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Notebook — Junior linebacker graded out the highest he ever has in opener against UTEP.
by Jason Kersey Published: September 4, 2012

Florida A&M and Oklahoma, opponents that aren't at all evenly matched for Saturday's game in Norman, don't have much in common when it comes to football.

But they now share this unfortunate characteristic: Both will be missing important players due to suspensions.

FAMU coach Joe Taylor announced Tuesday that he has suspended four players, including the team's best defensive back and best receiver, for Saturday's game at No. 5 Oklahoma.

Cornerback Devontae Johnson, who led Florida A&M defenders last season with five interceptions, is among the suspended players, as is Lenworth Lennon, the team's leader last year with 45 catches.

Florida A&M officials said the suspensions are for undisclosed violation of team rules.

Wide receiver Dewayne Harvey and backup offensive lineman Daniel Lennon are also suspended.

The Rattlers (0-1), a Football Championship Subdivision program, lost their season opener last weekend at Tennessee State.


UTEP sophomore running back Nathan Jeffery was honored by Conference USA as its Player of the Week for his performance in the Miners' 24-7 home loss to Oklahoma last week.

Jeffery, who rushed for 177 yards on 21 carries and scored a touchdown on a blocked-punt return to become the first UTEP player to earn the league's player of the week honor since 2010.

“He made some courageous runs,” said UTEP coach Mike Price, according to the El Paso Times.

Jeffery strained a groin in the third quarter of Saturday's loss. When he left the game, the Sooners led 10-7 and Jeffery's last three carries had gone for 20, 71 and 12 yards.

Price said Jeffery will probably play in the Miners' next game against Ole Miss.


The OU athletic department announced Tuesday that a limited number of tickets to Saturday’s home opener have been returned from Florida A&M.

Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Gaylord Family—Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.

Anyone interested in purchasing tickets can call (800) 456-4668, go to or visit the OU Ticket Office during regular business hours.

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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