SOONERS COULD GO MORE 4-3 THIS WEEK
Oklahoma's base defense this season has been a 4-2-5 look, with a nickelback playing in place of a strongside linebacker.
Even so, co-defensive coordinator Mike Stoops has used three-linebacker units some through the Sooners' first two games, even starting the season opener at UTEP that way.
Should fans expect Saturday to see more of linebacker Joseph Ibiloye and less of Gabe Lynn, the starter at nickel, because of Kansas State's run-heavy offense?
“That's predicated again on how many tight ends and fullbacks and running backs are in the game,” Stoops said. “Chances are greatly improved we would use more three-linebacker defense, more than we have these first couple games.”
Two former Oklahoma high school stars — and current Kansas State Wildcats — who never received OU offers return to the state next weekend fresh off huge performances.
Former Tulsa Washington standout Tyler Lockett returned a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown Saturday in the Wildcats' 35-21 win over North Texas. The sophomore's three career kick-return scores are good for second all-time at K-State, and he's two away from tying the school record.
Junior receiver and Jenks native Tramaine Thompson caught five passes for 102 yards and two touchdowns Saturday.
“I think it is a really big game nationally, especially because we are going down to Norman where OU rarely loses,” Lockett said after Saturday's game. “We have got to give it all we have got all of next week so we can get ourselves prepared to execute next weekend against OU.”
‘WAIT AND SEE' ON K-STATE'S BROWN
Kansas State senior Arthur Brown, an All-Big 12 linebacker, went down early in Saturday's game with an ankle injury. He sat out for a while before returning and leading the Wildcats with 13 tackles.
“We'll have to wait and see,” coach Bill Snyder said after the game when asked about Brown's status. “It's going to be a couple of days before we know for sure.”
Brown played his first two seasons at Miami (Fla.) before transferring to Kansas State. Last year, he led the team with 101 tackles.