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Oklahoma football: Defensive ends Chaz Nelson, P.L. Lindley injured

Suspended receiver Trey Franks moves to safety.
by Jason Kersey Published: August 21, 2012

Johnson was a true freshman at Arizona last year, when he recorded 16 tackles under then-Wildcats coach and now-Sooners defensive coordinator Mike Stoops.

After Stoops was fired midseason, Tim Kish took over in the interim. Kish is now OU's linebackers coach.

FRANKS MOVES TO DB, SWITCHES JERSEY NUMBER

Junior Trey Franks, who remains suspended indefinitely from games but is practicing, has been officially switched to safety, Bob Stoops said.

And, according to OU's updated roster, he's also changed jersey numbers from No. 2 to 24, which was previously worn by recently departed defensive back Bennett Okotcha.

“He's been doing it the last week,” Bob Stoops said of Franks. “He looks good back there. Hopefully that's something that keeps developing like it is. He's a strong guy, has got great quickness.”

Franks was suspended indefinitely with Jaz Reynolds, Quentin Hayes and Kameel Jackson in May. Franks, along with Reynolds and Hayes, was reinstated for practices before fall camp began. Jackson was dismissed and transferred to Louisiana-Monroe.

Mike Stoops said he's still in “experiment mode” with Franks.

“I don't have a feel right now of how instinctive he is, and how much I'm going to have to coach,” Mike Stoops said. “There are certain things players have to be able to react to. Athletically, he can do whatever he wants. There are possibilities there.”

Franks appeared in 11 games last season, grabbing 22 catches for 196 yards. The switch could end up being a great thing for him personally; with the suddenly abundant receiver corps, it may have been tough for Franks to work his way into the rotation after his suspension.

KITTLE: JOHNSON TAKES EDGE IN LEFT TACKLE BATTLE

Senior Lane Johnson has pulled back ahead of sophomore Tyrus Thompson in the battle to be Oklahoma's starting left tackle, position coach Bruce Kittle said Monday.

Thompson started the spring game ahead of Johnson, who was the starting right tackle a year ago.

Regardless of who starts, though, Kittle said Johnson will be used at both tackle positions. When he plays on the right side to give Daryl Williams a break, Thompson will play on the left side.

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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