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OU football notebook: Travis Lewis stays in blowout to work his conditioning

NOTEBOOK — OU defensive backs Jamell Fleming and Aaron Colvin miss time with injuries, though Sooners' coach Bob Stoops says he anticipates both being back for the Texas game
by Jenni Carlson and Ryan Aber Published: October 1, 2011

Oklahoma linebacker Travis Lewis hasn't practiced much during the week as he's come back from a broken foot that kept him out of the first game of the season.

So with nearly all of the other starters out of the game in the fourth quarter, Lewis remained in the game.

Stoops said Lewis talked the coaching staff into leaving him in the game to build up his conditioning as he works back from the injury.

“He convinced not only me but coach (Brent) Venables,” Stoops said. “I wasn't pleased about it. I was actually complaining about it a series or two before.”

Venables said it was a tough call but that he trusted Lewis' instincts.

“There's a delicate balance,” Venables said. “He needs to play and he's missed a ton of football. I don't care who you are, you need to play and sharpen your skill set.”

Lewis said he hoped to participate in the full week of practice this week.

FLEMING LEAVES GAME EARLY

With a secondary that's been up and down through the early part of the season, losing a cornerback could hurt the Sooners down the road.

Late in the first quarter, Jamell Fleming went low for a tackle on Ball State's Keith Wenning and took a knee to his helmet.

Fleming left and did not return. He appeared to have suffered a concussion on the play.

Sooner coach Bob Stoops said he didn't anticipate Fleming missing more time.

Also missing from the secondary was sophomore safety Aaron Colvin, who suffered a concussion in last week's win over Missouri.

POLL WATCHING

The Sooners dropped a spot in last week's Associated Press poll despite winning.

Could it happen again this week?

Their 56-point victory against Ball State will likely be enough to impress voters and keep them at No. 2, but Alabama could push to take over that spot. The Crimson Tide, which was only nine points behind the Sooners in this week's poll, won 38-10 at Florida.

Winning in the Swamp is always tough, but the Gators did play the second half without quarterback John Brantley, who was injured. That may factor into voters' minds.

Regardless of what happens with OU and Alabama, LSU is almost sure to stay at the top of the poll after rolling Kentucky, 35-7.

BACKING UP LANDRY?

It took awhile, but at the start of the fourth quarter and with OU leading by 53 points, the Sooners finally replaced Landry Jones.

The back-up?

Drew Allen was the man. The redshirt sophomore was listed as the co-second teamer with redshirt freshman Blake Bell, but just as in the Tulsa game, Allen was the first back-up off the bench. He played three series, going 3 of 4 for 14 yards before giving way to Bell.

Bell played the final possession of the game, going 1 of 2 for 8 yards but rushing for 18 yards on three carries.

WILLIAMS MAKES DEBUT

Stoops said freshman running back Brandon Williams was expected to play at some point this season.

With Saturday's game well in hand as the game neared halftime, the highly touted back from Brookshire, Texas, had an inauspicious debut. Williams dropped a pass from Landry Jones late in the second quarter.

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by Jenni Carlson
Columnist
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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