NORMAN — Oklahoma athletics confirmed after Monday's practice that offensive guard Nila Kasitati is out with a torn ACL.
Kasitati was playing in Saturday's game against Texas Tech when, in the second half, he had to be helped off the field. He sat on the sideline with a bag of ice on his right knee. After the game, Kasitati exited on crutches.
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops announced at noon Monday that he believed Kasitati had torn his ACL but had not received the MRI. Once the MRI came back, the media was informed Monday evening.
Kasitati has already taken a redshirt year. He was expected to be one of Oklahoma's top backups after injuries came to Ben Habern and Tyler Evans, both starting lineman. (Evans suffered a torn ACL during preseason practice). Kasitati had missed a few days of practice in the preseason due to cardiac surgery that corrected a heart arrhythmia.
STILLS SHINES IN COTTON BOWL
Some of junior receiver Kenny Stills' best games as a Sooner have come inside the Cotton Bowl against Texas.
As a true freshman in 2010, Stills caught five passes for 78 yards, which included a 16-yard, first-quarter touchdown. Last season, he recorded two touchdown receptions.
“It's just fun because there's no other stadium that's split in half,” Stills said of the OU-Texas atmosphere.
“Every play, there's some type of crowd noise going on. The defense makes a big play, their fans are going crazy. Then our offense makes a big play, and our fans are going crazy. It's just a lot of fun, and one of the best atmospheres we play in.”
When asked for his favorite OU-Texas memory, he recalled that first touchdown.
“It wasn't expected,” Stills said. “I didn't think the opportunity was gonna come as fast as it did, and it did.”
Another favorite moment from that game was captured in a photograph that still hangs in Stills' locker.
He's running down the Texas sideline with the ball, Texas coach Mack Brown has his hands on his head and there are Longhorn fans in the background making an obscene gesture toward Stills.
“That's one of my favorite pictures,” he said with a laugh. “It's fun; I love playing against the crowd and with the crowd.”
Those first two big performances came with Stills playing more as an outside receiver. This year, he's moved inside and is more often a slot receiver.
Stills has been — by far — the Sooners' best receiver this season, leading the team with 29 catches, 344 yards and three scores.
COLVIN ‘COULD PLAY ANYWHERE'
Aaron Colvin, fresh off one of the finer performances of his career in OU's 41-20 win at Texas Tech, “could play anywhere,” Bob Stoops said during his Monday news conference.
The junior cornerback came on a blitz, jumped and intercepted a pass Saturday. He later tipped a ball to Javon Harris, who returned the interception 46 yards for a score.
As a freshman, Colvin played corner but was moved to safety for most of last season.
“He played the whole year a year ago at safety,” Stoops said. “If we played him there, he'd be a great safety, too.
“He could do whatever you need him to do, really. He's got size. He's got great ball skills. And he's tough.”
Colvin said he prefers playing cornerback.
“I think corner is where I excel at,” Colvin said. “I can play both, but I feel very comfortable at corner.”
*Jamarkus McFarland, Trey Metoyer and Colvin were all banged up a bit on Saturday. McFarland bruised his quad, Metoyer bruised his shoulder and Colvin bruised his knee.
*Stacy McGee and the suspended wide receivers will remain under sidelined for the Red Rivalry game.
*The kickoff time for Oklahoma's game against Kansas on Oct. 20 will be 6 p.m. The game will be televised by FSN.
*Oklahoma's total offense ranks sixth and total defense ranks third in the conference.