For a week that started so dark for Oklahoma regarding its defensive line, the last couple of days have been a breath of fresh air.
The summer-long saga regarding junior college defensive tackle Quincy Russell is over. Russell officially arrived at OU on Wednesday and is going to be a huge addition for the interior of the line.
Russell was hoping to arrive in Norman, Okla., since January, but for one reason or another there was one delay after another. OU coach Bob Stoops has always remained pretty positive about the Russell situation.
When he spoke about the situation Tuesday, Stoops said he remained hopeful Russell would arrive. Russell broke the news on his Facebook page.
Because of OU's lack of depth and experience at the position, Russell should be able to come in and make an impact once he gets acclimated to his surroundings. Russell is already practicing with the team.
The other news is regarding freshman defensive end D.J. Ward. It was revealed last week Ward hasn't been practicing with the team because of a spleen issue. Stoops cleared up the situation Tuesday and said Ward was having his spleen removed.
Stoops has yet to comment on the situation, but Ward has tweeted several positive replies to say the procedure was a success. A sample of the tweets:
"Everything went well."
"I got up and walked."
"Time to see if I have that @AdrianPeterson recovery ability haha."
"I kinda wanna see it… doc said it was the biggest spleen he's ever taken out."
Ward returned home Wednesday, and Stoops said earlier this week the recovery process should be about six weeks. If Ward's enlarged spleen ruptured, it could have been life threatening. But Ward wanted to continue to play football so he had it removed.
Stoops said a redshirt year is not guaranteed for Ward as it will all be determined by how fast he recovers and how healthy he is able to remain after getting back on the field.