Caleb probable for Nebraska gameOklahoma coach Bob Stoops upgraded wide receiver Brandon Caleb to "probable” for Saturday’s game at Nebraska. Caleb injured his ankle early on last weekend against Kansas State, causing him to miss the rest of the game. But the ankle has progressed throughout the week in practice.
NFL future for Eldridge?Senior Brody Eldridge has been Oklahoma’s most versatile player this season, and Stoops says starting at three positions — and being successful at all three — could help Eldridge play the game well after he leaves Norman. "With a 53-man roster, they need guys who can play multiple spots. And no one can play more than he does,” Stoops said. And he’s not the only one giving Eldridge glowing reviews. "It’s pretty neat to see all the pro scouts coming and watching tape and just marveling at what he’s able to do. They see him at center, tight end and at guard, and I tell them go back a couple of years and watch him at fullback,” Stoops said.
McCoy a Bednarik Award semifinalistJunior defensive tackle Gerald McCoy was among 16 players named as semifinalists for the Bednarik Award on Wednesday. The award is given annually to college football’s best defensive player. Linebacker Teddy Lehman, who won the award in 2003, is the only Sooner to ever win the award. McCoy ranks 15th nationally with 12 tackles for loss. The list will be trimmed to three players on Nov. 23.
No Thorpe Award for Franks, JacksonOklahoma cornerbacks Dominique Franks and Brian Jackson have both been mentioned in passing as potential Thorpe Award candidates, but neither made the list of semifinalists released on Wednesday. Three Big 12 defensive backs did, though. Oklahoma State cornerback Perrish Cox made the list of 12 semifinalists for the annual award given to college football’s best defensive back, along with Kansas safety Darrell Stuckey and Texas safety Earl Thomas.
Ryan Broyles vs. Mark ClaytonSophomore receiver Ryan Broyles has caught 10 touchdown passes, more than anyone in college football. Stoops said Broyles’ efforts are similar to another Sooner receiver now in the NFL, the Baltimore Ravens’ Mark Clayton. "He’s very similar to Mark in his progression, ability to make big plays, runs after the catch. I think just naturally Mark, and it’s happening with Ryan, they’re just getting stronger,” Stoops said. "Ryan, he’s a young guy, but he should continue the same way.” By Jake Trotter and DAVID UBBEN