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kick against Iowa State. With Curtis Bolton injured, might there be more opportunity for DeBerry?
Other questions kept Riley from getting too far into why DeBerry moved to offense, but Riley explained that DeBerry missed fall camp with a medical issue and is just now returning to health.
“He’s back healthy,” Riley said. “He’s lost some weight from that, so putting some weight back on him.”
DeBerry was a big time recruit out of Atlee High School in Virginia, but to this point he has only five total tackles in his OU career. He’ll likely be behind Dimitri Flowers, Carson Meier and Jaxon Uhles on offense, and this leaves OU with only five scholarship linebackers: Kenneth Murray, Emmanuel Beal, Caleb Kelly, Jon Michael Terry, and hybrid d end Ogbonnia Okoronkwo.
Tuesday, defensive coordinator Mike Stoops even mentioned walk on Bryan Mead as a candidate to see playing time, and hybrid backer Mark Jackson could also see an expanded role.
“Just got some guys that are going to have to step up,” Riley said. “Jon Michael Terry has been really making some progress after missing a lot of time in camp with that injury. I think that makes it probably more important. Mark Jackson is a guy that has really come along and has taken some strides early in the year. It’s going to make those guys’ roles certainly more important for us. Some of them will have to do a little bit of double duty, as well.”
Here are a few other interesting topics Riley touched on:
Reports continue to be good on injured offensive lineman Cody Ford, who will likely play Saturday. “He’s played well,” Riley said. “He’s fresh, healthy. Not too much rust, at least so far at practice from some of the time missed. I think he’ll be ready to go.”
One thing that helps OU sell recruits from out of state? The Oklahoma City Thunder. (And yes, Riley has kept up with recent roster moves). “I don’t want to say credibility, but it’s given it a little something having a professional sports team right here at home,” Riley said. “It’s been big with the success of some of the star players that we’ve had here with the Thunder. That’s helped as well. I think it helps paint the picture for guys a little bit. Yeah, we got this college town, but you can go 20 minutes up the interstate and watch Russell Westbrook and now Paul George and Carmelo and all those guys play. The guys who have never been here, I think it helps paint the picture a little bit more.”
Riley watched and Tweeted about ESPN’s feature on the Iowa Wave last week. The wave involves Iowa fans waving to a children’s hospital that overlooks Kinnick Stadium and sending messages to hospitalized children.
“That’s as good as it gets,” Riley said. There’s so many great traditions in college football, but then to have one that involves helping young children that are sick, I don’t know how it gets any better than that.”
Riley himself is active in work at The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital in Bethany.
“I’ve always been drawn to kids, to young people, and I have a soft spot in my heart for ones who have especially gone through tough things, them and their families,” Riley said. “One of the great things about this job, not just here but other places, that it sometimes provides you an opportunity to help and to support. Any time I’ve gotten a chance to do it, I’ve always jumped at it.”