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OU Football Notebook: Sooner D wants to eliminate big plays

Oklahoman Modified: April 8, 2009 at 4:50 am •  Published: April 8, 2009
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t that has given Murray more time to build his frame in the weight room as he rests his leg.

"He’s put on some weight, he looks good,” Gundy said. "Coach (Josh Heupel) walked past him the other day from behind and he didn’t recognize him.

"His neck’s been getting a little bit bigger from all the extra stuff he’s done in the weight room. He’ll be ready to go.”

Clayton frustrated by ankle injury
He’s not ready to concede just yet, but it seems unlikely that outside linebacker Keenan Clayton will be able to participate in Saturday’s Red-White Spring Game, due to a high-ankle sprain on his left foot.

"It’s day to day. I started doing a little bit of jogging and cutting (Monday), and it felt a little bit better,” Clayton said. "If it feels better Thursday, we’ll go and see how it feels Saturday, but I have to be able to cut with confidence instead of worrying about the pain or when the leg is going to give out.”

Clayton injured the ankle earlier on this spring when a teammate stepped on it during practice. He’s been frustrated watching his final spring from the sidelines.

"It’s hard. Playing football is fun,” Clayton said. "This is my last spring ball, but I’ve been sitting on the sidelines watching. I’m not the kind of guy who likes watching. I like to be out there participating and having fun.

"But as far as Saturday goes, it’s still up in the air. Hopefully I’ll feel good Saturday and they’ll let me go. But if not, I’ll just have to get ready for the summer.”

Called out?
Though he’s out nursing the ankle injury, Clayton wasn’t happy Monday with how the linebackers performed. Apparently, one of the other players on the team, not a linebacker, wasn’t either and made it known.

"Some things were said today that I didn’t feel like should be said to the linebacking corps when we have three starters coming back,” Clayton said. "I’m not going to say what was said and who said it, but it was said in our huddle, and it didn’t sit well with me and I’m sure it didn’t sit well with the other guys.”

Clayton said he expects the linebackers to rise to the challenge during Saturday’s Red-White game.

"Come Saturday, there’s a point that needs to be proven by the linebacking corps,” he said. "He called the whole group out. I want the whole group to step up and have a good day, so that way if something happens he can’t say it’s our fault.

"We’ve been messing up and haven’t gotten the job done like we need to. We have three more practices this spring and I expect to see a dramatic change.”

BY JAKE TROTTER