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OU football notebook: Jarvis Jones, ben Habern expected back after spring break

Oklahoman Modified: March 9, 2010 at 8:32 am •  Published: March 9, 2010

Jones, Habern expected back after spring break
University of Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said Monday he’s anticipating that injured returning linemen Jarvis Jones and Ben Habern will return to the practice field after spring break.

Jones, a guard/tackle coming back from a fractured heel, actually dressed out and participated in some drills during OU’s first spring practice Monday.

Habern, a center/guard who broke his fibula late last season, did some light running and worked on snaps along the sideline.

Line impresses during winter
At the advent of spring ball last year, Stoops called out his offensive line for its lack of "work ethic” and "attitude.”

But this winter, Stoops was pleased with the way the line worked.

"They’ve been one of our best groups, how they’ve worked, met the challenge every day and their attitude,” Stoops said. "I’m pleased with where they’re at right now, at least to this point with the work they’ve done.”

Murray to participate in everything but scrimmages
For the first time since his freshman year, senior running back DeMarco Murray will be able to participate in spring ball.

Murray, healthy during the off-season for the first time in three years, will take part in many of the drills, though won’t be involved in any live hitting or scrimmages for precautionary reasons.

"He will do everything every day outside of anything that is live and take-it-to-the-ground,” Stoops said. "I’m not going to take a chance on him getting twisted up or getting caught somewhere. I’ve seen DeMarco play a lot of football and it’s been a lot of good football. I’m just not taking that chance on something silly happening to a guy who knows how to play."

Chaisson moving inside
Due to a lack of bodies at the position, the Sooners have moved freshman defensive end Justin Chaisson to tackle.

"He’s kind of growing and getting bigger,” Stoops said.

Jones, Habern expected back after spring break


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