OU football notebook: Trio of Sooners miss opener

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Three Sooners – Phil Loadholt, Ryan Broyles and John Williams – did not play and were not in uniform for the game against Chattanooga.

Loadholt's suspension may have stemmed from a June arrest for suspicion of DUI.

OU coach Bob Stoops said Loadholt and Broyles were suspended for one game for “team reasons” and would be available to play Saturday against Cincinnati.

Williams wasn't suspended, but he wasn't on the sideline as his status with the team is uncertain.

Defensive tackle DeMarcus Granger did not start but played in the first quarter. Granger was sent home from the Fiesta Bowl after being charged with misdemeanor theft.

Stoops, however, had said Granger's drop to No. 2 on the depth chart was related to a sore back that hampered him during August drills. Adrian Taylor started at tackle. Former-Sooner salute: In recognition of Stoops' 10 seasons at OU, many players from the Stoops era united this weekend and were introduced at halftime.

Among the prominent Sooners to attend: Jammal Brown, Vince Carter, Quentin Griffin, Jonathan Jackson, Frank Romero, Wes Sims, Trent Smith, Andre Woolfolk, Paul Thompson and Josh Norman.

Two-by-four: Something had to give in terms of jersey No. 4.

During the preseason, wide receivers Corey Wilson and Jameel Owens both sported the number, vacated by Malcolm Kelly's departure to the NFL.

Owens, the true freshman from Muskogee, wore No. 4 against the Mocs.

Wilson, a redshirt freshman, wore No. 11.

Lewis starts: Redshirt freshman Travis Lewis, listed along with Brandon Crow as the backup weak-side linebacker, started and played significantly in the first half. Mike Balogun was listed atop the depth chart but didn't enter until the fourth quarter. Slideshow: OU vs Chattanooga

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