Oklahoma's backfield is now a little less crowded, with coach Bob Stoops delivering the news Tuesday that sophomore running back Jonathan Miller has decided to transfer.
Stoops said the decision came down to “family decisions and the opportunity to maybe play a little more.”
“We're all OK with that,” Stoops said. “He's a good young man, and I'm sure he's going to do really well.”
Miller was listed on the preseason depth chart as a co-starter with Brennan Clay, who did start the game against Tulsa. Miller did not appear until Oklahoma's second-to-last series, when the Sooners led 47-14. He came in with backup quarterback Drew Allen.
Miller did get seven carries (for 20 yards) as OU ate up the final minutes, but he sounded frustrated afterward.
“Just when I thought it couldn't get any worse,” he said on Twitter an hour or so after the game.
Decision made, he had cooled down by Tuesday.
“Want to thank all the coaches and academic staff and teammates who have always helped me,” he tweeted.
Miller, from Garland, Texas, told Clay he planned to stay in school through the rest of the semester before transferring. He also urged a couple of Sooners to win the school's eighth national title for the late Austin Box.
WILL BRANDON WILLIAMS PLAY THIS FALL?
One noticeable absence from that stable of running backs Saturday was freshman Brandon Williams. At one point, he had a helmet on and appeared destined for the game. But he was ultimately held out.
Stoops, who talked about Williams throughout camp, said he still anticipates Williams playing this fall.
“We don't intend to redshirt him,” he said. “We'll just see where that goes. We haven't intended to redshirt him. … Those are always kind of tough decisions.”
Fumbles in practice have been one thing keeping Williams down the depth chart, one source said.
FRANKS, DARYL WILLIAMS MISS PRACTICE
Sophomore receiver Trey Franks missed practice Tuesday, and could the next couple of days, because he had his wisdom teeth removed.
Franks was active in Saturday's opener, catching seven passes for 74 yards. That marked his career high in yardage, though he did have eight catches last season against Texas A&M.
Additionally, redshirt freshman tackle Daryl Williams tweaked an ankle in Saturday's game. Stoops said he'll rest this week. He said Monday that everyone should be healthy by the Sept. 17 Florida State game — which is now officially a 7 p.m. kickoff on ABC, ESPN announced Tuesday.
STOOPS PLANS TO ATTEND SELMON SERVICE IN FLORIDA
With the bye week, Stoops said he plans to represent OU at Lee Roy Selmon's memorial service Friday morning in Tampa, Fla.
Selmon will also have a service at 1 p.m. Saturday at First Southern Baptist Church on South Sooner Road in Oklahoma City.
“All of us at the university, and those associated with it, are just saddened by the death of Lee Roy,” Stoops said. “We want them to know our prayers continue to be with them.”
Selmon, 56, suffered a stroke Friday and died Sunday. He is considered by many to be the greatest OU player of all time.SOONERS STILL NO. 1, BUT THERE’S NEW NO. 2 After a 33-point victory, Oklahoma remained a comfortable No. 1 in the major polls. There is a new No. 2, though, in the Associated Press rankings. LSU’s convincing victory against Oregon was enough to vault the Tigers above SEC West rival Alabama, which is still No. 2 in the coaches’ poll. Despite its win, OU still somehow lost four first-place votes in the AP poll. It is still ranked no lower than fourth by any of the voters, although the number of media members voting the Sooners fourth went from two to seven. Florida State climbed from sixth to fifth in the AP poll. The Seminoles play Charleston Southern this week.