OU football notebook: Tom Wort progressing; Ryan Reynolds returns to practice

By Jake Trotter Modified: December 10, 2009 at 4:43 am •  Published: December 10, 2009
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Wort coming along
Oklahoma freshman linebacker Tom Wort, who is coming back from tearing his ACL back in August, has started to do straight-line running again, defensive coordinator Brent Venables said Wednesday.

"He’s progressed exceptionally well,” Venables said.

The 6-foot, 220-pound Wort, from New Braunfels, Texas, impressed during preseason workouts and was vying for playing time as Ryan Reynolds’ backup at middle linebacker before the injury.

Venables said Wort could dress out for the Sun Bowl, though wearing a uniform would only be for show.

Wort is still a couple months away from being cleared by doctors to play.

REYNOLDS RETURNS TO PRACTICE
Reynolds has returned to practice from a strained hamstring and should be 100 percent for the Sun Bowl.

Reynolds suffered the injury in a loss to Texas Tech, then was unable to play in the season finale against Oklahoma State.

He’s hoping the Sun Bowl isn’t his final game at OU.

Reynolds, who has suffered three serious knee injuries during his college career, is currently trying to secure a medical hardship and a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA.

Reynolds’ original request was denied by the NCAA late last month. He has already appealed that ruling.

FRESHMAN LB JONES LEAVES THE TEAM
True freshman linebacker Gus Jones is no longer with team, Venables said. Jones, out of Wagoner, is expected to complete his semester class work at OU, then transfer to a smaller school.

Jones spent this season redshirting.


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