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OU football notebook: Sooners' Tony Jefferson shaking effects of dinged up knee

BY TRAVIS HANEY and BERRY TRAMEL, Staff Writers Published: November 3, 2011
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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.