OU football notebook: Senior class to be honored before Iowa State game

BY MIKE BALDWIN Published: November 24, 2011
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KICKOFF RETURNS ARE IMPROVING

Sophomore wide receiver Trey Franks fumbled on a flipped-over tackle last week at Baylor but produced 173 all-purpose yards.

Franks has moved up to sixth in the Big 12 in kickoff returns, averaging 22.9 yards per return.

“Trey is doing great with it,” said OU coach Bob Stoops. “And the guys in front of him have gotten better creating some seams for him, too.”

JOHNSON ADAPTED QUICKLY TO NEW ROLE

Lane Johnson was a quarterback in junior college, a tight end when he arrived at Oklahoma, was moved to defensive end last year, then moved to offensive tackle last spring. Johnson not only has played, he's made nine consecutive starts at right tackle.

“Everything has gone so fast, it's hard to believe looking back to last spring,” Johnson said. “My technique has definitely improved. I try to watch other tackles. Iowa State's left tackle is supposed to be a first-round (NFL) draft pick. I try to watch tackles like that and learn as much as I can.”

RARE TWO-SACK GAME

The Sooners lead the nation in fewest sacks allowed (six) but Baylor sacked quarterback Landry Jones twice last week.

“Sacks happen. It's a part of the game,” Jones said. “You can't say enough about how the offensive line has been playing as far as protection. Other teams are going to make some plays every once in a while.”

Habern said one of the two sacks last week was a communications breakdown.

“They brought a max blitz,” Habern said. “We should have picked it up. We practiced it all week. It was a little different look than we saw on film. They did a great job executing the play. It was a slide throw. We didn't execute our job. The other one, they made a good play.”



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