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Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops says Tony Jefferson update coming Monday

Tony Jefferson hurt his ankle early in the 69-13 rout of Florida A&M on Sept. 8, and he still wasn't practicing earlier this week.
by Jason Kersey Published: September 14, 2012

Wednesday, during OU coach Bob Stoops' last session with reporters until Monday's weekly news conference, he declined to give an update on junior safety Tony Jefferson's status.

Jefferson hurt his ankle early in the 69-13 rout of Florida A&M on Sept. 8, and he still wasn't practicing earlier this week.

“I'll give an update on Monday,” Stoops responded. “I'm not going daily on an update on an off week.

“We expect him to be there Monday.”

Senior Jesse Paulsen, a former walk-on, played in Jefferson's place Saturday after his injury.

OU (2-0) returns to game action at home Sept. 22, when the Sooners open Big 12 play against Kansas State.

THROUGH TWO GAMES, RED ZONE OFFENSE IMPROVED

Among Oklahoma's problems last season was its ability to convert red-zone opportunities into touchdowns.

OU ended the 2011 season scoring just 39 touchdowns in 66 trips inside their opponents' 20-yard line.

Two games into 2012, though, the Sooners are better statistically in the red zone than they were last year through two games, albeit against much weaker competition.

Combined, in the 2011 season opener against Tulsa and Game 2 at Florida State, OU scored six touchdowns in 13 red-zone trips.

While opening this season with wins at UTEP and against Florida A&M, the Sooners have been perfect in scoring touchdowns on all 10 of their red-zone opportunities.

Nine of those red-zone trips, though, came in the 69-13 rout of Florida A&M, a vastly overmatched FCS opponent.

Still, the 2012 numbers are encouraging because of how the touchdowns have been scored. When OU scored touchdowns in the redzone late last season, they came almost exclusively on runs by backup quarterback Blake Bell in the package known as the “Belldozer.”

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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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