OU football notebook: Cornerback Aaron Colvin held out of practice

Colvin cracked one of his top molars and possibly suffered a concussion early in the third quarter of Saturday's 16-7 win over West Virginia.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: September 9, 2013
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COLVIN HELD OUT OF PRACTICE

Oklahoma cornerback Aaron Colvin was held out of practice Monday after Sooners coach Bob Stoops said earlier in the day that he expected Colvin back at practice.

Colvin cracked one of his top molars and possibly suffered a concussion early in the third quarter of Saturday's 16-7 win over West Virginia.

Colvin did not return to the game.

“Aaron got kicked in the jaw,” Stoops said before practice. “He was at the dentist today and is expected to practice today, depending on what they find there.”

Stoops said he did not know whether or not Colvin suffered a concussion.

Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said after practice that Colvin was day to day and he was confident Colvin would be ready to play against Tulsa on Saturday.

Sophomore Cortez Johnson played in Colvin's place against West Virginia.

“He played OK,” Mike Stoops said. “He's rusty. He just needs to play and gain confidence. I think he did as the game wore on.”

THOMPSON EXPECTED TO BE OK

Stoops said junior left tackle Tyrus Thompson was expected to return to practice Monday and that his status for the Tulsa game will be determined in the coming days.

Thompson was injured late in the fourth quarter of last weekend's 16-7 win over West Virginia. A source told The Oklahoman that X-rays on Thompson's ankle were negative, and it's believed he suffered a high-ankle sprain.

Should Thompson be unavailable for the Tulsa game, right tackle Daryl Williams would likely switch to the left side of the line. Candidates to start at right tackle include senior guard Bronson Irwin, who has been working at tackle and started all 13 games last year, junior-college transfer Josiah St. John and sophomore Derek Farniok.

BELL GROUNDED BY CIRCUMSTANCES

When Blake Bell came into Saturday's game on the Sooners' first drive of the fourth quarter, OU stopped throwing the ball.

In 18 plays with Bell in the game, Oklahoma tried just one pass — an incomplete screen attempt.

Sooners coach Bob Stoops said the game dictated keeping the ball on the ground after Bell entered the game with OU up 13-7.

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by Ryan Aber
Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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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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