NORMAN — Suddenly, this bowl game is beginning to eerily resemble the last one.
Two Oklahoma players who missed last season’s Fiesta Bowl won’t be playing in the Jan. 8 BCS National Championship against Florida, either.
One day after declaring running back DeMarco Murray would undergo season-ending surgery for the second consecutive season, Sooner coach Bob Stoops confirmed Wednesday that defensive tackle DeMarcus Granger underwent back surgery Monday and will miss the national title game.
"Our doctors and training staff have worked extensively with DeMarcus, and it was finally determined that surgery was necessary,” Stoops said in a statement. "We’re disappointed for DeMarcus and are certainly anxious to do everything we can to assist his recovery.”
This year has been a rough one for Granger.
After battling chronic lower back pain during the preseason, he suffered a sprained foot in the third game of the year, at Washington. Granger contemplated season-ending surgery, yet returned against Texas and played through the injury the rest of the regular season.
Without Granger, the Sooners are likely to rely on a three-man defensive tackle rotation of starters Gerald McCoy and Adrian Taylor and reserve Cory Bennett.
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