Oklahoma-Kansas Locker Room Report

Bob Stoops, Chuck Long, Kevin Wilson, Brent Venables, Bobby Jack Wright and Rhett Bomar talk about Saturday's 19-3 win over Kansas. Bomar (pictured above) completed 16 of his 30 pass attemtps for 206 yards in the win. (Photo/Getty Images)

There wasn't anybody associated with the Oklahoma football team that didn't have a smile on their face Saturday night.

In fact, to be around them as they went in and out of the Sooner locker room, you couldn't help but smile yourself. The Sooners knew that their 19- 3 win over Kansas wasn't a thing of beauty, but they were so thankful to get a win — to feel good about themselves again — that they didn't care what it looked like.

"Man it feeeeeeeeeeels good to just win again," said super linebacker Rufus Alexander following the game. "Man we have been playing so hard and getting nothing to show for it. It is like we had some bad luck or something following us around. Then in this game, we didn't have many of our best players yet somehow we found a way. Man, I am so proud of this team. I am already ready to play next week. Chalk this win up to a team, because tonight we used everybody."

Ruuuuuuuuuuuufus (I just wanted everybody to feel like they are at a game) led an incredible Sooner defensive effort that kept Oklahoma in the game until the second half when the Sooner offensive staff finally opened things up and the offense put some points on the board. However, the OU defense put enough points on the board early in the first quarter on a D.J Wolfe 65-yard interception return for a touchdown, and a Clint Ingram interception that set up a Garrett Hartley 40-yard field goal as it turned out to win the game.

Wolfe's interception came on the third play of the game for the Jayhawks, and Ingram's on the fifth. Those two plays set the tone for a tremendous defensive effort that held the Jayhawks to just a field goal and 97 yards of total offense.

"It always gives us a big boost, and gets everybody kind of charged up," said OU head football coach Bob Stoops following the game. "It gets their motor running when you start making some big plays. It definitely helps."

"At that point our guys knew that this was going to be our night," said OU defensive coordinator Brent Venables following the game. "I think it did set the tone. Obviously, you want to start every game like that, but it doesn't always happen that way. However, I think it was a confidence-builder from the onset and it created that infectious confident attitude, and attitude is everything on the field. You are on the road playing in a tough environment — that is the way you want to start the game to really make an impact right away."

When Wolfe caught the interceptions everybody that knew anything about him thought he had a chance to score. My partner — Al Eschbach — and I both said at the same time in the press box that he was going to score. But we weren't the only guys that thought he was going to score.

"I knew he was going to take it to the house as soon as he got his hands on the ball," said senior fullback J.D. Runnels. "D.J. has become an excellent corner, but we all remember how good he was at running back. He is never going to forget how to run the ball. I had a pretty good look at it and once he started to cut back across the field I was screaming touchdown."

"As soon as he got his hands on it I knew he was gone," said redshirt quarterback Rhett Bomar following the game. "D.J. could easily go back and be a good running back for us, so once he got his hands on the ball he just went back to his old instincts. There was no doubt in my mind that he was going to score."

The defensive guys had a pretty good idea he was going to score as well.

"I was trying to find somebody to block and I lost him for a second, so I just kept running towards the end zone hitting anybody I could in a blue jersey," said senior linebacker Clint Ingram. "Then I realize he was coming back across the field, so I threw a block on somebody. I got him pretty good. That felt good to block somebody for a touchdown. D.J. is a great athlete and once he gets his hands on the ball good things are going to happen."

"I was caught up in the middle of the line and it took me a couple of seconds to figure out what was happening," said senior defensive tackle Dusty Dvoracek. "All those DBs and linebackers were running so fast behind me that all I made sure I did was to keep their big guys from getting in his way or to keep as many of them as I could. Man, that was a great play by D.J. And then Clint made another great play after that and we just built off of that the rest of the game."

In the post-game press conference, Coach Stoops got so involved about explaining his thoughts on the game that I had to ask him about D.J.'s interception. Interestingly enough, it was about five minutes into the press conference and there had been no mention of the play up until that point.

"It was so early in the game that I forgot about it," said a chuckling Stoops. "D.J. is a good running back, but he is doing an excellent job at cornerback. He continues to get better and better. You did have a good feeling when he started to run with it. I felt if any one back has a chance to put it in the end zone, it would be him."


The Sooners knew going into the game that Kansas was great on defense and limited on offense. OU knew that if they could do anything on offense or come up with any kind of big plays on defense, that they had a great chance to win the game. And that is exactly what happened.

