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OU Football Notebook: NCAA denies DeMarcus Granger’s hardship request

Oklahoman Modified: October 28, 2009 at 9:07 am •  Published: October 28, 2009
NCAA denies Granger’s hardship request
The NCAA has denied Oklahoma defensive tackle DeMarcus Granger’s request for a medical hardship that would have allowed him to play another season. OU coach Bob Stoops confirmed the ruling Tuesday.

Granger is a redshirt senior and out of eligibility after this year. Granger, a former starter who is yet to step on the field this season, had surgery on his lower back last December.

Granger practiced with the team until a week ago. But a nerve problem in one of his legs has prevented Granger from coming off the ball with explosion, Stoops said.

"It’s very unfortunate for DeMarcus,” Stoops said. "He has fought through that back, and he has part of a nerve that hasn’t quite fully come back yet. They believe it will, it just hasn’t over time to where he’s not able to fire the one leg as strong or quick as he needs to.

"It’s been frustrating. He’s been a great teammate. He’s been out there working, up until the last week, trying to help. He’s just not able to quite do it.”

Stoops: Jackson should be Thorpe candidate
Especially based on the last two games, Stoops agreed that Sooner cornerback Brian Jackson should receive consideration for the Jim Thorpe Award, which goes annually to college football’s top defensive back.

Not only did Jackson tie a school record with interceptions in four straight games, he shut down two of the nation’s best receivers the last two weeks in Texas’ Jordan Shipley and Kansas’ Dezmon Briscoe.

Shipley only had four catches for 22 yards going against Jackson. Briscoe didn’t fare much better, finishing with seven grabs for just 60 yards.

"Being matched up with the two receivers the last two weeks, being right on top of them, he has been incredible,” Stoops said. "He really held them down in the checks, neither of them had a big play and caught very few balls. He wasn’t on them on every single play, but he was on them for the majority of the game and we knew that if we were going to have a good defensive day he had to really show up and play great and he did.”

Bradford to have surgery today
Quarterback Sam Bradford will undergo surgery today on his separated throwing shoulder, which will end his season and likely his career at Oklahoma. Renowned orthopedic surgeon James Andrews will perform the procedure in Birmingham, Ala. Recovery time is expected to take 4-6 months.

Bradford said earlier this week that unless something goes wrong with the rehabilitation, he will declare for the NFL Draft after this season.