OU football: D.J. Ward battling 'spleen issues'

OU coach Bob Stoops said Ward's family and doctors are still determining how to proceed.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: August 5, 2013
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photo - High school football player D.J. Ward poses for a photo at his Lawton, Okla., home on Thursday, July 19, 2012. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
High school football player D.J. Ward poses for a photo at his Lawton, Okla., home on Thursday, July 19, 2012. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

STOOPS: REYNOLDS, FRANKS WORKING TOWARD PLAYING TIME

Stoops was asked Monday about Jaz Reynolds and Trey Franks, who were each suspended along with safety Quentin Hayes for the entire 2012 season.

Reynolds, the Sooners' third-leading receiver in 2011, is a senior this year.

“He's working and doing a real good job,” Stoops said. “Nothing electrifying, but he's doing well.”

Asked if Reynolds can get back on the field, Stoops said, “We'll see. It's not easy. There are a lot of other guys that are doing pretty good. We'll see if he can earn some playing time.”

Franks was a receiver his first two years on campus, but switched to safety during his suspension. He made a few big hits during April's spring game.

“Looks much more comfortable,” Stoops said of Franks. “You can tell he finally understands where he needs to be. I like what Trey is doing. He's doing a good job in there.”

Hayes is currently projected to start as one of OU's safeties, alongside senior Gabe Lynn.

OU EXPECTS TO RUN MORE IN 2013

Junior offensive tackle Tyrus Thompson said he expects the Sooners to run the ball more and more effectively in 2013 than they did a year ago.

The Sooners return four senior running backs — Brennan Clay, Damien Williams, Roy Finch and Trey Millard — and have an experienced offensive line with good depth.

“It's important to every lineman to run the ball,” Thompson said. “That's what offensive linemen want to do. No linemen wants to sit back and take a blow from a D-lineman. We want to do the attacking.”


by Ryan Aber
Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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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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