Oklahoma begins spring football practices Saturday, and several returning players will sport new jersey numbers.
The numerical changes were reflected on OU's updated roster, which was released Thursday.
Sooners who will wear new jersey numbers this spring are: sophomore quarterback Kendal Thompson (11 to 1), sophomore receiver Durron Neal (13 to 5), senior receiver Jalen Saunders (18 to 8), senior receiver Lacoltan Bester (81 to 11), redshirt freshman Derrick Woods (80 to 12), sophomore linebacker Eric Striker (41 to 19) and senior defensive back Trey Franks (2 to 24).
GRISSOM BACK AT DEFENSIVE END
Junior Geneo Grissom is listed on Oklahoma's updated roster at tight end, but an OU spokesman said that's an error, and that Grissom should be listed at defensive end.
Grissom, from Hutchinson, Kan., moved to tight end last summer, and Sooners coach Bob Stoops even said in the preseason that Grissom had risen to the top of the depth chart.
But he was suspended for the season opener at UTEP, and never caught on at the new position. By the middle of the season, Grissom had moved back to defense, and he even started the Sooners' 41-13 Cotton Bowl loss to Texas A&M.
BOULWARE RESPONDS TO ANDERSEN
Earlier this week, Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen expressed his disappointment that Jay Boulware left his program after only two months.
“It's upsetting,” Andersen said. “I brought the wrong guy in here. ... I don't like the timing of it. I don't like the situation at all.”
Asked about Andersen's comments Wednesday, Boulware said his decision was all about family.
Boulware, who was born in Oklahoma City and played college football at Texas, still has lots of family in the Sooner State. His mother lives in Texas.
Just before he accepted the Wisconsin job, his aunt was hit by a car in Oklahoma, Boulware said. He remembered his mother calling him in distress because she couldn't get from Texas to Oklahoma to check on her sister.
He said his aunt, who is around 60-years old, is doing better, but is now paralyzed.
“I live by that creed ... it's my faith; it's my family; and then it's football,” Boulware said. “(Andersen has) gotta run his program. He's gotta do what's best for him at Wisconsin. But again, it's faith, family and football. And I think most people understand that.”
MONTGOMERY TALKS IOWA ROOTS
New defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery becomes the latest Oklahoma assistant to have played college football at Iowa.
Montgomery was a Hawkeyes defensive lineman, graduating in 2002. Bob Stoops, defensive coordinator Mike Stoops and co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell are all former Iowa players.
Montgomery spent the past two seasons as Michigan's defensive line coach.
“We all bleed black and gold,” Montgomery said. “We come from the same background. At Iowa we're underdogs. ... Kind of having that chip on our shoulder.
“It was neat, but that wasn't what sold me on coming to OU.”