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OU football notebook: Austin Box will ease back in

By Mike Baldwin, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Modified: October 11, 2010 at 9:11 pm •  Published: October 11, 2010

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."

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