005 documentary made by Vintage Sports Productions.

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