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OU notebook: Corey Nelson gets an assist from fan

BY TRAVIS HANEY AND BERRY TRAMEL, Staff Writers, thaney@opubco.com; btramel@opubco.com Published: October 17, 2011

Oklahoma linebacker Corey Nelson officially finished Saturday's win against Kansas with two sacks.

By late Monday morning, he had been credited with a third. A fan noticed the discrepancy and alerted David Bassity and Kenny Mossman in the university's sports information department. Video viewed by Bassity confirmed that Nelson dropped KU quarterback Jordan Webb an additional time.

“I didn't even know that until now,” Nelson said Monday evening, after learning a fan came to his aid. “I appreciate that.”

In picking up the third, the SIDs said Nelson became the second OU player under Stoops to record three sacks in a game.

Nelson did have to leave the game late. The sophomore was relieved to learn Sunday morning that his right arm did have not have any broken bones. He has some ligament damage, and he said it's something related to a sprain, but he is expected to be able to play through it.

“I did get good news,” Nelson said. “It (hurts) a little bit. It's not any major pain, severe pain. It's slight soreness here and there.”

He said he injured the arm when he “smashed” it into the Kansas turf.

Coach Bob Stoops complimented Nelson's practice Monday, in fact, calling it “great.”

Nelson started in Travis Lewis' absence in the opener, and he's been rotated in on a number of occasions since Lewis' return. He's been used some in OU's blitz packages, including on third downs when the team uses its four-defensive end front.

“He's done well,” defensive coordinator Brent Venables said. “He's had a winning grade every week.”

WORT SHOULD PLAY, BUT BIRD IS SUITABLE BACKUP

Venables said he expects middle linebacker Tom Wort (back) to be ready to play Saturday against Texas Tech. But he has been impressed by Jaydan Bird's play when Wort has had to come out the past two weeks, against Texas and Kansas.

“I've been very proud of him, really proud,” Venables said, adding Bird worked mostly at weakside linebacker last week only to have to enter for Wort in the middle.

“He's got to know the game plan at both,” Venables said, “so it's harder than it probably seems.”

Playing well had extra benefits last week, considering Bird is a native of Wichita. He estimated he had between 12-15 family members in the stands at Kansas Memorial Stadium, including his family and his wife's family.

Bird finished with five tackles, including one for a loss, in about 20-25 snaps.

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