“It's been a blessing,” Kasitati said. “In the last two years I've been hurt and it's been pretty crazy. Coming out and starting, I worked my butt off in camp and you reap what you sow.”
Irwin and Kasitati have rotated plenty, though Kasitati has gotten the bulk of the playing time.
“I'm fortunate to have Brony (Irwin) switch out with me every once in awhile,” Kasitati said. “We both get to take a breath and every time we hear our names called to get in there, we're ready to go.”
BLANKENSHIP: ‘CHIP IS OK'
With nearly 60 Oklahomans on the Tulsa's roster and nearly 40 on the travel squad, Tulsa coach Bill Blankenship said the players who weren't recruited by Oklahoma can have a chip on their shoulder when playing the Sooners.
“I think the chip is OK,” Blankenship told the Tulsa World. “I think sometimes you might be in a little awe. … There's a little bit of a balancing act that they'll have.
“I think it's OK to say, ‘I think I could have played here.' … That's great if that motivates you.”
While many of the in-state players weren't offered by the Sooners, freshman defensive end Dalton Rodriguez was.
Rodriguez was committed to OU before switching his commitment to the Golden Hurricane in December.
Rodriguez is not expected to play Saturday though.
BY RYAN ABER AND JASON KERSEY