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Jason Kersey: Penn State's Justin Brown 'probably' winds up at OU

Jason Kersey answered questions from readers in today's Power Lunch Chat. Participate in our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. at
by Jason Kersey Modified: August 3, 2012 at 2:50 pm •  Published: August 3, 2012

The Oklahoman's Jason Kersey answered questions from readers in today's Power Lunch Chat. Participate in our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. at

Any update on the health of Nila Kasitati?

From what I've heard, Nila's surgery went well earlier this week and he should be OK. Not sure on how long he'll be out, but I'd imagine he won't play for at least a couple weeks while he recovers.

Thoughts on the Justin Brown situation. Do you think it happens?

I can't really say for sure, to be honest. I felt pretty strongly like he was coming yesterday, even though he said he wasn't close to a decision, just because a decision is going to have to be made in the next couple of days. But when he failed to pull the trigger last night, that gave me a little pause. I think that's a good sign for Penn State. I think he's a good guy and probably is having a really hard time finding a way to tell the team that loses out on him what he really wants to do. If I had to make a prediction, I'd say he probably does wind up at OU. If he does, that would be a big boost for the Sooners.

That's great news on Nila, health is more important. Hear issues in the young are scary.

Most definitely. Got to make sure that's all in order before trying to get back on the field. The OU o-line is going to be just fine without him at this point, so there's no need to rush back (not that there would be, even if the o-line depth wasn't good).

We've heard a lot about Mike Stoops "simplifying" the defense. How exactly does that translate onto the field? Does it let your playmakers fly around more?

From what I understand, a lot of that has to do with making sure people fully understand their assignments to prevent the big plays that killed them against Baylor and Tech last year. A lot of what I've heard Bob Stoops say is that those games weren't necessarily the result of bad players, just mental mistakes.

I haven't heard much about Alex Ross. Is he in line for touches this year?

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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