As much as Oklahoma receiver Kenny Stills might have hinted Monday that he will be suspended for the opener against Tulsa, Sooners coach Bob Stoops chose not to reveal his status.
“You know, I don't ever announce whether someone is (available) or not,” Stoops said.
Stills was arrested in late January on a misdemeanor DUI charge. The sophomore, the second-leading receiver on last year's team, showed disappointment in several tweets Monday morning.
“Gunna be a tough week for me,” he tweeted.
Later, he told punter Tress Way he would “prepare just like I was getting after it on Saturday. You learn from your mistakes,” he said later, “but it's rough when you already knew better.” Told about Stills' tone, Stoops still didn't budge.
“Well, that's up to him,” he said. “He can say whatever he wants. I'll stick to my protocol for (the past) 13 years.”
PHILLIPS IN, 2 OUT
Stoops did confirm Monday that freshman defensive tackle Jordan Phillips is officially practicing and eligible. Phillips tweeted Friday he had been given the thumbs up from the NCAA's Clearinghouse.
Freshman receiver Trey Metoyer did not get the news he wanted, though, and Stoops said he'll spend the fall at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia. Stoops said he thought Metoyer would still have four years of eligibility upon enrolling at OU in January.
Additionally, Stoops said freshman defensive tackle Jordan Wade is sitting out this fall, “continuing to work on a grade and test score and we hope he can be here” after the season.
STILL WAITING ON RONNELL
Despite those player updates, there was nothing new from Stoops on defensive end Ronnell Lewis' eligibility.
“When I know something definitive, I'll say it,” Stoops said.
Lewis did miss practice Monday because of a friend's funeral. He took reps last week with the first-team defense, and he was listed on Monday's depth chart as the starter.
JEFFERSON'S A GO
When Stills was arrested, linebacker Tony Jefferson was hit with a charge for interfering with an arrest. Some presumed late last week, on Twitter, that meant Jefferson would also be suspended for the opener.
Jefferson fired back that he would play.
“That made me mad. I was like, ‘Why would you say that?'” Jefferson said Monday. “I don't know where that came from. Everybody kept saying I was suspended for a game, but I'm not.”
Don't presume Patrick O'Hara has the kickoff job nailed down just yet. Stoops threw the door open Monday for redshirt freshman Michael Hunnicutt.
“He's hit them a lot better during camp,” Stoops said. “He's on board, ready to go, too.”
BRADFORD STATUE GOES UP WEDNESDAY, MINUS BRADFORD
Former OU quarterback Sam Bradford will have his statue erected sometime during the day Wednesday, the school said. Bradford, busy with the St. Louis Rams, will not be able to make it back for a ceremony until a later date. Bradford's statue will join the school's other four Heisman winners on the east side of Memorial Stadium.