OU football notebook: Jonathan Miller decides to transfer

By Travis Haney, Staff Writer, thaney@opubco.com Published: September 6, 2011

Oklahoma's backfield is now a little less crowded, with coach Bob Stoops delivering the news Tuesday that sophomore running back Jonathan Miller has decided to transfer.

Stoops said the decision came down to “family decisions and the opportunity to maybe play a little more.”

“We're all OK with that,” Stoops said. “He's a good young man, and I'm sure he's going to do really well.”

Miller was listed on the preseason depth chart as a co-starter with Brennan Clay, who did start the game against Tulsa. Miller did not appear until Oklahoma's second-to-last series, when the Sooners led 47-14. He came in with backup quarterback Drew Allen.

Miller did get seven carries (for 20 yards) as OU ate up the final minutes, but he sounded frustrated afterward.

“Just when I thought it couldn't get any worse,” he said on Twitter an hour or so after the game.

Decision made, he had cooled down by Tuesday.

“Want to thank all the coaches and academic staff and teammates who have always helped me,” he tweeted.

Miller, from Garland, Texas, told Clay he planned to stay in school through the rest of the semester before transferring. He also urged a couple of Sooners to win the school's eighth national title for the late Austin Box.

WILL BRANDON WILLIAMS PLAY THIS FALL?

One noticeable absence from that stable of running backs Saturday was freshman Brandon Williams. At one point, he had a helmet on and appeared destined for the game. But he was ultimately held out.

Stoops, who talked about Williams throughout camp, said he still anticipates Williams playing this fall.

“We don't intend to redshirt him,” he said. “We'll just see where that goes. We haven't intended to redshirt him. … Those are always kind of tough decisions.”

Fumbles in practice have been one thing keeping Williams down the depth chart, one source said.



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