So when something finally had gone right this season, Coach Stoops was just relieved to be able to smile after a game again.

"I was pleased to win, coming up here away from home and with Kansas being a much improved football team," said Stoops following the game. "We knew coming in that they have an excellent defense in how they play and what they do, and they have been playing well against everybody. It was good to hang in there and win a hard fought game, and then to play pretty well in the second half to ensure a victory and a win. So, I was pleased about that.

"We did what was necessary to put ourselves in a position to win at the end. Defensively, we were really exceptional the entire day and we really executed and played our position well. We didn't tackle well early and then we started to as the game progressed. At that point, we really tackled well and forced a few turnovers.

"Offensively, we really struggled in the first half, and that was obvious to everybody," Stoops continued. "However, I am proud of the fact that they hung in there. Nobody was dejected in the locker room, made adjustments and put together some nice drives in the second half running and passing and executed like we feel we are capable of. We have to build on it. We're not perfect by any means, but we are getting there.

"I thought we made it tough on ourselves with a little bit of the kicking game," Stoops continued. "I really believe in Garret Hartley and feel is a good and solid kicker. That kind of changed the game as well, as we felt we needed a couple of those which were very makeable. Outside of that though, our cover units were real solid and the rest was pretty decent.

"Penalties were an issue as we really hurt ourselves with the number of penalties. Fortunately, we got a break as we have had some tough calls the last couple of weeks on some turnovers and we finally got some to go our way. That (Rufus Alexander's interception at the goal line) was a big factor in the game that they ruled it as they did and we got the ball."


Moving to corner has not been an easy transition for D.J. Wolfe. Despite the fact he has worked his way into the starting line-up, Wolfe has been a work in progress and progress has been slow in coming sometimes.

If you notice, Wolfe has never been knocked out of the starting line-up and that is because he is a good practice player and a good athlete who plays with great passion. And his efforts are beginning to pay off.

"I finally feel like a cornerback and feel like I belong on defense," Wolfe said after the game. "I appreciate the fact that Coach (Bobby Jack) Wright and the defensive coaches had enough confidence in me to give me a chance to start, even though it was at a different position that I was hoping to play when I came to Oklahoma. I had played it a little in high school, so it wasn't totally foreign to me. But I am just now starting to feel comfortable."

It was Wolfe's development at the position that put him into a position to pick off KU quarterback Brian Luke on the game's third play and return it for a touchdown.

"D.J. is coming along to the point that he is learning that it is not just lining up and physically beating the wide receiver in front of him," said OU secondary coach Bobby Jack Wright. "He is learning that you have to learn how to set up the receiver and the quarterback, and how to disguise what he may or may not be doing at the line of scrimmage. D.J. did a great job of showing man coverage on that throw, when in reality he was in cover two and their quarterback threw right in to it.

The fact that D.J. did such a good job decoying what he was doing actually set up the interception for him, because if Luke had read cover two there is no way that he would have thrown the ball in that area. As it was, D.J. did a great job of decoying what he was doing and it resulted in a great interception return for a touchdown."

Wolfe is becoming a major factor for the Sooner defense. He is not a shutdown corner yet, but he is improving every week and the defensive coaches are very curious just how good he is going to get.

"D.J. is playing some good football right now," said Coach Wright. "I like him because he doesn't stay down after a bad play or even a bad game, which you have to do if you are going to play corner. He didn't play real well against UCLA, but outside of that game he has played pretty well. He is getting better every game and he is such a good athlete that he could become a very good corner. He certainly has everything that a corner needs to be a good corner."

Just how did D.J. turn an interception into a touchdown? He reverted back to his running back days.

"I know we got great pressure on the quarterback. I heard it was Calvin Thibodeaux, so I have to thank ‘Thib' for that pressure," said Wolfe following the game. "I heard he has the quarterback and it was fixing to be a sack, and luckily he threw it up and I was in the right place at the right time. The guys did a great job of blocking for me and I just had to run to daylight I guess."

I told him that Al and I had his back and that we both were telling people in the press box that he was going to score. And D.J., who has always been a great guy for this reporter to deal with, always appreciates the support.

