NORMAN â€” After beating Texas Tech on Saturday, Oklahoma linebacker Travis Lewis was asked about the prospects of needing two road victories to win the Big 12 South.
Replied Lewis: â€œIt's time to man up or shut up.â€
This week, all but five OU players will be shutting up.
Monday afternoon, coach Bob Stoops revealed that only five of his players would be available to speak with the media this week, as the Sooners prepare to go back on the road where they've lost two straight.
OU closes the regular season with back-to-back away games at 7-4 Baylor and 9-1 Oklahoma State.
â€œSometimes, there's too many guys talking,â€ Stoops said. â€œJust what I decided to do. I don't need to explain it. That's just how we're going to do it.â€
Lewis and offensive tackle Eric Mensik spoke with reporters following Monday's practice. Defensive end Jeremy Beal, receiver Ryan Broyles and running back DeMarco Murray will meet with the media today. Quarterback and offensive captain Landry Jones, however, will be off-limits along with the rest of the team.
â€œHe's got enough to do,â€ Stoops said of Jones, who has thrown five of his seven interceptions in OU's three road games. â€œHe's busy. Got class. He's working. He's got a lot to do. He's only sophomore, there's other times we haven't always had our quarterback available.â€
It's not the first time Stoops has limited player availability, which normally is open to anyone who has played in a game and is not injured. But it is the first time in several years, as the Sooners try to shake their stigma of playing poorly on the road.
â€œWe don't have a lot to say. We need to go out there and win,â€ Lewis said. â€œThere's not much to say. You can get 20 players to say the same thing, that we need to go out there and get a win this week.
â€œThat's up to us, to silence all the doubters and prove to ourselves and to everybody else that we're a great team regardless of where we play at.â€
Stoops admitted â€œthere may beâ€ other changes made behind closed doors, but noted, â€œif there is, I'm not talking about them.â€
One shakeup Stoops said he won't be making will be flying the team down the day of the game; the Sooners don't kickoff in Waco until 7 p.m.
â€œWe did that a long time ago. When I was at Kansas State, we did that with Minnesota (in 1993) and we won,â€ Stoops said. â€œBut no, we're not doing that.â€