Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops says Marshall Musil's torn ACL came during punt cover drill

Junior fullback Marshall Musil was a contributor on kickoffs and special teams before suffering a torn ACL in practice. Coach Bob Stoops said the team was running a punt cover drill, and the injury happened much like the one that occurred to lineman Tyler Evans during training camp.
by Stephanie Kuzydym Published: September 19, 2012

NORMAN — Marshall Musil caught one pass for 12 yards this season before he suffered a torn ACL in practice last week.

The junior fullback was a contributor on kickoffs and special teams. Coach Bob Stoops said the team was running a punt cover drill, and the injury happened much like the one that occurred to lineman Tyler Evans during training camp.

“He was just running, broke down on the running back to change direction and just dropped,” Stoops said of the incident. “His cleat got caught in the grass. It just twisted his knee and snapped his anterior cruciate.”

Stoops said the protocol for the injury is an eventual surgery, but the player typically spends a couple weeks trying to strengthen the muscle before the operation.

Oklahoma's head coach had no other injuries to report. He confirmed that safety Tony Jefferson did practice all week and that players previously suspended still remain under suspension.

STOOPS TALKS INJURY REPORTS

Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said Saturday that he and conference athletic directors will discuss a possible uniform injury reporting policy.

Scott's comments came after one USC beat reporter was banned two weeks from practices for writing about an injury. Washington recently announced a new policy against discussing player injuries,

Coach Bob Stoops was asked Wednesday for his thoughts on the idea of a conference injury reporting policy.

“I don't mind it if everyone wants to do it,” Stoops said, before expanding on the reasons he is hesitant to disclose player injuries.

“It's all about gambling. ... Gambling becomes the issue when Joe Shmoe down there loses a big chunk of change on the last play of the game, when we have our (third team) in, getting them some snaps, and all of the sudden we don't cover the spread.

“It just feeds it. And I don't believe in that. I say to heck with them.”

Stoops also said he doesn't like an opponent knowing about a player's possible weaknesses, because if he does play, the other team can exploit them.

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by Stephanie Kuzydym
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Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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