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OU football notebook: Tony Jefferson to wear No. 12; Ben Habern files NFL paperwork 'just to see'

OKLAHOMA FOOTBALL — OU safety Tony Jefferson will wear No. 12 to honor late OU linebacker Austin Box.
BY JENNI CARLSON, TRAVIS HANEY AND BERRY TRAMEL, Staff Writers Published: December 28, 2011

— Oklahoma safety Tony Jefferson will wear the No. 12 jersey in the Insight Bowl as part of the Sooners' season-long tribute to the late Austin Box.

The Sooners had a different defensive player wear Box's old jersey number each game of the season after he died in May of an overdose of painkillers.

Jefferson found out that he would be wearing No. 12 against Iowa during OU's media day on Wednesday. He approached linebacker Travis Lewis, the defensive captain who chooses the Box tribute.

“Am I wearing No. 12?” Jefferson asked.

“Yep,” Lewis said, then paused. “You haven't worn it yet, have you?”

“Nope,” Jefferson replied.

He will on Friday.


Junior center Ben Habern said Wednesday that he at least filed the necessary paperwork to get a projection from the NFL Draft Advisory Board.

Even though he missed several games with a broken forearm, he figured there was no harm in getting the grade. Habern wasn't certain whether the report also came with tips for what to work on as a senior.

“I wanted to do it, just to see what it was,” Habern said. “I don't really know what I'm going to do, but you might as well if it's available. If I'm old enough to be able to do it, I'll just see what would happen.”


Arizona All-Pro receiver Larry Fitzgerald stopped by the Sooners' final practice of the year.

The drop-by Wednesday at Corona del Sol High School was particularly productive, it seemed, for OU's receivers, who picked the brain of the six-time Pro Bowler who is nearing 10,000 career yards.

Not that it's good for the Sooners that Ryan Broyles and Jaz Reynolds are injured and out for the bowl game, but it did provide them ample time Wednesday to talk and hang out with Fitzgerald.

Kenny Stills tweeted that Fitzgerald spoke with the team, telling them about his “Faith Focus Finish” mantra.

Arizona concludes its regular season Sunday against Seattle.


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