Coach Bob Stoops said every injured player except defensive tackle Casey Walker (knee) participated in Monday's practice in shorts, including middle linebacker Austin Box, sidelined almost two months with a back injury.
"He'll have to work his way back being out there, taking snaps, getting conditioning," Stoops said. "There's a lot to it. We'll see how he responds, how he handles it."
Linebacker Travis Lewis said today's full-pad practice will reveal more of how much Box might be able to play Saturday.
"I know he's full-go but his reps are kind of limited," Lewis said. "We'll see more when we get into 'backer drills and our team setting."
EVANS A FULL-TIME STARTER?
After coming off the bench at Cincinnati, Tyler Evans played every series at right guard against Texas. Ben Habern played the entire game at center. Tackles Donald Stephenson and Eric Mensik were spelled a few series by Jarvis Jones.
Gabe Ikard and Stephen Good split time at left guard. Offensive line coach James Patton said Brian Lepak was a "little sick" in practice two weeks ago but is still part of an eight-man rotation.
"When you put a couple of scoring drives together, you keep that group together and then rotate it up," Patton said.
MISSOURI KICKOFF IN LIMBO
Kickoff time for OU's game next week at Missouri won't be announced until Sunday. ABC will televise two games at 2:30 and 7 p.m. The other game being considered for both slots is Nebraska at Oklahoma State.
COLVIN HAS NEW NICKNAME
Lewis has given freshman cornerback Aaron "Slick" Colvin a new nickname: "AC."
"Slick is good but I like AC because he cools down (wide receivers)," Lewis said. "Every time I see him on the sideline I tell him, 'AC, keep cooling 'em down.' I think he likes it."
Against Texas, Colvin started in place of the injured Jamell Fleming.
"What (Colvin) has done the past two weeks has been unbelievable," Lewis said. "There's been like one or two balls caught on him. People see a true freshman and try to attack him but they can't. The guy is a player. It's comforting AC is out there who can do just as good a job. That's going to turn the competition level up."
ISU RUNNING BACK QUESTIONABLE
Alexander Robinson, Iowa State's leading rusher who injured his foot last week against Utah, is day-to-day. A decision might not be made until kickoff. Coach Paul Rhoads said if Robinson plays it will be in a limited role. ISU will start either redshirt freshman Jeff Wood or true freshman Shontrelle Johnson, who have combined for 326 yards on 55 carries.
CYCLONES STRUGGLING DEFENSIVELY
The Cyclones upset Texas Tech 52-38 two weeks ago but were embarrassed 68-27 at home by No. 10 Utah last week. Since Iowa State is ranked 97th nationally in total defense, Rhoads was asked if ISU's best shot at an upset is winning a shoot-out.
"I don't think the folks in Norman are worried about us coming in and creating a shoot-out," Rhoads said. "We're just going to try and be sound and force them to move the ball down the field and not score on big plays and see if we can find a little success offensively."
WORT GETTING MORE COMFORTABLE
Because redshirt middle linebacker Tom Wort suffered a season-ending injury a year ago, Stoops said Wort essentially is a true freshman.
"The middle linebacker is a difficult position to play with all the different misdirection and different ways people block things," Stoops said. "It takes time. We really felt he had excellent game against Texas. He had been a little inconsistent before that but that's not unnatural for a guy who hasn't played much."