TAPPER SUSPENDED FOR HALF
Sophomore defensive end Charles Tapper will be suspended for the first half of Saturday’s game against Iowa State after he was ejected in the second half of the Baylor loss for throwing a punch.
The ejection came on a Baylor extra-point attempt early in the fourth quarter.
Tapper’s punch didn’t hit much, glancing off the side of the Baylor lineman’s helmet.
“It’s got no business being part of the game,” Stoops said.
BOB STOOPS: PLAYCALLING AN IN-HOUSE ISSUE
OU coach Bob Stoops said after Thursday's game that he would evaluate whether any changes would need to be made, including whether any changes needed to be made in play-calling duties.
Monday, he wouldn't indicate whether that would be a change that would be made.
“Whether it is or not, it isn't something I'm going to acknowledge publicly,” Stoops said when asked if play-calling was a problem. “That's something we'll work through in the office with coaches. It's always fair to say there's blame to go around for everybody, but also sometimes when you're getting beat up front it doesn't matter what you call.”
D-LINE SLANTS HURT SOONERS
One of the inconsistent areas of Oklahoma's offense has been the play of the line.
Against Notre Dame and Texas Tech, the line was considered one of the team's biggest strengths.
In losses to Texas and Baylor and other games, the front has at times struggled to protect Bell and give the offense room to work.
In Thursday's loss, Baylor's front slanted toward the Sooners' strength, and OU didn't adjust.
“You know, the one drive they didn't slant, we drove right down the field and scored,” Sooners center Gabe Ikard said. “Their movement, we weren't able to adjust to it well enough. They slanted flatter than we thought they would and what we practiced. That's no excuse. We weren't able to cut guys off and get seams for the running backs. They way they played us — slanting to where we normally run the ball and playing off some of our tendencies — they had a good plan.”
WILSON CLOSE TO RETURN, OTHERS OUT
The Sooners lost several players to injury in Thursday's loss, and Stoops didn't have much of an update early Monday afternoon.
“I'm unsure about most, how that's going to play out,” Stoops said. “The one that looks the best, Julian Wilson looks like he should be ready to practice soon. The other guys are still uncertain.”
Wilson, a nickelback, cornerback Aaron Colvin, linebacker Jordan Evans, running back Keith Ford and wide receiver Sterling Shepard were among the players that were injured in the game.
Stoops said he didn't believe any of the injuries would require surgery or be season-ending.
Colvin would be the biggest loss. Colvin suffered an apparent shoulder injury.
Sophomore Cortez Johnson or freshman Stanvon Taylor would play in Colvin's absence if he's not ready to go.
IKARD NAMED WUERFFEL TROPHY FINALIST
For the second consecutive season, Ikard is a finalist for the Wuerffel Trophy.
The award, given by the All Sports Association of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., honors the college football player who best combines exemplary community service with outstanding academic and athletic achievement.
Ikard has been honored multiple times for his academic and athletic achievements. He was recently named a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award recipient, a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award and was named CoSIDA Academic All-District earlier this week.
BY RYAN ABER AND JASON KERSEY