Oklahoma senior running back Damien Williams and senior wide receiver Lacoltan Bester have both been suspended for Saturday's game at Kansas State for violating team rules, sources close to OU confirmed to The Oklahoman.
The news was first reported by Oklahoma City's KOCO-5.
Asked about the suspensions after Wednesday's practice, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops refused to confirm or deny them.
“I don't know where those reports come from,” Stoops said. “Those kind of things, I'll always leave up to game time to announce after the game.”
Williams has rushed for 553 yards and seven touchdowns this season on a team-high 114
carries. He was the Sooners' leading rusher a year ago, but has split carries this season
with fellow seniors Brennan Clay and Roy Finch.
Williams was also suspended for the Sooners' home win over Tulsa earlier this season.
Bester has recorded 20 catches for 279 yards and a touchdown this season.
Both Williams and Bester transferred to OU from junior colleges before the 2012 season.
SOONERS PREPARING FOR TWO QBS
Oklahoma will face a unique challenge Saturday at Kansas State, which runs a true two-quarterback system with Jake Waters and Daniel Sams.
Waters is the better passer — he's thrown for 1,690 yards and 10 touchdowns — while Sams is the better runner. He's rushed for a team-high 785 yards and 10 touchdowns this season.
“You can see them becoming more comfortable, and their roles on the team are a little bit more defined,” said OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops. “Their confidence as players has obviously picked up. We all understand how important the quarterback position is for any team, and certainly those guys having two really good ones can execute a lot of his offense. It's pretty unique.”
OU special teams coordinator Jay Boulware, on the strength of seniors Jalen Saunders and Roy Finch in the kick-return game. Lots of teams have chosen to kick away from them to limit return opportunities.
“We have probably two of the best specialists that I've had the privilege of coaching. Both of those kids have done a phenomenal job. … When you've got a team willing to give up 10, 15, 20 yards or whatever it is in field position because they don't want that guy to touch it and go to the house, that's just as good as a return sometimes.”
BY JASON KERSEY AND RYAN ABER