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Oklahoma football notebook: Louisiana Tech suspends wide receivers

Louisiana Tech wide receivers Carlos Henderson and Eddie Johnson have been suspended for the first two games of the season, including Saturday’s season opener at Oklahoma, Bulldogs coach Skip Holtz announced Wednesday.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: August 28, 2014

Louisiana Tech wide receivers Carlos Henderson and Eddie Johnson have been suspended for the first two games of the season, including Saturday’s season opener at Oklahoma, Bulldogs coach Skip Holtz announced Wednesday.

Holtz said the suspensions were for a violation of team rules.

Johnson had four catches for 65 yards in nine games last season and also spent time working with tight ends during preseason camp.

Henderson redshirted last season. He was expected to be a deep threat for the Bulldogs but missed time recently with a knee injury.

BELL READY AT QB IF NEEDED

With backup Cody Thomas missing time in practice last week, quarterback-turned-tight end Blake Bell took a few snaps at his old position.

Bell said it came back to him pretty quickly for the most part.

“It’s just like riding a bike,” Bell said. “The first couple of times just out there throwing with the tight ends and stuff getting in our receiving drills, it’s like, ‘I can’t get my shoulder back there.’ It’s kind of different.”

Bell said he was ready if needed, especially in the “Belldozer” package, which coach Bob Stoops said could be used this year.

But he’s a tight end now barring something drastic.

“It wasn’t much,” Bell said of his quarterback work last week. “Just in case something crazy would happen. Everything’s good.”

SOONERS’, KNIGHT’S ODDS IMPROVING

Oklahoma’s odds to win the inaugural College Football Playoff and Trevor Knight’s odds of winning the Heisman Trophy have improved since just after the Sugar Bowl.

Bovada.lv released its final preseason odds for both earlier this week.

The Sooners are 10-to-1 to win the title, up from 20-to-1 on Jan. 7, just after the win over Alabama.

OU’s odds have dipped slightly in the last month, when they stood 9-to-1 on July 22.

Florida State at 4-to-1 is the favorite, followed by the Crimson Tide at 5-to-1. Oregon is 15-to-2 and Auburn is tied with the Sooners at 10-to-1.

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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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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