Five Sooners were named to the coaches' All-Big 12 team on Tuesday, while defensive end Jeremy Beal was named the Defensive Lineman of the Year.
Safety Tony Jefferson was honored as the Co-Defensive Freshman of the Year along with Oklahoma State's Shaun Lewis.
OU's first-team selections included Beal, running back DeMarco Murray, receiver Ryan Broyles, offensive tackle Eric Mensik and safety Quinton Carter. Freshman fullback Trey Millard and linebacker Travis Lewis were second-team picks. Quarterback Landry Jones, wideout Kenny Stills and cornerback Jamell Fleming received honorable mention. Beal received votes as Defensive Player of the Year, which went to Nebraska cornerback Prince Amukamara. Broyles got votes for Offensive Player of the Year, but that honor went to Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon. Bob Stoops got support for Coach of the Year, but was beaten out by Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy.
Stoops continues to be optimistic that Murray, who missed the fourth quarter at OSU with a knee injury, will be able to play Saturday.
â€œDeMarco has improved over the last couple days,â€ Stoops said. â€œWe'll just see. It's a little early in the week. I'm not hiding anything. The positive part is he has felt much better each day. So we'll see. For me to say anything else puts pressure on him, whether I'm expecting him to play or not. I want him to be comfortable and feel good about it.â€
Offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson was even more optimistic.
â€œI felt pretty good about him going into Baylor and I think he looks more positive than that,â€ said Wilson, referring to Murray playing through an injury to his side in that game. â€œUntil we get out and really start running as the week goes, see how it goes as we get into Wednesday-Thursday. It's gonna be to our advantage to have him. He's one of our best players and I would expect him to go.
â€œWe've got some good backs. But I think No. 7 will be No. 7 and play well Saturday.â€
PELINI WILL WAIT UNTIL SATURDAY BEFORE NAMING STARTING QB
Nebraska coach Bo Pelini was asked Tuesday during his weekly news conference about his timetable for naming a starting quarterback.
â€œWhat time's the game start Saturday?â€ Pelini quipped.
Starter Taylor Martinez is gradually working back into the mix after missing last week's game with Colorado with turf toe. He's also been dealing with a nagging sprained ankle on his other foot.
Against Colorado, Cody Green started in Martinez's place and played well, throwing for three touchdowns.
Pelini went on to say that whoever looks best in practice this week will get the starting nod against OU. Pelini hasn't ruled out playing both quarterbacks, either.
STOOPS: FIRST BATTLE OF BIG REDS MOST MEMORABLE
Stoops has won 127 games since coming to OU. But right up there with any of those victories, Stoops' most memorable was the victory over top-ranked Nebraska that propelled the Sooners to the 2000 national championship.
â€œWe are finally back in the national picture at number two in the country. They're one. Both teams are playing excellent. With the tradition and history of this game, to be back in the hunt,â€ Stoops said. â€œWe really started to feel we're getting Oklahoma back to where it needs to be. And then with all that was on the line, to be down and to come back. When have Oklahoma people stormed the field since? You couldn't keep them off the field that day. I don't care how many horses or dogs they might have had. Or keep the goal posts up. I remember unfortunately being interviewed by Lynn Swann by the goal posts, and he and I are dodging pepper spray. Even that was fun. We started covering up and walking away.â€
Stoops was also asked, within his six conference title victories, about a play or moment that still stuck out to him.
Stoops went back to the 2000 showdown with Kansas State, when the Sooners pulled out some chicanery using quarterback Josh Heupel and running back Quintin Griffin to hold off the Wildcats, 27-24.
â€œK-State's coming back,â€ Stoops recalled. â€œIt's tight and it's fourth-and-one, and we haven't run the option all year. Heupel still can't run the option. We run the option, pitch it to Q and he's out the gate. Once he is, you're like, â€˜Whew.'â€
The Sooner defense will have its hands full dealing with crafty Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead.
The Huskers use the former high school quarterback in their Wildcat set, which has been an effective weapon down the backstretch of the season. Out of the Wildcat, Burkhead threw two touchdowns against Colorado. He also ran for 101 yards and another touchdown.
â€œHe's a multiple threat guy who runs really well,â€ Stoops said. â€œIf you look at all-purpose yardage, he's got big numbers. It gets down to discipline to defend gaps, to be smart in alignments. And then no matter who it is, they always have some play-actions passing off of it.
â€œYou've got to read your keys. If the tight ends are releasing or wherever the receivers are going, you pick them up and are ready to defend it. It's something we'll work hard on this week.â€
Freshman defensive tackle Daniel Noble is still out with a knee injury and won't play Saturday. ... The Sooners practiced inside Tuesday, due in part to the chilly weather, and in part because they'll be playing indoors Saturday.
Stoops, on Cowboys Stadium's enormous Jumbotron: â€œYou don't wanna be picking your nose, that's for sure.â€