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OU Football: Center Ben Habern's career is over due to injury concerns, Jaz Reynolds reinstated

BEN HABERN — A Sooner leader decides to call it a career due to lingering neck and back injuries. Ben Habern was a preseason All-Big 12 selection. Meanwhile, OU reinstated Jaz Reynolds and two other suspended players.
by Jason Kersey Modified: August 1, 2012 at 3:22 pm •  Published: August 1, 2012

photo - Ben Habern, left, has decided to end his football career early due to persistent injuries. Jaz Reynolds, right, is being reinstated along with 2 other suspended players.
Ben Habern, left, has decided to end his football career early due to persistent injuries. Jaz Reynolds, right, is being reinstated along with 2 other suspended players.

Reynolds was OU's third-leading receiver last season with 41 receptions, 715 yards and five touchdowns. Franks was the Sooners' leading kick returner, averaging 23.9 yards a return as a sophomore last season, and caught 22 passes for 196 yards. Co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel raved about Franks' all-around play during the spring.

When Franks and Reynolds return to game action, they'll give quarterback Landry Jones more experienced targets to go with junior Kenny Stills, who will still be the only active receiver with a career NCAA Division I reception when OU opens its season Sept. 1 at UTEP.

Stills has started 25 games in his two years on campus, and had 786 yards and five touchdowns last season.

True freshman Trey Metoyer received rave reviews during the spring, and then showed his potential with a six-catch, 72-yard performance in the spring game.

Also joining the Sooners are freshmen Durron Neal, Sterling Shepard and Derrick Woods, as well Lacoltan Bester, a transfer from East Mississippi Community College.

Reynolds' reinstatement also comes just days after another junior-college transfer, Courtney Gardner, confirmed that he wasn't able to become academically qualified in time for the fall. Gardner, 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds with 4.4 speed, had 1,099 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns last season for at Sierra (Calif.) Community College. He'll spend one more semester there and join the Sooners in January.

Both Franks and Reynolds have been suspended before. Reynolds was suspended after tweeting insensitive comments about a gunman at the University of Texas during OU/Texas week, and redshirted that season. He was also suspended for one game last season for a violation of team rules.

Franks was suspended for two games last season for violating unspecified team rules.

Jackson started two games and played in 11 as a true freshman, finishing with 12 receptions for 165 yards. But he didn't participate in April's spring game.

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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