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By Jake Trotter Modified: November 5, 2007 at 12:52 am •  Published: November 5, 2007
What is the status of injured defensive end Auston English?

English has a hairline fracture on a non-weight-bearing bone in his right ankle. Coach Bob Stoops compared the injury to one Rocky Calmus had in 1999. Calmus didn't miss a game and played on the injured ankle. But Calmus' injury was more serious because he also suffered a sprain. English does not have a sprain, giving coaches reason to believe he'll be back in two weeks.

The Sooners won't need English's exceptional pass-rushing ability this weekend against Baylor, but after that they will.

Can fans expect to see more of running back DeMarco Murray at quarterback in the shotgun?


"It's something we're going to keep working with,” Stoops said Sunday.

Against Texas A&M, Murray slid behind center out of the shotgun five times, running on four and handing to Chris Brown on the other.

What does the Big 12 South race look like at the moment?

It's not yet over, but OU appears to be in good shape. With Texas rallying to defeat OSU, OU is alone in first with both the Longhorns and Cowboys now having two league losses.

If OU wins out, the Sooners will be champs.

If OSU runs the table and beats OU, the title could come down to a three-way tiebreaker.

Even then, OU would hold tiebreaker advantages.

Who are the favorites for Big 12 Player of the Year honors?

Defensively, OU linebacker Curtis Lofton — who's second in the league in tackles — has as good a chance as anyone. If English doesn't miss too many games with the ankle injury, the league's sack leader has a shot, too.

Offensively, the race likely is between Tech receiver Michael Crabtree, Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel, OSU running back Dantrell Savage and possibly Kansas quarterback Todd Reesing.