Oklahoma sophomore receiver Trey Franks has been indefinitely suspended for violating unspecified team rules, the school said Tuesday afternoon.
Franks, a starter in OU's three-wide sets, had seven catches for 74 yards in the opener against Tulsa, but he was held without a catch last weekend at Florida State.
Receivers coach Jay Norvell did not elaborate on the nature or length of the suspension, referring additional questions to Bob Stoops, who had already spoken Tuesday at his news conference.
Franks hinted on Twitter that he was not pleased with his involvement in the offense in the win at FSU.
Norvell mentioned Dejuan Miller, who started the opener when Kenny Stills was suspended, as the likely replacement for Franks in the interim.
“Obviously we'll have to play another guy over there on the right side,” Norvell said. “Dejuan's played a lot of football around here. He's certainly capable. He'll get an opportunity.”
Norvell also said this could create more opportunities for young receivers such as Jaz Reynolds and freshman Kameel Jackson.
CALI SOONERS SUPPORT MOVE WEST
Stoops presumed last week that his players were not concerned about the possibility of OU moving to another league. Ah, but on the contrary in the cases of the team's San Diego-area trio of Brennan Clay, Tony Jefferson and Stills.
They've been tuned in fairly closely, using Twitter. Jefferson asked Monday afternoon, as the school's board was meeting, if the Sooners were yet in the Pac-16.
“I would love that, man, for all three of us to play at home,” Clay said. “It's so much easier on our families. Two hours away (to play in Los Angeles)? That's a big change.”
Clay said he could not have imagined this when he signed. Back then, the talk was the possibility of a move to the SEC – the opposite direction.
“I remember thinking, ‘If we go to the SEC, we're going to take a pounding every weekend,' ” Clay said. “We'd have to bring in some big boys (to play offensive line). Those Down South kids, they're large. They're pretty big. That would have been fun, as well.”
STOOPS INSISTS FINCH NOT IN DOGHOUSE, WILL PLAY
After receiving no touches, catches or carries, in the Florida State game, sophomore Roy Finch is presumed to be in some sort of doghouse with the coaching staff. Stoops, though, said Tuesday that is not the case.
He said Clay and Dominique Whaley have been good more than Finch, the team's second-leading rusher a year ago, has been bad.
“Other guys are doing some things we really like right now,” Stoops said, “but Roy is going to play.”
Stoops did say that Finch cost the Sooners a timeout Saturday when he was not ready to check into the game when called upon. But Stoops said he did not and would not hold that against him.
“People make mistakes,” he said. “You yell at them and then it's over.”
BROYLES TURNS IN SICK PERFORMANCE AT FSU
All-America receiver Ryan Broyles was downright sick at Florida State. Like, sick in a bad way.
He woke up Saturday feeling puny. That had not changed by kickoff, but he had two IV treatments before the game, one more at halftime and he got through it.
“I wasn't going to let that stop me from playing,” he said. “I just got out there and played.”
Stoops added Broyles would have had to be in a hospital bed not to play against the Seminoles.
Broyles still caught seven passes for 55 yards, including a huge 22-yard, third-down reception on the game-winning touchdown drive.
The cause? As best he could tell, eating fish Friday night. You would think fish in Florida would be a safe call.
BIG CROWD IN TALLAHASSEE, TUNING IN AT HOME
ESPN officials said Monday the OU-FSU game drew 9.3 million viewers, more than any Saturday night game since the 2009 Big 12 title game between Nebraska and Texas.
The viewing audience for the game was larger than the first three weeks combined for ABC's Saturday night telecasts.
There were a lot of folks at Doak Campbell Stadium, too. It was a stadium-record of 84,392 fans.