SI Take 3: Williams removed from team

OU coach Bob Stoops addressed a number of topics at his weekly press conference including the dismissal of RB Damien Williams.

Every Monday afternoon during the football season OU coach Bob Stoops has his weekly press conference. Sooners Illustrated will give you the three most important things to take from the session.

Bye week

Take No. 1: Williams removed from the team

Stoops didn't elaborate too much on the situation but was firm in saying senior running back Damien Williams is no longer a part of the team.

Williams, to go along with senior wide receiver LaColtan Bester, were both suspended for Saturday's game at Kansas State. Stoops said Bester was just a one-game suspension but that Williams has been removed from the team.

OU didn't feel a real impact without Williams because senior Brennan Clay had a career day against the Wildcats. He rushed for 200 yards on 31 carries with two touchdowns.

Williams was suspended one last season and was also suspended for the Tulsa victory earlier this season. This is the first suspension for Bester. Williams rushed for 543 yards and a team-high seven touchdowns this season.

Even though it didn't materialize last week, the absence of Williams should lead for more opportunities for Roy Finch and Alex Ross. It will also allow Clay to have more carries, something he is very comfortable with.

Take No. 2: Stoops forgot about win record

He knows everybody finds it hard to believe, but Stoops reiterated Monday he had forgotten all about become OU's all-time winningest coach Saturday until he was presented with a special game ball by OU athletic director Joe Castiglione.

"It truly was," said Stoops about how surprised he was at the moment. "I was giving out game balls and then Joe comes up, and it hits you again. It wasn't something I was at all focused on. I feel incredibly fortunate and blessed to have been at a school like Oklahoma for all these years."

Stoops said he also wanted to celebrate with the team and allow them to have fun with the moment as well. Stoops' victory gives him 158 at OU, surpassing the mark of legendary OU coach Barry Switzer.

"There's still one only king, and that's Coach Switzer," Stoops said.

Take No. 3: Housekeeping items

It's a good time for a bye week because of all the injuries OU suffered before and during last week's game. But at this time, it's too early to know what the status for some of the guys will be going into Bedlam.

Stoops said senior cornerback Aaron Colvin did a fantastic job in the second half of limiting KSU wide receiver Tyler Lockett.

"He was playing banged up," Stoops said. "Really proud of him. We told him he was going to have to cover him more, and he stepped up."

Stoops said he's unsure about the status of junior quarterback Blake Bell and said he most likely won't know his status until next week.

Asked if Trevor Knight is the starter if Bell is healthy, Stoops said he couldn't comment on that until he knows Bell's situation.

Offensive lineman Tyler Evans will return to the team next season. He has missed the last two seasons with knee injuries, but Stoops said Evans has been ruled eligible by the NCAA for one more season.

The news isn't as good for linebacker Corey Nelson. His medical hardship appeal has been denied by the Big 12 but the appeal process isn't over. Stoops said he hopes to know by Christmastime what Nelson's situation will be.

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