COLVIN BACK AT PRACTICE
Cornerback Aaron Colvin returned to practice Monday after recent injuries.
Colvin missed last week's game after suffering a broken tooth and a possible concussion in the win over West Virginia.
Colvin dressed out and went through warm-ups but didn't play.
Safety Gabe Lynn did not practice Monday, though Sooners coach Bob Stoops said he would practice this week.
Lynn was hurt on a second-quarter interception against Tulsa and did not return.
“Gabe was X-rayed and he was negative,” Stoops said. “He just got kicked. And everyone else is OK.”
FORD DRAWS COMPARISONS
Stoops was asked if it was unusual for a freshman to be as physical as Keith Ford, who ran for 46 yards on seven carries against Tulsa.
“Well, we had another one that could do that,” Stoops said.
Adrian Peterson ran for more than 1,800 yards as a freshman in 2004.
Ford certainly won't come near that, but Stoops said Ford might be the Sooners' most physical runner since Peterson.
“Maybe, when you're just talking about physical,” Stoops said. “I'm not comparing him to Adrian, but he's a powerful guy — definitely.”
BELL NAMED OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Oklahoma quarterback Blake Bell was named the Big 12's Offensive Player of the Week after leading the Sooners to a 51-20 win over Tulsa.
It was the second consecutive week that an OU player won a weekly award from the conference. Safety Gabe Lynn was the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week last week.
Bell, who replaced Trevor Knight as OU's starter, threw for 413 yards and four touchdowns, completing 27 of 37 passes.
Bell's passing yardage was the best in a debut for a Sooners quarterback.
Oklahoma State punt returner Josh Stewart won special teams honors while Kansas State defensive back Kip Daily won defensive player of the week honors.
CONSISTENCY KEY FOR FINCH
There's never been much doubt about Roy Finch's talent.
Finch came in as a highly touted running back with a four-star rating and Parade All-American honors.
But even though he was healthy last year, Finch was given just seven carries last season as a junior.
Saturday, with Damien Williams suspended for a game, Finch carried the ball eight times and had a touchdown reception.
“He's been more consistent in everything that he's doing,” Stoops said. “He's practicing. He's doing the things he needs to do on and off the field to have an opportunity to play. You don't just get to play.”
Last season, Oklahoma didn't do well coming off its first bye week.
After winning two nonconference games, the Sooners lost to Kansas State 24-19 after their first week off.
“I think we definitely learned something last time from losing,” offensive tackle Daryl Williams said. “We've got to start looking at film more, and practice starts today, so just practice hard today and throughout the week.”
Williams said he expected Stoops to address the off week and preparations for Notre Dame before Monday's practice.
Oklahoma is 13-5 after an off week during the regular season since Stoops took over in 1999. OU has lost after an off week in each of the last two seasons.
BY RYAN ABER AND JASON KERSEY