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Bob Stoops cautiously optimistic on DeMarco Murray return for Big 12 Championship

Oklahoma leading rusher DeMarco Murray suffered a knee injury in the Sooners' win over Oklahoma State, but coach Bob Stoops said Monday that things were “looking positive” for Murray. Nebraska, meanwhile, may be without quarterback Taylor Martinez.
By Jake Trotter, Staff Writer, jtrotter@opubco.com Modified: November 29, 2010 at 7:57 pm •  Published: November 29, 2010

Sophomore Cody Green, primarily a pocket passer, started in Martinez's place against the Buffaloes and played well, completing 10 of 13 passes for 80 yards while totaling three touchdowns. Pelini hinted Monday that it's possible both could play against the Sooners.

“We'll play the guy that we feel is going to give us the best chance to win the game,” Pelini said. “It might be a combination of the two.”

Regardless, the Sooners say they're preparing for Martinez, who is still eighth in the Big 12 with 974 rushing yards despite missing two games, even if his mobility remains limited by the ankle and toe injuries.

“We're preparing for Martinez,” said OU linebacker Travis Lewis. “ They both can throw the ball, but you need to prepare against a running quarterback like Martinez.

“A running quarterback adds another weapon to an offense, so that's who we're preparing for.”


PAUL'S STATUS UNCLEAR; JONATHAN NELSON RETURNS TO PRACTICE

The knee injury to Oklahoma running DeMarco Murray and the Huskers' questions at quarterback may not be the only reasons why Las Vegas didn't release a point spread for the Big 12 Championship.

The status of Niles Paul, Nebraska's top receiver and a dynamic kick returner, is up in the air. Paul broke his foot last week and missed the Colorado game. But Monday morning on Twitter, Paul didn't rule himself out of the Big 12 title game, writing: “Just got a CT scan for my foot... Hopefully things are good because I really want to get back for the Big12 Championship game or Bowl game.”

The Sooners, meanwhile, got starting safety Jonathan Nelson back Monday. Nelson was knocked out of the Bedlam game after falling hard while tacking Joseph Randle on the first play of OSU's second series. He was replaced the rest of the night by Javon Harris.

“Jonathan practiced,” coach Bob Stoops said. “Everything appeared to look good.”

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