OU football notebook: Bob Stoops still expects Jordan Phillips to play

The sophomore defensive tackle missed the TCU game with an unspecified injury.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: October 9, 2013

STOOPS STILL EXPECTS PHILLIPS TO PLAY

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said Wednesday that he still expects sophomore defensive tackle Jordan Phillips to play in Saturday's game against Texas.

“He's gotten better,” Stoops said. “So, we're expecting him to play and hopefully practice some more here tomorrow. He's making some improvement.”

Phillips, who missed last week's game against TCU with an unspecified injury, was replaced in the starting lineup by redshirt freshman Jordan Wade.

“Those guys have made significant improvement,” Stoops said of Wade and junior Torrea Peterson. “Chuka (Ndulue) can play in there too some if need be, so you know, those guys are rotating really pretty well in there.”

CLAY DEFENDS NOTRE DAME'S COUNCELL

Oklahoma senior running back Brennan Clay's opinion hasn't changed on the NCAA's new targeting rules, even after being the victim of such a hit two weeks ago at Notre Dame.

“I still feel the same way,” Clay said. “I felt like it was a good hit. It hurt for a little bit, but you know, you get back up. That's football. You're gonna get hit. … It's a physical game. I was a victim of it, but I shook it off and got back in the game.”

The collision occurred when Clay came across the middle on a third-down play. The ball bounced off his hands as Notre Dame linebacker Ben Councell collided with him, helmet-to-helmet.

Councell was ejected from the game and had to sit out the first half of the Irish's next contest against Arizona State.

“I don't think so,” Clay said when asked if Councell should've been ejected. “I mean, especially since he has to miss playing time and all that. That's a little bit too harsh for me. It could be a 15-yarder, but for him to get ejected and not be able to play one of the biggest games they played the whole year, against us? I don't feel like that's justified at all.”

As a freshman in 2010, Clay suffered a concussion after sustaining a big blow to the head from a Florida State defender. He was carried off the field on a stretcher that day.

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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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