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Bob Stoops expects to know Jalen Saunders’ eligibility status Tuesday

by Jason Kersey Published: August 27, 2012
Jalen Saunders, who transferred in from Fresno State, won't be eligible this year at Oklahoma. AP PHOTO
Jalen Saunders, who transferred in from Fresno State, won't be eligible this year at Oklahoma. AP PHOTO
NORMAN — Oklahoma fans remain eager to know if Jalen Saunders will be eligible to play this season.

Those fans will have to wait one more day, Bob Stoops said Monday.

The Sooner head coach said he expects to know Tuesday the result of Saunders’ waiver request to the NCAA for immediate eligibility.

Saunders led Fresno State in receiving last season as a sophomore with 50 catches, 1,065 yards and 12 touchdowns while earning All-WAC honors.

The 5-foot-9, 160-pound receiver chose to leave Fresno State after coach Pat Hill was fired and replaced by Tim DeRuyter.

If Saunders becomes eligible, OU will have gone in three months from having one active wide receiver, Kenny Stills, with a career Division I catch to having three of them — including Penn State transfer Justin Brown — entering the Sooners’ season opener Saturday at UTEP.

Regarding another transfer, Stoops did say definitively Monday that former Arizona defensive back Cortez Johnson will not play this season. He return in 2013 a redshirt sophomore.

Johnson recorded 16 tackles last year as a true freshman under now-Sooner assistants Mike Stoops and Tim Kish.

Mike Stoops was fired as the Wildcats’ head coach midseason, and Kish finished the year as Arizona’s interim coach before both joined the OU staff.

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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