His eligibility in question for Saturday's season opener, junior defensive end Ronnell Lewis has defended his academics on Facebook, stating fans don't know the whole story.
“They don't know,” said coach Bob Stoops. “When I know something definitive I'll say something about it. I'm not going to debate it here and broadcast his situation until we know what it is. It's just not fair to him. He deserves some privacy, doesn't he?
“You're asking me to talk about grades, this, that and the other, but he's a college student. If he was in the NFL, I'd talk about whatever it is. He's not. He's a student on top of being a player. He deserves that (privacy).”
TRAVIS LEWIS STILL IN A CAST
Linebacker Travis Lewis suffered a broken toe the third day of two-a-days. He's projected to be out eight weeks.
Lewis tweeted he plans to return Sept. 17 for Florida State, but he's still in a cast.
Is it feasible Lewis could return in two weeks?
“I can't answer that. Doctors can,” Stoops said. “Whatever he is saying now is totally hopeful because they haven't evaluated him since they put him in a cast. There will be different stages of evaluation that might shed some light on that. But (saying) anything right now is too early.”
ALTERNATING BOX'S NO. 12 JERSEY
To honor linebacker Austin Box, who died in May, a different player each week will wear No. 12. Stoops will announce each Friday which player will wear Box's number for the upcoming game. Travis Lewis, assisted by Landry Jones, will play a key role on which players wear No. 12.
SOONERS RECRUITED KINNE
Tulsa quarterback G.J. Kinne led TU in rushing last season. The 235-pound Kinne is tough to bring down. The Sooners recruited Kinne as a linebacker.
"That shows the kind of toughness we felt he had, the instincts we felt he had," said defensive coordinator Brent Venables. "It's shown over time he's a really good football player ... There's a reason he was the Conference (USA) Player of the Year."
The challenge is to keep Kinne in the pocket.
"He stresses everybody," Venables said. "The stress starts with those guys up front. They line up four, sometimes five (receivers). You like to keep people back in coverage. You take your chances in pressure. But when you pressure you have to have good containment."
KICKOFF RETURNS PRIMARILY BACKS
Running backs Dominique Whaley, Roy Finch, Brandon Williams and Jonathan Miller will handle kickoff returns. The only wide receiver in the mix is Trey Franks.
“I prefer not to use many receivers,” Stoops said. “I guess I get spooked all the way back to Manny Johnson when he got taken out against (Texas) Tech. Those receivers sometimes aren't quite as thick as those backs are.”
STOOPS ENDORSES ADDING IRISH
If given a choice, Stoops would prefer a 12-team league with a conference title game regardless of whether Texas A&M leaves for the SEC. And Stoops would love to see the Big 12 add Notre Dame.
“We have to play them next year anyway,” Stoops said. “It might as well be in conference. Maybe that's the invitation they're waiting on.”
Stoops said offensive tackle Jarvis Jones, who suffered a major knee injury last spring, is ahead of schedule, but it's uncertain when he might return ... Asked his thoughts on the Longhorn Network, Stoops quipped: “There's a rumor the Longhorn Network is going to carry my coaches' show.” On a more serious note, Stoops is puzzled why the LHN was told it can't show high school games but can now show highlights. “They got a good deal there. They take out the boring parts of the game and just put in the good parts,” Stoops said.