With senior defensive tackle Casey Walker returning after missing OU's first two games, senior David King moved back outside to defensive end for last week's Big 12 opener against Kansas State.
King and sophomore Chuka Ndulue started the game as defensive ends, with senior R.J. Washington coming in off the bench for the first time this season.
King and Washington are close, and King was asked about the rotation shake-up this week.
“(Washington) started off the season starting the first two games, and then for whatever reason, coach (Bobby Jack) Wright decided that Chuka was a better fit,” King said. “It has to be frustrating, but that's not something I want to talk about because it doesn't pertain to me.”
Wright, though, said King and Ndulue were just a better match against Kansas State's rushing attack, where Washington is a better pass rusher.
“(Kansas State is a) run-oriented football team, a team that's using two tight ends, three running backs,” Wright said. “A bigger, stronger, more physical presence with David and Chuka. That was more the thinking there.”
He said the end starters could change week-to-week, depending on the opponent.
“Some guys have strengths that other guys don't have,” Wright said.
STOOPS THINKS OVERTIME RULES NEED TWEAKS
When potential rule changes are discussed in college football, coaches are asked to vote and provide opinions, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said.
“Still waiting for overtime to be changed,” Stoops said. “It needs to be pushed back.”
The Sooners coach isn't a fan of teams taking possession at the opposing 25-yard line because it doesn't force anyone to work very hard to get into field goal range.
In 1998, Stoops was still defensive coordinator at Florida, and the then-No. 2 Gators were playing at No. 6 Tennessee. The game went into overtime tied at 17.
Florida took possession first, and picked up a first down before Collins Cooper's 32-yard field goal attempt sailed wide left.
Tennessee's offense wasn't nearly as successful on the ensuing possession, but Jeff Hall drilled a 41-yard field goal to win the game. The Volunteers went on to claim the national championship that season.
“If (overtime drives started) at the 45-yard line, he'd have had to earn the field goal,” Stoops said. “It seems you ought to have to earn the kick.”
REPORT: OU WON'T HONOR BEYER'S SCHOLARSHIP
Matt Beyer, a San Antonio offensive tackle who committed to Oklahoma in July but had to give up football because of a neck injury, will not be granted a scholarship, he told ESPN.com Thursday.
Oklahoma has the power to honor scholarships by granting medical hardships, like it did last year for tight end commit Laith Harlow, who committed to the Sooners but gave up football during his senior high school season.
Medical hardships, permitted by the NCAA, do not count against the 85-scholarship limit for football programs. Senior center Ben Habern decided to give up football before the season because of lingering injuries, and sophomore guard Dylan Dismuke did the same during the summer.
Both Habern and Dismuke kept their scholarships via medical hardship.
Bobby Jack Wright, on moving forward after last week's 24-19 loss to Kansas State:
“It's a long season, and you take what was bad and you get it corrected. But I'll be honest with you; There wasn't near as much bad, and I'm not gonna go out and jump off the building.”