Wednesday, during OU coach Bob Stoops' last session with reporters until Monday's weekly news conference, he declined to give an update on junior safety Tony Jefferson's status.
Jefferson hurt his ankle early in the 69-13 rout of Florida A&M on Sept. 8, and he still wasn't practicing earlier this week.
“I'll give an update on Monday,” Stoops responded. “I'm not going daily on an update on an off week.
“We expect him to be there Monday.”
Senior Jesse Paulsen, a former walk-on, played in Jefferson's place Saturday after his injury.
OU (2-0) returns to game action at home Sept. 22, when the Sooners open Big 12 play against Kansas State.
THROUGH TWO GAMES, RED ZONE OFFENSE IMPROVED
Among Oklahoma's problems last season was its ability to convert red-zone opportunities into touchdowns.
OU ended the 2011 season scoring just 39 touchdowns in 66 trips inside their opponents' 20-yard line.
Two games into 2012, though, the Sooners are better statistically in the red zone than they were last year through two games, albeit against much weaker competition.
Combined, in the 2011 season opener against Tulsa and Game 2 at Florida State, OU scored six touchdowns in 13 red-zone trips.
While opening this season with wins at UTEP and against Florida A&M, the Sooners have been perfect in scoring touchdowns on all 10 of their red-zone opportunities.
Nine of those red-zone trips, though, came in the 69-13 rout of Florida A&M, a vastly overmatched FCS opponent.
Still, the 2012 numbers are encouraging because of how the touchdowns have been scored. When OU scored touchdowns in the redzone late last season, they came almost exclusively on runs by backup quarterback Blake Bell in the package known as the “Belldozer.”
Of the 10 red-zone touchdowns so far this year, two have come on passes and four different backs — none of which were Bell — scored the others.
STOOPS PLEASED WITH TV DEAL
Stoops said he's happy with the athletic department's recently announced 10-year agreement with FOX Sports. The television partnership created blocks of OU programming on various FOX outlets, totaling around 1,000 hours annually, known as “Sooner Sports TV.”
“It's great for the university and the athletic department, and all the sports,” Stoops said. “I think it's great coverage, and you've gotta compliment our administration the way they went about it, behind the scenes, and got it all accomplished in a positive way.”
Stoops said the increased exposure will be good for recruiting, adding that, “Any time you're in front of people in that way, it's very positive.”
NEW FACE OF OKLAHOMA?
Defensive end Chuka Ndulue doesn't know where the heck running back Damien Williams came from.
In practice, Williams went hard, but not hard enough to hurt somebody. When Ndulue faced him the first time in practice, he thought Williams wouldn't be a problem.
“I thought he was going to crumble and let me tackle him,” Ndulue said, “but he just lowered his shoulder.
“He keeps his feet moving, every time. Five guys around him, his feet are still going.”
What also makes Williams special is the yards he gains after contact. But his speed and big plays, including a 65-yard touchdown against UTEP and 89-yard score against Florida A&M, earned Williams two nicknames: “That guy,” and “The face of Oklahoma.”
Williams laughs at both.
“He is like, ‘C'mon guys, it's just two runs,'” Ndulue said. “Just two runs? Really?”