NORMAN – Asked Monday about his right knee, Oklahoma rover Tony Jefferson sort of winced. He tweaked it during the loss to Texas Tech, missing chunks of the game as a result.
Jefferson limped around in practice last week and fought to play in the win against Kansas State. He played well, too, despite the injury. Jefferson recorded six tackles, a sack and a forced fumble.
“Oh, yeah. It was tough to fight through, through the week,” Jefferson said. “I wasn't quite sure how it was going to feel, but it felt better on Saturday and I just fought through it.”
Jefferson said his knee is “feeling much better, way better” this week.
“You've just got to rub some dirt on it,” the sophomore said.
REYNOLDS SHOWS OFF HIS ‘JAZ HANDS'
Sophomore receiver Jaz Reynolds said some fans have started calling his hands “Jaz Hands.” Whatever you call them, Reynolds' oversized right mitt helped him snare a Landry Jones touchdown pass against K-State.
The one-handed grab was featured on ESPN's “SportsCenter,” among other highlight programs.
“We don't teach guys to do it, but it happens,” receivers coach Jay Norvell said of one-handed catches. “It's not like we practice them. … Most special receivers have pretty good-sized hands.”
STILLS ‘WAS FINE' LAST WEEK AT K-STATE, NORVELL SAYS
Norvell repeated what he said after the game Saturday about Kenny Stills. The sophomore receiver was involved in fewer plays as a result of increased substitution. Stills was not injured, he said.
“That's just something we wanted to do,” Norvell said. “Kenny was fine.”
Stills was sometimes stationed on the sideline, in favor of Trey Franks and Dejuan Miller.
Franks had one catch for 9 yards. Miller had three catches for 42 yards and a touchdown.
Stills, even with fewer snaps, still finished with four catches for 101 yards.
HARRIS HURT BY INJURY TO HIS HIGH SCHOOL TEAMMATE
Safety Javon Harris and tailback Dominique Whaley were teammates at Lawton MacArthur. So when Whaley suffered a fractured ankle on the first play at Kansas State last Saturday, Harris was particularly shaken.
“I had to take a knee,” Harris said. “Just started praying for him. He's one of my closest friends on the team.
“I was really sad for him. When somebody that close to you … you just hope he's not hurting.”
JONES TAKES DOWN MORE SCHOOL RECORDS
Two more OU records for quarterback Landry Jones last week against Kansas State: single-game passing yards (505) and career touchdown passes (90). Jones already held such records as career passing yards (11,010) and career completions (902).
Do the records ever get old for Jones, who has replaced the likes of Jason White and Sam Bradford atop a variety of Sooner lists?
“It's an honor to be in those guys' camp,” Jones said. “It's been a blast.”
FAN EVENTS PLANNED PRIOR TO SATURDAY'S KICKOFF
It being the biggest home game on OU's schedule in 2011, a number of promotional events are scheduled this weekend.
The Heisman Trophy will be in town, along with a couple of former OU recipients of the award. Billy Sims, the 1978 winner, and White, the 2003 winner, will be hanging out with the trophy before kickoff against Texas A&M.
White will be at the Everest Training Center, OU's indoor facility, from 10:30 a.m. until noon. Sims will be at the same location from 12:30-2 p.m.
Also, the Allstate Tailgate Tour will be set up at Niemann Field (Jenkins and Third Street). It will feature a number of interactive fan exhibits and activities from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Additionally, legendary coach Barry Switzer will have a statue erected near the statues of Bennie Owen and Bud Wilkinson (in front of the athletic residence hall named for Wilkinson). The ceremony is scheduled for 12:30 p.m.