Oklahoma football: Sooners' secondary shaky without Aaron Colvin, Gabe Lynn

by Ryan Aber Published: September 14, 2013

“I thought our kids played hard, just our execution wasn't what it's been.”

Sooners coach Bob Stoops said he expected Lynn to miss a couple of days of practice this week but return in plenty of time for Oklahoma's Sept. 28 game at Notre Dame.

Colvin is expected to return to practice Monday.

Taylor, the freshman from Tulsa, made his first career start while another freshman, Hatari Byrd, came in for Lynn.

When Taylor was knocked out late in the first half with an ankle injury, sophomore Cortez Johnson replaced him.

Bob Stoops said he was pleased with Taylor's play, and then Byrd's play coming on in relief.

“Stanvon is the most mature — the one that's the closest right now to play,” Mike Stoops said. “I thought he did some good things. He made some young mistakes on a play here or there, but those are all learning situations for him.”

Bob Stoops said Taylor, who tested his ankle in warmups at halftime but did not return, would be back in practice soon.

Sooners defenders, especially Lynn and Colvin, had talked about the increased communication early in the season helping Oklahoma's defense. With those two out, though, communication was sometimes strained.

“We had a few busts here and there in the backfield, but overall they did what they had to do,” linebacker Corey Nelson said. “The defense did pretty good, we had a couple of miscommunication calls out there.”

by Ryan Aber
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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