Four questions about OU football

Published: September 7, 2009
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What is the status of Jermaine Gresham?
Gresham was walking the sideline without the use of crutches during Saturday night’s loss to Brigham Young, but Oklahoma has remained tight-lipped on when to expect the senior tight end’s return. The only official word on Gresham is cartilage damage in his knee, but the coaching staff has alluded to the All-American’s "options” while eluding a definite timeline.

"They’re looking through this weekend to try to gather as much information with whoever the ‘experts’ are,” offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson said.

It’s unlikely that former backup tight end and current starting center Brody Eldridge would move back to his former position. Gresham’s replacement on Saturday, sophomore Trent Ratterree, had one catch for 12 yards. Last season, Gresham caught 66 passes for 950 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Where were the new receivers?
Saturday night was supposed to be the debut of a receiving corps that lost three major contributors from 2008 but had been lauded by coaches throughout the preseason. But only one, junior Brandon Caleb, made a real contribution. Junior college transfer Cameron Kenney didn’t play, and neither did Jaz Reynolds. Mossis Madu, who moved to receiver in the spring, didn’t break into the three-receiver rotation of Ryan Broyles, Adron Tennell and Caleb, and got his only touch of the day on a pitch play for a loss of two.

"We had a hard time getting the other guys going,” Wilson said. "That group needs to play better, but the whole group does. The coaching needs to be better, and the players need to play better.”

What happens to the offensive line now?
Last week’s depth chart shook up the offensive line, replacing Stephen Good with Jarvis Jones at right guard. At center, Brody Eldridge moved from tight end to center, replacing Ben Habern, who was fighting off a back injury during camp.