Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops addressed a select number of beat writers Wednesday evening and did divulge a few interesting things.
First of all, Stoops said offensive lineman Dwayne Orso and defensive lineman Du’Vonta Lampkin both haven’t seen action this season because they are currently serving six-game suspensions that date back to the Orange Bowl.
Saturday will mark game three for the duo, but Stoops said he’s optimistic they’ll be able to make it back.
“But Du’Vonta needs to keep improving,” Stoops said. “He’s working his way towards that. The other guys are doing really well. We’ve got a few of them.”
This adds to the depth issue of OU with the defensive line as the Sooners announced sophomore defensive tackle Marquise Overton will miss the rest of the season with a foot sprain and had surgery Tuesday.
Nothing is automatic with the NCAA, but Stoops indicated he is confident that Overton will earn a medical redshirt.
The last piece of information is about former offensive lineman Ty Darlington and the article he penned Tuesday evening.
The gist of the article was Darlington didn’t believe fans really make a difference until the Sooners played in Knoxville last year against Tennessee. So Darlington’s message was clear – he wants the fans to bring the noise Saturday.
“The bottom line is, and Ty would know, it makes it hard to communicate,” Stoops said. “He’s trying to communicate to his O-linemen what he sees coming and it gets harder the louder it is. As well as the snap and everything. Your communication gets much more difficult when it’s that way. Ty would know, too.”