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Four questions ... about OU football

Published: September 22, 2008

/> There's been much speculation that Granger would leave early for the NFL after this season. Maybe that's why he wants to try and play, to be a part of what could be a special season for the Sooners before he moves on.

How did the week off impact Sam Bradford in the Heisman race?

Didn't help, with some of the other top contenders — Missouri's Chase Daniel, BYU's Max Hall, Georgia's Knowshon Moreno — putting up big numbers while Bradford and USC's Mark Sanchez were idle.

But it shouldn't hurt much, either. While the Heisman watch is very much a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately exercise, there are plenty of big games remaining for Bradford to make a big impression.

Besides, despite the inactivity, stat checkers will still find Bradford among the leaders in passing efficiency and passing touchdowns.

Who has been the most pleasant surprise at the quarter mark of the Sooner schedule?

It's got to be linebacker Travis Lewis, who glided through the preseason without much fanfare, yet leads the team with 25 tackles.

When Austin Box suffered a minor knee injury in the preseason, it was assumed that junior college transfer Mike Balogun would step into the spot. Instead, it was Lewis, and he's produced and performed so well it's hard to envision him giving up the job.

Honorable mention: linebacker Keenan Clayton and wide receiver Ryan Broyles.

By John Helsley

Trainers help DeMarcus Granger off the field with an injury during the first half of OU's win over Washington on Sept 13. by CHRIS LANDSBERGER, THE OKLAHOMAN

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