Coach Bob Stoops confirmed Monday that senior middle linebacker Ryan Reynolds has lost his appeal to the NCAA for a hardship waiver that would have given him an extra year of eligibility because of injuries.
Instead, Reynolds, who overcame three major knee injuries while in college, will play his final game as a Sooner in the Sun Bowl. Reynolds missed OU’s regular-season finale against Oklahoma State with a strained hamstring. Stoops, however, said Reynolds has been practicing and should be fine for the bowl game.
VINSON TO TRANSFERReserve offensive lineman Jeff Vinson, who didn’t step on the field this year, has decided to transfer. "He’s had an injury and feels he has a better opportunity somewhere else to be able to handle his injury and still play,” said Stoops, who was not specific with Vinson’s injury. Vinson came to OU as a junior-college transfer out of Lackawanna (Pa.) Community College, the same school linebacker Mike Balogun transferred from.
TWO-MINUTE DRILLThe Sooners will leave for the Dec. 31 Sun Bowl on Saturday morning and practice in El Paso later that day; OU won’t celebrate the New Year in El Paso, though — the team will return to Norman shortly after the game.