"I appreciate that James," as Wolfe laughed out loud. "That's the old running back in me. I have always told the guys that if I was fortunate enough to get one that I would take it back to the house. Coach Stoops has always told me that if I get an interception that I needed to always look to bring it back, and I was thinking about that. I just want to thank him for giving me the opportunity to play cornerback and for having the great vision that he had to play defense. Now that it is working out, I just want to thank him and the staff for giving me the opportunity."


In keeping up with the secondary, Chijioke Onyenegecha played a solid game, except on the punt return where he froze on giving up a big return. That almost put him in the doghouse for good, but when Marcus Walker was put into the game he complained of pain in his knee.

The medical team can't find anything structurally wrong with his knee, so it is just a sore knee. However, it is obvious that it is bothering him and he doesn't trust it on the field. He tells Bobby Jack Wright to put him in the game and that he is ready to go, and then he comes out after one play because his knee is sore.

It is a tough situation for player and coach. The coaches know there is nothing medically wrong with him, but he says it hurts too much for him to play. Who knows?

At safety, the Sooners went back to Lewis Baker at free safety, in place of Nic Harris, to go with Reggie Smith at strong safety.

"Lewis just has a better presence about him at free safety right now than Nic," said Coach Wright. "Nic didn't play bad, but he still played like a freshman at times. Last week at practice Lewis practiced real well and looked good. Lewis had been playing well as our dime back and he looked so good in practice at safety that we put him back in the line-up. Lewis is a good football player and he played well on Saturday."

Coach Stoops has always said that his position is up for grabs every day in practice, and that has never been truer than this year. So why should we be surprised that strong safety is different than any other position?

"Lewis showed us through practice and even in the nickel position, especially in the Texas game, that he has great awareness — probably better than any of the secondary players," said Venables on Sunday from his offense. "He plays so hard, has ability and he knows what to do. We are trying to put our best guys on the field. Again, you reward performance and not potential, and Lewis without question was rewarded because of the way he practiced and for the times he played in the Texas game.

"Nic has been doing well, but like a lot of young guys he can at times be a little bit lost, and that hurts us. You evaluate all your positions across the board the same way and that is what was going on there."

It will be interesting to watch the play of freshman Reggie Smith over the next couple of weeks. Smith has been starting since the UCLA game and he has been fair in this starts. He has given up big plays in two out of the four games, but he hasn't been a big factor in any game. Granted, he has one interception on the year and 14 tackles in six games and four starts, but it is clear that OU would like him to become more productive.

"OU is used to their safeties being two of the biggest playmakers on the defense and thus far that hasn't been the case. Both Darien Williams and Jason Carter got snaps at safety against Kansas, and as always the competition is always open.

I don't expect Smith to get pulled, but I can promise that he will be encouraged to become a more aggressive player in run support and to start looking for interceptions on passing downs. Williams played very well as the dime back for the Sooners.


The Sooners' front four did a great job on Saturday constantly getting pressure on Jayhawk quarterback Brian Luke. One of the big reasons why the OU defensive front continues to play well is because of the outstanding play of senior captain Dusty Dvoracek. DD finished with three tackles , but they were three for seven yards in losses.

"He is playing really well," said Venables. "He gets a constant double-team and he never gets single-blocked, ever. I mean ever. He never gets single-blocked as far pass blocking is concerned. At times in the past, he would get double-teamed, but this year on every snap nobody is sliding to the three-technique. That helps the three-technique get single blocked, and that is what we want. Now it is up to somebody to beat a block. Are we as good at doing that as we would like to be? No, we are not even close. But some guys are getting better.

"Carl Pendleton had another really strong game," Venables continued. "He is really coming on and really making lots of improvement. He is really helping us inside. Then, obviously, the defensive ends are playing well. We are a little bit short-handed there, but C.J. Ah You and Calvin (Thibodeaux) are playing really hard and they are playing smart. They are doing everything that they can to help us. They played every snap on Saturday, as we are doing everything that we can to keep them on the field. They only played 50 something snaps on a cool evening. And we went through a lot of three and outs, so they were able to stay out there and do well."

Dvoracek feels the Sooner front is more than holding their own.

"I think we have played pretty well for most of the season," said Dvoracek. "We have not been perfect and there is a lot of room for improvement, but for the most part we have done a good job up front. I like how I am playing. I am facing a bunch of double-teams, but I still beat them most of the time. And when I am not, then Carl or somebody else is beating there man."


One guy that continues to play at a very high level for the Sooners is Rufus Alexander. Once again, Rufus led the Sooners in tackles with 10 (three for losses), which gives him the team lead with 53, and he had one fantastic interception.

