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OU football notebook: Sooners defensive end Frank Alexander injures shoulder, will play vs. OSU

BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, Modified: November 26, 2011 at 6:11 pm •  Published: November 26, 2011

Oklahoma defensive end Frank Alexander suffered a shoulder injury early in the fourth quarter of the Sooners' 26-6 win over Iowa State, but returned to the game.

“I don't know how it happened,” Alexander said. “I guess someone ran into my shoulder. It felt like it got knocked out of place. (Trainers) came over and did some things and the pain started leaving. I was nervous at first. I didn't know what to expect.”

So was he optimistic he will play this week against Oklahoma State?

“I'm fine,” Alexander said. “I'll just have to take it slow through the week. I can't be putting too much pressure on it. They said they'll watch it closely. I'll come in every day for treatment.”


Sophomore wide receiver Jaz Reynolds, who has averaged 86.5 receiving yards the past eight games, didn't play Saturday. But it wasn't because of a shoulder injury he suffered last week against Baylor.

“He could have played. He was suspended for violation of team rules,” said OU coach Bob Stoops.

Will Reynolds play against OSU?

“Yes, provided things are right this week,” Stoops said.


After Javon Harris was burned for several big plays against Baylor, the question all last week was: who would start at free safety? Harris? Tony Jefferson? Sam Proctor?

The answer: Aaron Colvin. It's the third different position Colvin has started this season.

“It's been difficult at times, but I like being able to play every position,” Colvin said. “That's really something I take pride in. Playing free safety was fun, first time ever doing it. Wherever they want me to play, I'll play... It's a lot faster. You have to be more on your toes and ready to trigger on things.”

Proctor started at strong safety. Harris was used in some passing down nickel packages.

“I'm really happy for (Proctor),” said defensive coordinator Brent Venables. “He's been a starter and has been hired and fired several times. To see him go out and play at such a high level on Senior Day, when we needed someone to step up, is pretty cool. I'm happy for Sam. I'm happy for us.”


The Belldozer, OU's short-yardage, goal-line package directed by backup quarterback Blake Bell, continues to produce first downs and touchdowns but hit a couple of snags against Iowa State.

“I'm not surprised,” Stoops said. “The more people watch it you're going to have to adjust... It was a little more challenging, obviously, but some of it was good, too.”

Four times the Cyclones stuffed Bell, five times if you include a 3-yard loss when Bell ran the option, pitching to fullback Trey Millard.

The second time the package was used late in the first quarter, Bell threw an interception on second-and-goal at the 1-yard line.

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