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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

Defensive end Chaz Nelson, a junior who transferred to Oklahoma from Garden City (Kan.) Community College, is out at least six weeks with an MCL injury, and converted linebacker P.L. Lindley has a high-ankle sprain, position coach Bobby Jack Wright said after practice Tuesday.

The defensive end position suddenly seems a little more thin. Tuesday's news was preceded by David King's move inside to tackle. But Wright also said true freshmen Charles Tapper and Michael Onuoha will not redshirt.

King's move came after senior tackle Stacy McGee was suspended indefinitely.

“You've got to have depth, or you don't make the move,” Wright said of King's move inside. “After you make the move, now your depth is going to be hurt a little bit.”

Senior R.J. Washington and sophomore Chuka Ndulue are now slated to start at the defensive end spots, with Rashod Favors, who also switched from linebacker, as the third man in the rotation.

After that, Tapper and Onuoha will be relied upon.

“We have 10 more days of getting ready to play in a game for those two young freshmen,” Wright said. “There's a lot of practice ahead of us yet, and they'll get a lot more snaps now than they would have.

“Definitely no doubt we're going to end up using them. They're ready to play, they just don't have game-time experience.”


Coach Bob Stoops said both receiver Jalen Saunders, who transferred in from Fresno State, and former Arizona defensive back Cortez Johnson still haven't heard back from the NCAA on their waiver requests, which, if granted, would allow them to play immediately rather than sit out the usually required one year.

Saunders (5-foot-9, 160 pounds) has impressed coaches in practices so far and, if he is allowed to play, would probably be a mainstay in the receiver rotation along with Justin Brown, Trey Metoyer, Kenny Stills, Sterling Shepard and Lacoltan Bester.

Saunders led Fresno State in receiving last season with 50 catches, 1,065 yards and 12 touchdowns while earning All-Western Athletic Conference honors.

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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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