Sophomore cornerback Cortez Johnson and junior defensive tackle Chuka Ndulue will both miss the 2013 season opener against Louisiana-Monroe while serving a one-game suspension, Fox Sports Southwest reported Tuesday afternoon.
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops didn't confirm nor deny the report after Tuesday's practice, saying only that those issues are handled internally.
The suspensions aren't surprising. Johnson and Ndulue were both arrested within the past year, and arrests have typically resulted in one-game suspensions during the Stoops era.
Johnson was arrested along with wide receiver Jalen Saunders in early December 2012 after the two were pulled over and found to be in possession of marijuana.
Charges against Saunders were later dropped.
Ndulue was arrested in July on a DUI complaint.
STOOPS ANNOUNCES NEWCOMERS HE EXPECTS TO PLAY
Stoops announced after Tuesday's practice the new players he expected to see immediate action in 2013.
Stoops mentioned running back Keith Ford; wide receiver Austin Bennett; offensive linemen Tony Feo and Josiah St. John; defensive linemen Matt Dimon, Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Quincy Russell and Charles Walker; linebackers Dominique Alexander and Jordan Evans; defensive backs L.J. Moore, Ahmad Thomas and Hatari Byrd; and punter Jed Barnett.
Stoops added that defensive end D.J. Ward, who underwent a splenectomy last week, could still play this season when he recovers.
The newcomers Stoops didn't mention were quarterback Cody Thomas, offensive tackle Christian Daimler, defensive lineman Matt Romar and receivers Jordan Smallwood and K.J. Young.
Asked if immediate playing time for newcomers is a good recruiting tool, Stoops said, “I don't know, we always want them to play early. I will say this is really one of our better classes overall.”
FOUR OU COMMITS LAND ON RIVALS250
Four Oklahoma commitments made the latest edition of the Rivals250 list of the nation's top 250 recruits of the 2014 class, released Tuesday.
The first was known Monday when Scottsdale (Ariz.) Desert Mountain wide receiver Mark Andrews came in at No. 87 on the Rivals100.
He was joined by Edmond Santa Fe quarterback Justice Hansen at No. 142, Pflugerville (Texas) Hendrickson running back Samaje Perine at No. 154 and La Mirada (Calif.) wide receiver Dallis Todd at No. 248.
Jenks safety Steven Parker, who is uncommitted, is the top in-state player on the list at No. 46. Norman North quarterback David Cornwell, an Alabama commit, is No. 70 while Douglass defensive end Deondre Clark is at No. 109. Clark is committed to LSU.
Sophomore wide receiver Trey Metoyer, on his personal goals for the season: “Just do what I've got to do to help the team, basically. If it's third down and we need that first, get it. I want the coaches to know they can count on me any position, any down.”