NORMAN — Marshall Musil caught one pass for 12 yards this season before he suffered a torn ACL in practice last week.
The junior fullback was a contributor on kickoffs and special teams. Coach Bob Stoops said the team was running a punt cover drill, and the injury happened much like the one that occurred to lineman Tyler Evans during training camp.
“He was just running, broke down on the running back to change direction and just dropped,” Stoops said of the incident. “His cleat got caught in the grass. It just twisted his knee and snapped his anterior cruciate.”
Stoops said the protocol for the injury is an eventual surgery, but the player typically spends a couple weeks trying to strengthen the muscle before the operation.
Oklahoma's head coach had no other injuries to report. He confirmed that safety Tony Jefferson did practice all week and that players previously suspended still remain under suspension.
STOOPS TALKS INJURY REPORTS
Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said Saturday that he and conference athletic directors will discuss a possible uniform injury reporting policy.
Scott's comments came after one USC beat reporter was banned two weeks from practices for writing about an injury. Washington recently announced a new policy against discussing player injuries,
Coach Bob Stoops was asked Wednesday for his thoughts on the idea of a conference injury reporting policy.
“I don't mind it if everyone wants to do it,” Stoops said, before expanding on the reasons he is hesitant to disclose player injuries.
“It's all about gambling. ... Gambling becomes the issue when Joe Shmoe down there loses a big chunk of change on the last play of the game, when we have our (third team) in, getting them some snaps, and all of the sudden we don't cover the spread.
“It just feeds it. And I don't believe in that. I say to heck with them.”
Stoops also said he doesn't like an opponent knowing about a player's possible weaknesses, because if he does play, the other team can exploit them.
“They don't need to be handicapped or put in a position to be taken advantage of,” Stoops said. “If he's definitely out, I've always said a guy's definitely out when I knew.”
BROWN TALKS ABOUT WHAT IT TAKES TO PLAY SLOT RECEIVER
Oklahoma senior receiver Justin Brown's arrival from Penn State was part of the chain of events that ultimately led to a permanent move to the slot for junior Kenny Stills.
Brown (6-foot-3, 209 pounds) has caught six passes for 87 yards in two games so far at OU; as a Nittany Lion last season, he grabbed 35 passes for 517 yards and two scores, and some of that came with the natural outside receiver playing inside because of injuries.
Stills has flourished in the slot through two games, leading the Sooners with 16 catches, 241 yards and two touchdowns so far.
“It's a transition,” Brown said of moving inside. “It depends on the person, and how fast they can read coverages and pick it up.
“If you have some football smarts, it's not that hard. You basically have a lot more freedom; you have a lot more field to work with. It's beneficial to know how to play slot and outside.”
But in addition to brains, a slot receiver needs a certain mentality to make plays across the middle when you're subject to intense collisions with linebackers.
“You've got to be fearless,” Brown said. “You can't be scared going across the middle, because that's basically what you're gonna be doing.
“That's what it comes down to; you have to have that mentality that you're gonna take a hit and you'd better be able to make the catch.”
Oklahoma assistant guard/center coach James Patton on if OU's defense is gap sound every day:
“Sure. Definitely. We had some good on good today.”