LINDLEY MOVES AGAIN, MAKING IMPACT
Oklahoma sophomore P.L. Lindley was recruited as a linebacker, but moved to defensive end early in his college career.
He didn't see much playing time until senior linebacker Corey Nelson's season-ending injury Oct. 5 against TCU. After that, Lindley moved back to linebacker and recovered a fumble in the Sooners' next game against Texas.
Then last weekend at Kansas, Lindley earned his first career start.
“Corey went down, and those are big shoes to fill,” Lindley said. “You can't really fill it with one player; it takes the whole team to fill shoes that big. I'm just kinda doing what I need to do to help the team.”
Lindley has recorded seven tackles so far this season.
RIPKOWSKI'S MINDSET HASN'T CHANGED WITH SCHOLARSHIP
Junior fullback Aaron Ripkowski was a walk-on his first three seasons at Oklahoma, but was awarded a scholarship last December by Stoops.
Ripkowski played a major role in the Sooners' offense during last Saturday's 34-19 victory at Kansas. He frequently lined up at tight end as an extra run blocker.
“I wouldn't say it's any different at all,” Ripkowski said of having a scholarship this season. “I try to approach every day with the same mindset.
“I guess it's more of an impact on my parents than it is me, but I like to know I earned it. It's pretty nice.”
Co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell, on wide receiver Lacoltan Bester's reverse pass for a touchdown last weekend:
“You know, he was a quarterback in Scooba, Miss., and he always told me he could. But I mean, we all laugh because he never threw it that good in practice. That was by far the best ball he ever threw, so he must be a game player.”
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