Nelson, Phillips surgeries go well

OU coach Bob Stoops addressed a lot of different issues in his final media appearance before OU's game at Kansas.

Nothing horrible, nothing great. The surgeries for Oklahoma defensive players Corey Nelson and Jordan Phillips went as expected, OU coach Bob Stoops said Wednesday night.

"Went really well," Stoops said. "Everything went just as expected. No surprises. Both are healing really well."

And both will still miss the rest of the season following their Tuesday procedures. Nelson, a team captain at linebacker, had surgery for a partially torn pectoral muscle. Phillips, who had been emerging as a star at defensive tackle, had back surgery.

There was a lot of criticism from OU fans regarding the playcalling by offensive coordinator Josh Heupel during OU's loss to Texas.

It's something Stoops has heard for years himself, and he said he supports Heupel and has no problems with the direction of the program.

"That's part of the job," Stoops said. "You throw it on third-and-short and score a touchdown, you're a genius. If you throw it on third-and-short and it's incomplete, you're a knucklehead. Everybody thinks they know.

"They're big boys. You don't realize how little we hear. We're in our deal working. We don't really care what has to be said. We're in our caves getting ready for practice and trying to get better."

Stoops said he's happy with the way his team has responded in the first three practices since the loss to the Longhorns and said the goal of winning the Big 12 championship remains attainable.

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