Stoops’ only comment was: “We’re hopeful that Jamell can work though the things he’s facing and resume his college career.”
Aaron Colvin, who played a key reserve role and started against Texas when Fleming was sidelined by an ankle injury, is projected to be the starter this spring opposite Demontre Hurst. Colvin also would be the favorite to start next season if Fleming doesn’t return.
A first-time starter, Fleming led the Sooners with five interceptions and was among the national leaders with 14 pass breakups. He was fifth on the team with 71 tackles.
Fleming, from Arlington, Texas, has one year eligibility remaining. There were no details concerning the reason Fleming has left school.
With Colvin projected to move into the starting role the most experienced backup cornerback would be sophomore Gabe Lynn.
The Sooners already are replacing two safeties. Javon Harris and Sam Proctor are projected to be first-time starters at safety, replacing Quinton Carter and Jonathan Nelson.