OU football notebook: Transfers Jalen Saunders, Cortez Johnson apply for waivers to play this year

OU coach Bob Stoops said incoming transfers Jalen Saunders and Cortez Johnson have applied for waivers to play this season. Both players left their respective programs after coaching changes.
by Jason Kersey Published: June 10, 2012
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NCAA rules stipulate that if a player transfers from one Division I school to another, that player must sit out a year.

Stoops declined to say the grounds under which the players are applying for waivers.

STOOPS: NEW BLOOD IN CONFERENCE IS TOUGH

Stoops was asked Thursday if it's exciting to see new blood in the Big 12 Conference, referring to this year's additions of TCU and West Virginia.

“No, not as good as they are,” he said with a laugh. “Are you kidding me?”

He said game-planning is tough because, unlike the other conference schools, he's not used to how the new schools play.

“It's tough initially,” he said. “But I'm sure it is for them, too. When you get used to a talent of players and style of play, and what they like to do, it takes a lot of studying. You don't just immediately adjust. It takes a little for both sides because you're not familiar with each other.”

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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