"He is playing a lot better than he played last year," said Venables. "He is a much more physical player this year than at any other time since he has been here. He is playing with better technique and playing with better assuredness, and his confidence is sky high. He is anticipating and playing very smart on the field. He is very instinctive on the field and he is playing harder on every snap.

"He got beat on that coverage by that tight end because his technique broke down. At the onset, he was looking into the backfield and not lining up with the correct leverage. But he didn't give up on the play and ends up making a huge play in the game."

Is he playing well enough to now be a contender for conference and All-American honors?

"Yes, because Rufus has made a lot of big plays," said Coach Stoops. "He consistently plays well. It is hard for me to see everybody out there, but I would think if you look at the big plays that Rufus has made, I am sure it is up there with everybody else."

Middle linebacker Zach Latimer, who finished with two tackles, and is second on the team behind Alexander for total tackles on the season. He says the formula is simple for success.

"We just have to come out and play hard," said Latimer. "They ran a lot of things that we worked on in practice. Our coaching staff did a great job of getting us ready for what they were going to do. All we had to do was recognize what we had practiced and step up and make a play. Getting those two interceptions early in the game was real big, especially getting the touchdown on the first one. It gave us a lot of momentum, and even though our offense was kind of struggling it still gave us a leeway out.


One of those big plays was the interception that Coach Venables talked about earlier. That play would have never been overturned if it was for the smart move of Coach Stoops to call time out so that the replay official would have more time to look it over.

"In the other two games, where we have felt that we have had some things, I knew they weren't reviewable. Like at UCLA when the quarterback fumbled the snap," said Stoops on Sunday form his office. "He blew the ball dead so that is not reviewable … once the ball is blown dead on contact. So, I figured why waste a timeout because I was ready to call one there. Had it not been blown dead, then I would have. I knew that interference calls are not reviewable so this one was just a situation where I felt good about. I had a great view of it just from the sideline, and I felt that Rufus had it.

"I felt for sure that they would overturn it, but I don't know the process," Stoops continued. "I do, but I am a little un-clear I guess. I thought if something was that close that they would want to review it regardless of what the TV showed. The way it was being explained to me yesterday, and I don't know this to be exact, is that it is not up to the guys on the field to ask for a review. They wait to get beeped or buzzed from somebody upstairs, who I guess has to see it on TV before they buzz.

"That is where I was confuse, because on the field they were saying that they were waiting, but they also said that TV didn't have anything to show so they weren't going to review it. I am not being critical, because this is the process that we live with. In the end, it would seem that if it is something so close in a goal line play like that, whether the TV showed it yet or not, you would think they would say lets wait a second lets look at this. I knew that it was a reviewable play and I didn't think a time out was worth that much, because it was a huge play.

"I thought we did have it from my viewpoint, and I thought I am going to burn one. I thought, who knows maybe they will take the time and the TV will show something different. Fortunately, TV did shows something different, they looked it over and we got the ball."


Once again the Sooner offense struggled in the first half. The play-calling lacked a lot to be desired in the first half, as offensive coordinator Chuck Long called a very conservative gameplan in the first half. All week long, the Sooners as an offensive staff, talked about opening up the offense, trusting the offensive line, trusting the quarterback and the receivers and throwing the ball down field.

The thought was that they were playing offense in a phone booth and that they needed to get the passing game going to help out the running game. The gameplan was to throw the ball down field and hope that the young quarterback and receiver corp were ready to make a difference in the game. In the second half, we saw that gameplan and the Sooners had over 200 yards total offense to show for it.

Oklahoma knew by game time that they were going to be without their best receiver — Travis Wilson — and they didn't figure to get much out of their best running back, so they planned to give Bomar and his receivers a chance to ignite the offense.

However, when the game started the Sooners did just the opposite running an offense that seemed more concerned about not making mistakes than one trying to win the game. So why the change in thinking at the start of the game?

"We made some adjustments to help the offensive line out, as they were bringing some pressure packages, zero packages where they were bringing everybody that we hadn't seen a lot of before," said Long on Sunday from his office. "They popped it in from time-to-time, but they were starting to bring it a lot more in the first half. So what we did adjustment-wise was at halftime was adjust our protection to tighten them up a little bit more,so Rhett could get the ball off."

The Sooners also didn't run any of their quarterback run game that Bomar was so successful at the past several games. And after the game, Coach Long said he had concerns about Rhett's health going into the game.

