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Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops confirms Chuka Ndulue, Cortez Johnson will miss Saturday's 2013 season opener

by Jason Kersey Modified: August 26, 2013 at 4:05 pm •  Published: August 26, 2013
Junior defensive tackle Chuka Ndulue, right, and sophomore cornerback Cortez Johnson won't play in the Sooners' season opener against Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday. PHOTO BY CHRIS LANDSBERGER, THE OKLAHOMAN
Junior defensive tackle Chuka Ndulue, right, and sophomore cornerback Cortez Johnson won't play in the Sooners' season opener against Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday. PHOTO BY CHRIS LANDSBERGER, THE OKLAHOMAN

NORMAN — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops confirmed Monday that junior defensive tackle Chuka Ndulue and sophomore cornerback Cortez Johnson won’t play in the Sooners’ 2013 season opener Saturday against Louisiana-Monroe.

Stoops didn’t elaborate on why the two starters won’t play, but it’s easy to read between the lines: Both Ndulue and Johnson were arrested within the last year, and arrests in the Stoops era have typically resulted in one-game suspensions.

Johnson was arrested in December 2012 along with wide receiver Jalen Saunders after the two were pulled over and found to be in possession of marijuana. Charges against Saunders were later dropped.

Ndulue’s arrest on a DUI complaint came in July.

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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