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OU's Holmes ineligible for Fiesta Bowl
Junior CB didn't make trip; Stoops says Franks or Jackson will start

By Jake Trotter Modified: December 27, 2007 at 12:58 am •  Published: December 27, 2007
PHOENIX — Oklahoma will have to make do without another starting defensive back.

Junior cornerback Lendy Holmes did not make the trip to Arizona and will not play in the Fiesta Bowl against West Virginia, coach Bob Stoops confirmed Wednesday night.

Holmes failed to qualify academically, which made him ineligible for the game.

Stoops said either redshirt freshman Dominique Franks or sophomore Brian Jackson will start in Holmes' place.

Franks (5-foot-10, 187 pounds), who attended Tulsa Union High School, has only three tackles on the year and played two possessions in the first half against Missouri in the Big 12 Championship game.

Jackson (6-0, 197), out of De Soto, Texas, has been one of OU's best players on special teams, though he did have an interception against Utah State earlier in the year.

"We'll see how those guys work through the week,” Stoops said. "Brian Jackson has really done well for us. We have a lot of confidence in both of them. Not anything we do is going to change. We're going to play like we always do.”

Holmes' father, Lendy Holmes Sr., told the Dallas Morning News over the weekend that he doubted his son would be able to play in the Fiesta Bowl because of academics, but that the matter wasn't totally resolved and that his son still had an outside chance to "make it right.”

"He's let Stoops down and his teammates down.

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