Oklahoma sophomore linebacker Frank Shannon was a full participant in practice Saturday and will play in the Sooners' game Thursday night against Baylor, defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said.
“Frank will play,” Stoops said. “He practiced today, so he's in good shape.”
Shannon left last weekend's win over Texas Tech with an injury and didn't return.
“They initially thought when they took him to the hospital, right away they thought it was a spleen injury,” coach Bob Stoops said Monday. “But that checked out OK. The last I'd heard was a deep tissue bruise.”
Shannon leads Oklahoma with 53 tackles this season.
LIMITING BAYLOR OFFENSIVE SNAPS IS KEY
Mike Stoops said that if his unit is on the field Thursday against Baylor's offense for more than 90 snaps, he doesn't like the Sooners' chances to win.
“You can't win a game, I don't believe, playing Baylor if we've gotta play 90 to 100 snaps,” Stoops said. “That's not a game you want to be in. You hope that your offense can control the football and you can control the game.”
Baylor is averaging about 79 offensive snaps per game, and has only hit the 90-play mark twice this season — in wins over West Virginia and Iowa State.
SEASTRUNK PRESENTS CHALLENGE
Baylor's passing attack gets most of the attention, but junior running back Lache Seastrunk is one of the Bears' most dangerous offensive weapons.
He's rushed for 869 yards and 11 touchdowns this season. Last year against Oklahoma, he picked up 91 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.
“They space you out so far, and then they have such a great running back, when he gets the ball with any kind of space, he's strong to run through you,” Bob Stoops said. “He's fast to run by you or around you. So, you know, that's a big part of the challenge is being able to be in position to tackle him and to have your feet and hips in position to tackle him.”
Junior safety Quentin Hayes, asked if Baylor's offense presents an exciting challenge:
“It's gonna be a fun day. That's how I look at it.”