Junior defensive end Frank Alexander continues to be a small part of the Sooner defense.
Alexander was a part-time starter as a freshman and sophomore, and seemed primed for a big junior season. Even after a sprained ankle kept him out of the opener.
But against Texas, senior Pryce Macon started, and Alexander barely stepped on the field, failing even to show up on the defensive box score.
Again, coach Bob Stoops, who maintains Alexander is close enough to 100 percent, was asked during his weekly press conference Tuesday why Alexander isn't starting.
"Let me put it this way — there's no positive way to say it when a guy isn't starting. And I'm not much in sitting here detailing it, because I have 85 guys and only 11 start on one side or the other," Stoops responded. "So Frank is in very good standing with us. He's a wonderful young guy that continues to work. We are going to start the guys or play the most that we feel, practicing or playing, are giving us the most production and the best. Otherwise, it's the only way for me to keep my job and win.
"In the end, not only Frank, but anyone else that's not starting we obviously feel someone else is doing something a little bit better, a little more consistent, a little more the way we want it. And that's how it will be today, tomorrow or anytime as long as I'm here. So I'm just not gonna anymore sit here and try and detail why certain guys that people think ought to be starting are, for whatever reason... It's just not for me to do. Just because there's not a positive way to say it."
Stoops was pressed for more specifics. Is Pryce Macon playing better? Is Alexander's ankle still bothering him?
Replied Stoops: "Could be a little bit of both."
FINCH, BOX UPDATES
Running back Roy Finch and linebacker Austin Box have practiced this week and continue to be on track to make their season debuts Saturday.