Chambers gets the nod

Stoops says sophomore middle linebacker Wayne Chambers will replace the injured Lance Mitchell. Plus other OU injury news and notes.

NORMAN, Okla. – Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops announced after Thursday's practice sophomore Wayne Chambers will start in place of the injured Lance Mitchell against UCLA on Saturday.

Stoops said that Chambers has practiced well enough this week to earn the nod. Chambers will also split some time at middle linebacker with Teddy Lehman. Lehman will start at his customary weakside linebacker spot, but will move to the middle at certain times so that true freshmen Lewis Baker can get some reps and experience at the weakside spot.

Chambers, a native of Grandview, Mo., recorded 13 tackles last year while backing up Mitchell as a true freshmen. Chambers will be seeing his first action of the season on Saturday after missing the Sooners' first three games while recovering from injuries sustained when he was hit by a stray bullet at a party this summer.

"He looks good," said OU linebacker coach Brent Venables on Chambers earlier this week. "He needs to continue to improve with consistency, but he has looked good. He is getting back into his element, so to speak."

Stoops also announced Thursday that senior cornerback Derrick Strait is moving well enough to start and maintain his streak of starting every game as a Sooner. Strait, who already has the streak of most consecutive starts as a defensive back with 43, has a chance to start more games than any other player in OU history, and the coaches think he'll be able to play at least half the game Saturday.

In other news, sophomore tight end/center Chris Chester is will not play on Saturday due to a slightly sprained knee suffered in practice. The injury is not considered to be serious and Chester could return to the lineup in two weeks when the Sooners travel to Iowa State.

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