Oklahoma football: Stacy McGee will miss Cotton Bowl; Jalen Saunders will play

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops announced Friday that McGee will not travel to Dallas after his arrest on Monday, while Saunders will despite his Dec. 2 arrest.
by Jason Kersey Published: December 28, 2012
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Saunders transferred from Fresno State in May; the NCAA initially denied his waiver request for immediate eligibility, but reversed the decision on appeal just before Oklahoma's fifth game of the season, a 63-21 rout of archrival Texas on Oct. 13.

The 2011 All-WAC first-team receiver left Fresno State after a coach Pat Hill was fired, and after learning the school is located in an area making him susceptible to San Joaquin Valley Fever, which his father suffers from.

Since gaining his eligibility, Saunders has been one of the Sooners' most dynamic offensive weapons, catching 53 passes for 766 yards and three touchdowns.

In Oklahoma's Oct. 27 loss to current No. 1-ranked Notre Dame, Saunders caught a school-record eight passes in the first quarter alone. Over the Sooners' final three regular-season wins — at West Virginia, against Oklahoma State and at TCU — he hauled in 24 catches for 393 yards and three scores.

In OU's 51-48 Bedlam win, he also returned a punt for a touchdown.

Johnson, who joined to Oklahoma after playing his freshman season at Arizona, is sitting out this season due to NCAA transfer rules.


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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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