Nila Kasitati may be out for the season, but he isn't letting it keep him down.
Offensive guard Adam Shead that Kasitati isn't depressed, but teammates are trying to help him through the fact that his season ended Saturday against Texas Tech when Kasitati tore his ACL in the second half.
“This is what we really want to do the most,” Shead said. “When you can't do that, it's just all messed up ...”
Shead and Kasitati were rotating reps at the left guard position, with Shead starting. Now, Shead said the position will remain the same, but he will be seeing more playing time and more reps.
Starting right guard Bronson Irwin knows about helping people go through a difficult time during the season. Irwin's roommate Austin Woods went through chemotherapy this season, while their other roommate Marshall Musil tore his ACL a couple weeks ago.
Irwin said that he hasn't needed to say anything to Kasitati though.
“Nila's a guy that is just really positive all the time,” Irwin said. “You never catch Nila down. You never catch him upset.”
MCFARLAND'S DREAMS CAME TRUE
Before he caught it, Jamarkus McFarland dreamed it.
Last week, McFarland was defending the screen in a dream. He caught an interception.
Everybody's been asking how it ends. Did he wake up before he scored? He doesn't really remember — maybe he was tackled.
Against Texas Tech, McFarland actually did go down. The tackle came from Seth Doege, the Tech quarterback who threw the pick. That's when the dream goes a bit fuzzy and reality went from bragging rights to frustration.
In reality, McFarland fumbled.
“All I was seeing was a black end zone and then I saw green and I was like, ‘Ah man,' ” McFarland recalled of Saturday. “Gahhhh.”
So what about the dream? Did he fumble there too?
“I think I got tackled,” McFarland said of the dream. “I didn't fumble. I know that.”
On Monday, McFarland said the interception that turned into a fumble “hurt,” but commented that there was a reason he had the dream before reality.
“God was talking to me,” McFarland said. “It was just an experience — a big play like that is something you can tell your kids about later on, but I just didn't end the way I wanted it to.”
TEXAS NATIVES TO FACE TEXAS RIVALS
Defensive tackle R.J. Washington will face off against a running back/wide receiver he used to play in All-Star games with: D.J. Monroe. That's not the only recognizable player that Washington or other Texas natives on the OU roster will see this weekend.
“For the most part, the Texas people are pretty much all from Texas, and a lot of people from OU are usually from Texas," Washington said. "So, there's always that sibling rivalry kind of thing going on. Even if you don't know them, you know what school they went to.
“You'll be looking down the list. ‘Oh, he went to --- Oh, OK, I know where that's at. I know where that's at. Oh, I think I played against him,' type of thing. It's always good to play against other Texas players because we're all so competitive.”
Demontre Hurst on the importance of the Red River Rivalry from a conference-standings standpoint: “It's a huge step for the rest of the season. We don't want to go down 1-2 in the conference and still want to compete for a Big 12 championship and get into the BCS game. ... It's a lot of pressure on both teams. It's going to be a battle out there. May the best team win.”