"Rhett took some shots last week and he was limping around himself at practice all week," said Long following the game. "We decided that he took too many hits last week, and here was a guy who was not 100 percent, so we took his part of the option read out for the most part.

"Look, we are scrapping every week. That is just where we are at offensively. Whatever it takes to win the football game, that is what we are going to do. The one thing that will happen when you have these gutty wins is that they will grow a lot. Now they know they can do it and their confidence will go up."


Oklahoma went to the depth chart to get it done on offense. Seniors Donta Hickson and Kejuan Jones got most of the carries on offense at tailback, Wilson didn't play at receiver, and senior Brett Rayl drew 59 snaps at right tackle in place of the injured Davin Joseph (sprained neck).

The fact the Sooners won without their best three offensive players could go a long way to developing a solid offense the rest of the season.

"It just worked out the way it did in the first half, and then we opened it up in the second half and had some good success," said Long. "I told the guys after the game that I was really proud of their effort and they way they came back in the second half. It was a gutty performance. We had guys who are hurt and who have been hurt all week, and then Davin goes out the game and weren't sure we could ever live without him.

"What a gutty performance. We had guys stepping up and making plays. We had young guys making plays. Our guys did a great job of sucking it up at halftime, including Rhett himself. He had a tremendous second half."


Rehtt Bomar finished with a solid night hitting 16-of-31 passes for 206 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. and once again he is showing some moxi for the Sooners at quarterback.

"He has shown it through the year," said Stoops on Bomars' moxi. "What I really appreciate about him is his toughness. He is really a tough-minded kid and his competitiveness is outstanding. I think that you really have to appreciate this and I think he will also grow from this. Even though we have, as an offense, struggled early he hung with it. And then the offense opened up and started to come to him in the second half. He has the patience to stay with it and the confidence to stay with it, and found his openings and made some really nice throws in the second half when it really mattered.

"That is not unlike what you see from a lot of good quarterbacks, because to me it is a great sign when a guy can overcome some difficult times early and hang in there and make a difference later in the game, and he really did. He is really an excellent young guy who is incredibly tough and competitive. He is going to be awfully good. He is going to continue to develop, and we have total confidence that he will."

Against Texas, Bomar threw off some bad mechanics. He did some of the same things against Kansas, only to correct them as the game went along.

"Rhett did connect on some big passes in the second half," said Long. "What he was doing in the first half was not setting his feet all the way at times. And we had some breakdowns as well, as he was getting hit a little bit.

"He really settled down in the second half and set his feet and threw some nice balls clutch throws. The pass to Malcolm (Kelly) was a great throw. It was great for Rhett, great for our offense and great for Malcolm at the time. Malcolm is going to be a great player before he is done here, and just one reception like that can do wonders for your confidence as a young wide receiver.

Long is not the only guy who thinks Malcolm is going to be a great player.

"I think one of the most important things for offense to come out of this game was that we got that big guy going," said Bomar, as he motioned to Kelly doing an interview just a few feet away. "Malcolm is a great talent and he is a big athlete who can run. I have just been waiting for the opportunity to throw him the ball, and tonight I just told myself I was going to look for him.

"He got open and you saw what happened. He can make plays. I can give you a little story for the future, I am going to be throwing him the ball some more. He has about a 38-inch vertical jump and I am going to throw the ball up for him and tell him to go get it. Paul Thompson has a 40-inch vertical jump and I am going to start doing the same for him. Then we have great speed in Manuel Johnson and Juaquin Iglesias, who can stretch the defense. I am pretty pumped about our young receiver corp."

Bomar was also glad to be able to turn it lose in the second half.

"We changed up some protections and on some of the plays," said Bomar. "We saw what they were going to do to us on different situations, on different down and distance situations, and coach made some good calls to mix things up. We changed up our protection a little bit and we started to play well. We switched it up on them and ran more on passing downs and passed more on running downs.

"We threw a little more out of running formations just so they couldn't key on one thing, and that worked well for us. They had man coverage out on Malcolm, and I am going to put it up to him when he has man coverage. I thought he was going to fall down for a minute, and maybe the corner thought he was going to fall down to because he just slowed up. But Malcolm kept going and caught it going into the end zone."

OU has been waiting for Kelly to have a breakout game and show that he can make some plays. Kelly caught two passes for 65 yards and his 40-yard pass reception was one of the longest receptions of the season.

