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OU football notebook: Trey Franks will not return for 2014 season

The redshirt junior has graduated from school and chose not to return for final season of eligibility. Franks was a valuable return man for the Sooners.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey and Trent Shadid Published: February 7, 2014
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photo - Oklahoma's Trey Franks (2) runs past Iowa State's Jake Knott (20) during a college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Iowa State University Cyclones (ISU) at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Trey Franks (2) runs past Iowa State's Jake Knott (20) during a college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Iowa State University Cyclones (ISU) at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

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.

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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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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by Trent Shadid
Copy Editor
Trent Shadid is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Weatherford, Okla., and attended Weatherford High School. Before joining The Oklahoman, he spent two seasons as an assistant wrestling coach at Weatherford High...
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