BY JASON KERSEY

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, speaking to reporters after practice Thursday, called junior-college defensive tackle signee Quincy Russell a “huge difference maker.”

Russell (6-foot-3, 300 pounds), who is expected to enroll at OU in January, originally signed with Texas out of high school, but was forced to spend two years at Trinity Valley (Texas) Community College after failing to qualify academically.

“We're excited about him,” Stoops said.

Punter Jed Barnett, from Laney Community College, also signed with Oklahoma on Wednesday, the opening day of the junior college midterm signing period.


“Jed's a heck of a punter too,” Stoops said.

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