Sophomore linebacker Frank Shannon left last weekend's 38-30 win over Texas Tech with an injury and didn't return, but coach Bob Stoops said he expects Shannon to be OK for next Thursday's game at Baylor.
“They initially thought when they took him to the hospital, right away they thought it was a spleen injury,” Stoops said. “But that checked out OK. The last I'd heard was a deep tissue bruise.”
Shannon leads Oklahoma with 53 tackles this season.
Senior receiver Jaz Reynolds missed the Texas Tech game after being injured during an “accident” last week at practice, Stoops said.
“Jaz should be back,” Stoops said. “They told me he would be ready to practice this week. He had an accident just running, practice last week, that kind of held him out.”
Reynolds has caught seven passes for 153 yards and a touchdown this season so far.
FRANKS STAYING ON OFFENSE
Stoops said junior Trey Franks has moved back to wide receiver permanently after spending the last year or so working with the defensive backs.
“We just feel Trey wasn't in a position to do as much defensively now, and some of those young players have come along that we feel there's more opportunity for him to contribute out there at the receiver position, and so hopefully we'll be able to get him more and more work,” Stoops said.
Franks caught 51 passes for 459 yards and a touchdown over his first two seasons on campus, but was suspended for all of last season after violating unspecified team rules. During his suspension, he moved to safety and stayed there until last week.
STOOPS TELLS PLAYERS TO IGNORE NEGATIVE TWEETS
After recent losses, players at Nebraska and Missouri have been the target of negative comments by fans on Twitter.
Stoops said this week that his advice to players reacting to such comments was simple.
“There's small people in this world everywhere,” Stoops said. “You know they're going to do it and hopefully the players are smart enough not to look at it, not to read it or ignore it.
“There's going to be little people who don't compete, who aren't in the arena, who have something to say about it. That's always been the case, they just have different forums to do it now.”
OKLAHOMA CHANGING UP PRACTICE SCHEDULE FOR THURSDAY GAME
Oklahoma will practice through Wednesday this week, and then take Thursday and Friday off before returning to work Saturday.
“Our coaches will do some recruiting Thursday and Friday,” Stoops said. “Hopefully the players can get their legs under them, get a chance to recover a little going into this week.
The Sooners' Saturday practice will take the place of their traditional Monday practice, allowing the team to go through a normal game week in preparation for next Thursday night's game at Baylor.
“It's different,” said senior running back Brennan Clay. “It's very different.
“That will be a little bit unorthodox for us. We're gonna treat it as another game week, which it is.”
Senior safety Gabe Lynn, on the team's character: “We've got guys with character and stuff like that, because we had huge losses, as far as like Corey (Nelson), and now Trey (Millard) and Jordan Phillips, and then the loss against Texas. But we're still fighting. Some weeks, the offense might not look as good as it's supposed to be. Some weeks the defense might not look that good, but each time we come back and we just keep getting better and better.”