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Oklahoman Modified: August 26, 2009 at 10:27 am •  Published: August 26, 2009

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BYU injury count continues to rise
The injury bug refuses to leave, Provo, Utah. According to The Salt Lake Tribune, more than 30 Brigham Young players have suffered some kind of ailment this fall.

The latest victim was preseason all-conference running back Harvey Unga, who suffered a hamstring injury in a non-contact passing drill Monday. Unga already was being held out of contact this fall as he recovers from catching swine flu during the summer. Coach Bronco Mendenhall, however, said he expects Unga to be back in time for BYU’s Sept. 5 opener with Oklahoma.

Starting safety Scott Johnson was also injured this week, suffering a concussion during a collision with running back Manase Tonga in a scrimmage.

"Scott was actually trying to clock Manase Tonga, but he lost the battle," Mendenhall said.

Mendenhall said he wasn’t sure if Johnson will be ready for the OU game.

Backup QB battle still undecided
With only a week and a half until the opener, Sooners coaches still aren’t ready to reveal who quarterback Sam Bradford’s backup will be.

Both true freshman Drew Allen and redshirt freshman Landry Jones continue to compete for the spot. So far, neither has outshined the other.

"They are doing well, but they still need work, and you still go back and appreciate how good Sam was as a second-year guy,” Wilson said. "We need them to heighten their sense of urgency, because there is a chance that they will play.”

Charity tailgate to be held at Roy Williams’ house
Former Sooner safety and current Cincinnati Bengal Roy Williams will hold a pregame party in his backyard before OU’s Sept. 5 opener with BYU to raise money for his Safety Net Foundation.

The barbecue tailgate will take place from 1-3 p.m. the day of the game at Williams’ house. The cost is $200 per individual and $300 per couple.

For more information, call Bill Horn at (405) 409-2223.

The Safety Net Foundation raises money to help low-income single mothers.

Two-minute drill
Wide receiver Dejuan Miller has made several plays in practice and is making a push for more playing time in OU’s undetermined wide receivers rotation. ... Cornerback Jamell Fleming has returned to practice from a back injury. ... Thunder owner Clay Bennett was at Tuesday’s practice and was given a tour of OU’s facility improvements in the Switzer Center.

By Jake Trotter