Eight months after breaking his ankle, OU senior defensive tackle Adrian Taylor is hoping to return to the field Saturday against Utah State.
"There's definitely a chance," he said Monday. "Taking it day by day."
One of the factors will be how Taylor's ankle reacts to increased activity and contact in practice this week. Another will be what kind of pain he's in.
"Hopefully the adrenaline will take my mind off the pain," said Taylor, who admitted he'll probably feel pain in his ankle the entire season. "Some days the pain is up, sometimes down. But it'll be a lot different being in a game."
DT Walker to wear a cast
Defensive tackle Casey Walker, who broke a bone in his right hand above his ring finger during the last practice of two-a-days, will wear a protective padded cast Saturday.
"It'll be like a real big club," Walker said.
As a defensive lineman, Walker doesn't foresee the cast being much of a hindrance.
Walker, who appeared in three games last season, is listed as the starter at nose guard on OU's depth chart heading into the week.
Sooners will gun for No. 800
With an overall record of 799-302-53, the Sooners are one win away from becoming the seventh major-college team to record 800 victories.
"I didn't know that," said redshirt freshman linebacker Tom Wort. "That's pretty awesome. Hopefully we win then."
So far, six schools have reached the 800-win mark: Michigan (877), Texas (845), Notre Dame (837) Nebraska (837), Ohio State (819) and Penn State (812).