OU Notebook: Alexander solid in first start

By Jake Trotter Modified: November 9, 2008 at 11:57 am •  Published: November 9, 2008
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Frank Alexander shined in his first start at defensive end in place of Auston English, who is expected to miss at least two more weeks with a sprained knee.

Alexander had two tackles and was a perpetual menace to the Texas A&M backfield. For his efforts, Alexander was named one of the defensive players of the game.

The Sooners, however, lost another defensive end to injury. Stoops said after the game that senior Alan Davis suffered a sprained knee.

"We don't have any depth right now," said defensive coordinator Brent Venables, who initially ruled out pulling the redshirt off freshman defensive end R.J. Washington.

For now, the Sooners will go with starters Jeremy Beal and Alexander, and hope someone else emerges before Nov. 22 when Texas Tech travels to Norman.

It's a girl

The Venables family added a new member. Julie Venables, wife of the defensive coordinator, gave birth to a girl at Norman Regional Hospital on Friday.

“It's awesome,” Brent Venables said.

Julie Venables went into labor 4 a.m. Friday.

Since the team left early Friday, Stoops arranged for a private plane to bring Brent to Texas later in the day.

The Venables already have two sons, Jake and Tyler.

Sooners have scoring options

Saturday marked the eighth time five or more Sooners have scored a touchdown this season.

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