"We are a real young team and we have a lot of young players out there across the board," said Kelly following the game. "We just have to come out and execute. That is what the game is all about. My coach, Coach Wyatt, is a real hard-nosed coach and he is always emphasis to us about execution."

On his touchdown reception, Kelly was almost pushed out of bounds,but somehow kept his feet to catch his first touchdown catch.

"He jammed me at the line of scrimmage and I tried to get out of the jam," said Kelly. "I slipped and fell down. As I was falling I told myself to stay up and keep plugging. I kept plugging and I looked up and saw the ball in the air and I knew I had to make a play on it."


Several seniors who normally don't get a chance to play big roles did so in the win over Kansas. And their efforts certainly weren't lost on the Sooner coaching staff.

"Those seniors have played big roles for us in the past, but we had some injury situations that forced us to play some guys because of that," said Long. "We also, at the same time, feel good about them because they have produced for us before. Brett Rayl is a great example. He is a guy who has not played much and he stepped in and did a nice job. He really did. At one point, we had in our offense we were playing with about eight freshmen.

"We have had some youth and we have had some injury situations. It has created a situation where our chemistry has changed from week to week. Our continuity is changed from week to week. With our guys, I was extremely proud of them, how hey battled back in the second half and they way they played in the second half, especially in the fourth quarter when the game was on the line."

"That was terrific when you consider the injuries that we have had the fact we had a bunch of freshmen in there," said Long. "We had eight coming in and out at one point. We were struggling in the first half and when you have a young football team that can go either way sometimes. It can go the other way as well, but we came out in the second half, battled back and did a nice job.


The offense line has a number of seniors, who have been role players trying to step up and play prime-time roles this year. Then you have Rayl, who has always looked like a player, and at times practiced like a player, but when it came time to get some playing time in a game always came up short.

"We want to keep playing the young guys. Duke (Robinson) should have played a little bit more, but he got a penalty there and the game was getting a little close," said OU run coordinator and offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson. "It was great to see Brett Rayl come in, because he is a senior and has been here a long time. He has worked real hard, but he has been a little inconsistent. But he does have some talent.

"He actually went out and played in a good way. Davin hurt his neck, but it doesn't appear to be serious. Watching the play that he said he hurt it on, it didn't look like it was any big deal. I think he just got hit in an awkward way. It was nice to see him come in and play well."

"Chris Messner has kind of settled in at right tackle," Wilson continued. "He is playing a little bit better than (Branndon) Braxton right now. We are trying to get some consistency, but still trying to play those young guys more. Again, it is great to see Brett to come in as a senior and play well. He has worked hard and it was good for him and good for us. It would be nice for Brett to continue to play in a strong way.

"We played Jon Cooper the bulk of the second half at right guard. Branndon was in there to start the second drive of the second half, but he didn't even block the defensive end and we lose two or three. That kind of took us out of the drive.

"For the bulk of the game, it was Messner and Davin, until he got dinged up, and then Brett came in. J.D. Quinn and Cooper split time. Cooper got a little more time the second half and played well. Chris Bush did the bulk at center and Kelvin (Chaisson) played the bulk at left guard and he played pretty well.

"Messner and Rayl both played well. And, for a young guy, Jon battled well. I would like to play Jon at center, but I still get a little apprehensive with Rhett and snaps, so I don't want to change centers on him."


At running back, Donta Hickson finished with 59 yards on 18 carries. And just like his entire career, Hickson said the Sooners just needed to keep pounding and working and good things would happen in the end.

"We just had to keep working for four quarters," said Hickson. "We knew we were going to be in a dogfight for the entire game. Kansas has a good team and they have a real good scheme on defense. They were sticking it to us in the first half, but in the second half we kept pushing it and everything work out."


Heading into the week, the Sooners' injury situation remains up in the air. Adrian Peterson did not hurt his ankle any more, but it is still sore. Travis Wilson has battled through a sprained ankle all season and OU has finally decided to shut him down for a week or to. He may be out for Baylor as well.

Davin Joseph is expected to be back, but right now that is questionable. Eric Bassey hasn't practice for a week and there is no word when he will be back.

Bob Stoops said he thinks all of them will be much better and have a chance to play on Saturday. The key question is will the Sooners try to rest Peterson, Wilson and Bassey against Baylor in hopes they can still beat the Bears? Or will they try to rush them back out there.

We should get a feeling for that later in the week, but I think they will bite he bullet and not play either of the three against the Bears.

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