Oklahoma freshman linebacker Corey Nelson making the most of his playing time

OU football notebook: Freshman linebacker Corey Nelson played only 11 plays against Missouri, and made five tackles.
By MIKE BALDWIN, mbaldwin@opubco.com Modified: October 28, 2010 at 9:11 am •  Published: October 27, 2010

The NCAA announced Wednesday that graduation success rates for Football Bowl Subdivision players who entered college in 2003 rose three percent, to 69 percent. OU and Arizona were the only two schools in the top 25 poll that finished below 50 percent.

According to the release, the Sooners' four-year measure was 44 percent.

The report said the overall graduation rate for all athletes is 79 percent. Men's basketball rose to 66 percent. The NCAA's formula takes into account transfer students and is different than the federal government's methodology.

SOONER REMINDER: COLORADO QUARTERBACK HAS BEATEN THE SOONERS

Colorado coach Dan Hawkins' son, Cody, will start Saturday after Tyler Hansen suffered a ruptured spleen last week. Hansen has owned the job since the middle of last season, but Hawkins was the starter when the Buffaloes rallied from a 17-point deficit to upset the No. 3 ranked Sooners 27-24 three years ago in Boulder.

"He beat us as a freshman and we had a pretty good team," Venables said. "Now he's a senior. He's even better. He's experienced. I think he has a lot he's playing for. He's very tough minded. He's a captain. Players respect him. He'll be very well prepared."

STOOPS SAYS HE WON'T MISS TRIPs TO BOULDER

At his weekly press conference Stoops was asked if he'll miss playing Colorado, which will join the Pac 10 next season. He said, "Sure" but then changed his answer.

"I say I do but probably not," Stoops said. "I don't much care... We never liked going up there anyway."

Because of the altitude? "Yeah. And the travel. The different time zone," Stoops said. "You don't like going on the road anywhere. Bottom line is we're still going to play 12 games. And they'll be good games."

Stoops, though, said Nebraska is different. "We have such a tradition with Nebraska. That's where that makes that a little bit different. You think of all the years that game meant so much."

By Mike Baldwin



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