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By Jake Trotter Published: January 1, 2008
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GLENDALE, Ariz. — University of Oklahoma sophomore defensive tackle DeMarcus Granger will not play in the Fiesta Bowl after being arrested Saturday night, accused of shoplifting.

According to Sgt. Mike Horn of the Tempe Police Department, Granger, 21, attempted to steal a jacket from a Burlington Coat Factory located inside Arizona Mills Mall.

Horn said Granger removed the anti-theft device and stuffed the jacket inside a bag. He exited the store by walking past the cash registers without paying for the jacket, police said. Store security stopped Granger and then phoned Tempe police.

Horn said Granger admitted to the offense before police booked him about 10:20 p.m. at the Tempe city jail on one count of shoplifting, which is a misdemeanor. Horn said Granger was “cooperative.”

Teammate and fellow defensive tackle Gerald McCoy bailed Granger out of jail for $500, Horn said.

A Burlington Coat Factory manager said the value of the jacket was about $75. The manager also said he believed Granger to be alone at the store.

Instead of letting him practice with the team on Sunday, coach Bob Stoops sent Granger home.

“One guy screwed up,” Stoops said Monday morning. “It changes nothing.”

Granger's absence means the Sooners will be without three defensive starters Wednesday against West Virginia.

Safety Lendy Holmes did not make the trip to Arizona with the team after failing to stay academically eligible.

Cornerback Reggie Smith is also out after breaking the big toe in his right foot during the Big 12 Championship.

“Oh, man, (losing Granger) hurts us up front and in the middle,” safety D.J. Wolfe said. “He's been tremendous for us all year. It's very disappointing. As a player, teammate, friend, you don't want a guy to do something of that nature.

“It's something you can tell them not to do, but you can't make them.”

This season, Granger (6-foot-2, 307 pounds) was a second-team All-Big 12 selection after collecting 35 tackles, 31/2 sacks and a team-best eight quarterback hurries.

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