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Oklahoman Published: April 12, 2009
Franks does it again
If OU kept interceptions in spring games as an official statistic, cornerback Dominique Franks might be the career leader.

Saturday, Franks picked off two passes, one of which he returned 42 yards for a touchdown.

"Dom’s really come along great,” coach Bob Stoops said. "He’s a guy that has a great feel and a knack in the secondary and I thought he played really well.”

In last year’s spring game, Franks had three interceptions and returned one 57 yards for a score.

"Obviously, we feel great about Dom and (cornerback Brian Jackson),” said defensive coordinator Brent Venables. "They have played winning football. Especially Dom.

"He was special out there."

Safety Desmond Jackson entered the spring in Stoops’ doghouse after being suspended and left home for the BCS National Championship for an undisclosed violation of team rules. Then, Jackson was forced to play out of position all spring at cornerback, due to a lack of depth at that spot.

But he shined in the Red-White game with three pass breakups. Stoops praised his performance.

"I thought one of the best surprises out there or the guy I had fun watching was Desmond Jackson,” Stoops said. "He played as well as anybody, and that was exciting to see.”

The Sooners were without several key players but came out of the game with only one injury.

Tight end Trent Ratterree, who caught four passes early, separated his shoulder. But Stoops said he didn’t think the injury was too serious and expects Ratterree to be back before fall camp.

Among other players who didn’t step on the field because of injury: offensive guard Stephen Good (shoulder), offensive tackle Jarvis Jones (leg), free safety Quinton Carter (hamstring), defensive end Auston English (ankle/knee), tight end Brody Eldridge (ankle), outside linebacker Keenan Clayton (ankle), cornerback Jonathan Nelson (shoulder), running back DeMarco Murray (hamstring), defensive tackle DeMarcus Granger (back), linebacker Brandon Crow (knee) and linebacker Ryan Reynolds (knee).

Tight end Jermaine Gresham, running back Chris Brown and fullback Matt Clapp also didn’t play, but only for precautionary measures, not because they were hurt.

The game brought all six of OU’s 2010 commitments to Norman as well as at least 30 other recruits who are considering the Sooners.


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