Trey Franks was a valuable return man for Oklahoma last season as a redshirt junior but will not be back with the Sooners next season.
Franks has graduated from school and chose not to return for his final season of eligibility, OU assistant athletic director for communications Pete Moris said.
Franks sat out the 2012 season after being suspended but returned last year, starting the season at defensive back before moving to wide receiver before the Texas Tech game on Oct. 26.
He had five returns for 118 yards last season. He was to be the Sooners only player back who returned kicks last year.
Franks played in all but one game this season, with six tackles and a fumble recovery. He did not have a catch after moving to offense.
For his career, Franks finishes with 51 catches for 459 yards and a touchdown and 32 kick returns for an average of 23.7 yards.
Also not returning is defensive lineman Robert Hollis. The Tulsa Edison product was a redshirt sophomore last season.
WILSON LAUGHS OFF SUGAR BOWL SPAT WITH LYNN
With 1:39 remaining in the first half of Oklahoma's Sugar Bowl victory over Alabama last month, Sooner coaches called a timeout after the defense lined up incorrectly for a third down play.
After the timeout was called, junior nickelback Julian Wilson and senior safety Gabe Lynn started screaming at each other in a confrontation that looked like it might turn physical.
In a recent interview, Wilson sought to clear that up for the public.
“First things first, that's football; people argue,” Wilson said, before smiling and adding, “But I was right. … I want to clear that up for everybody.”
Wilson said the spat was blown out of proportion.
“That's the media,” he said. “That's how they work. It's a little argument. If ya'll had cameras on the sideline, we argue like that every series.
“That just happened. Heat of the moment, the camera was on us and it happened. But the next play, we were out there playing with each other, getting ready.”
FIVE DB SIGNEES HELP REVAMP SECONDARY
With the departure of defensive back starters Aaron Colvin and Lynn, Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops put an emphasis on landing several defensive backs in the Sooners' 2014 recruiting class.
On National Signing Day, after OU officially landed five defensive backs, Stoops expressed how beneficial the added depth should be.
“We play with five DB's every snap, so getting five was what we needed to do and certainly we look for some of those guys to contribute for us,” Stoops said. “We're really thin right now. We were a couple guys short a year ago so it was good to get a good, solid class of DBs.”
Jenks safety Steven Parker, a four-star recruit, is considered the top signee of the group and was referred to as “a player we desperately needed” by Stoops. Marcus Green, Vontre McQuinnie, Jordan Thomas, and Tito Windham were the other signees.
“When you look at those guys they have great versatility, size, range and that's what we needed to do,” Stoops said. “I thought we got two pure cover guys in Jordan Thomas and Tito Windham. I thought Steven (Parker) gives us the great cover guy, Vontre gives us a physical presence, and Marcus Green is a guy that I think can play all five positions.”
COACHES RAVE ABOUT PERINE'S SIZE, ABILITY
A lot of talk surrounding Oklahoma's 2014 recruiting class has involved highly touted running back signee Joe Mixon, and rightfully so with the Oakley, Calif., (Freedom) native being the top rated all-purpose back in the country by Rivals.com.
But during Wednesday's signing day press conference in Norman, the Sooners' other running back signee, Samaje Perine, received equal praise from the coaching staff.
“Everybody's going to be excited about the running backs,” said co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel. “They're extremely special players. Samaje's a big, strong, physical, impressive looking kid. When you see him walk in the door, he looks like a grown man.”
Head coach Bob Stoops, co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell, and running backs coach Cale Gundy also raved about Perine's (5-foot-11, 238 pounds) rare combination of size and ability.
“He's very athletic guy for a big guy,” Gundy said. “He's got great feet, and he's got great hands. He (bench presses) like 385 pounds, and he squats over 500. Just ridiculous numbers right now.”
Stoops and Norvell both said they saw Perine during a recent visit he made to Norman and stated the Pflugerville, Texas (Hendrickson) product looks more like a junior in college than a high school senior.
Perine rushed for 1,492 yards and 12 touchdowns last season.
Oklahoma cornerback Zack Sanchez, on the importance of offseason workouts:
“It's huge. Just putting weight on, getting more physical and more powerful. … Playing Alabama, it showed us we can be a lot more powerful. If we bring that to the Big 12, we should be able to have a lot of fun.”