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Notable preseason injuries for the OU football team

By Berry Tramel, Staff Writer, btramel@opubco.com Published: August 9, 2011

Notable preseason injuries in OU football history:

2009 Jermaine Gresham: The All-America tight end suffered torn knee cartilage four days before the season opener against Brigham Young. He never played for the Sooners again.

1987 Dante Williams: The nose guard suffered a pulled hamstring in preseason and missed the season opener against North Texas. Backup Tony Woods also was injured, so freshman Marcus Lowe started. Williams returned the next week.

1973 Lee Roy Selmon: Diagnosed with pericarditis, a viral infection surrounding the heart, Selmon's career seemed in peril before he had even made a start. Selmon missed the Baylor and USC games but returned for Game 3 against Miami and became the greatest Sooner of them all.

1963 Joe Don Looney: A hamstring injury limited Looney to just one carry against Clemson, and he didn't punt against the Tigers, even though he had led the nation in punting in 1962. Looney played more the next two games, against USC and Texas, but then Bud Wilkinson dismissed Looney from the team in a disciplinary move.

1959 Jimmy Carpenter: Carpenter rushed for 220 yards in 1958 but suffered a hamstring injury in early August in his hometown of Abilene, Texas. Carpenter tried to play in the season opener at Northwestern but was ineffective and didn't play the rest of the season.

1951 Merrill Green: An ankle injury kept Green sidelined all season. He had been a sophomore starter at halfback. He returned to the backfield in 1952 and 1953.


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