Quarterback Trevor Knight and defensive end Michael Onuoha are now fully participating in practice, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops confirmed.
Knight, a redshirt freshman, started the Sooners' first two games of the season, wins over Louisiana-Monroe and West Virginia. But junior Blake Bell replaced Knight in the fourth quarter of the second game after a knee injury and some inconsistent passing.
Knight rushed for 145 yards on 20 carries, while completing 21 of 48 pass attempts for 205 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions.
Onuoha, a sophomore from Edmond Santa Fe, played sparingly as a true freshman in 2012 and missed fall camp and the first few weeks of this season while recovering from shoulder surgery.
STOOPS: EACH NOTRE DAME GAME ITS ‘OWN OPPORTUNITY'
Stoops said he doesn't spend much time thinking about Oklahoma's historic struggles with Notre Dame.
“I've only been a part of a couple of them and they don't have any weight on what happens in this one,” Stoops said.
The Sooners are 1-9 all time against the Irish. Under Stoops, OU has lost twice to Notre Dame — 34-30 in South Bend, Ind., in 1999 and 30-13 last season in Norman.
Oklahoma makes another trip to South Bend on Saturday for a 2:30 p.m. kickoff.
“Whether you won them or lost them, you treat each as their own,” Stoops said. “It's its own opportunity and we're anxious about this one.”
BELL'S MINDSET SHOULD BE ‘BALANCED'
Bell completed 27 of 37 passes for 413 yards and four touchdowns two weeks ago against Tulsa, setting a school record for passing yards in a first start.
Asked about Bell's confidence coming out of the game, Stoops said he just wants his quarterback to remain balanced.
“We've always told our guys even here, whether it's big games at home or no matter where they are, let everybody else be excited and jumping around, you just stay over here and stay cool and be ready to execute,” Stoops said. “It's all about being calm, being cool, ready to be precise in how you're playing in your reads and where you're going with the ball, and communication at the line and run the offense.”
Senior cornerback Aaron Colvin on the Notre Dame game: “It's a once in a lifetime experience. At the same time, it's my senior year and as a leader, every game is a big game for us. This is my last go around. I'm not treating any week any differently; I'm always preparing like this is my last game.”