OU’s Dominique Franks, center, said he is looking forward to stepping up in the return game with DeMarco Murray likely not returning kicks anymore. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
But his 2008 season lacked the big plays that made him a fan favorite as a freshman, when he returned two of his 15 kickoff returns for touchdowns. For now, the first concern is Murray’s return to the field, not a return to special teams.
"DeMarco is a great player. We all know that,” Franks said. "We’d love for him to be back there, but right now he’s just got to take his time and get back to being healthy.”
Though Broyles and Franks both start on opposite sides of the ball, Franks says he’s not concerned that returning kicks could cost the Sooners another starter.
"When you worry about getting hurt, that’s when you get hurt,” Franks said. "You just have to fly around and have fun, and if it happens, that’s a part of the game. You can’t dwell on it.”
"I wanted to return kicks really bad. I did it in high school, but I didn’t get my hands on too many.”
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