Modified: September 12, 2008 at 9:10 am •  Published: September 12, 2008
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Washington to play
Defensive ends coach Chris Wilson said that freshman defensive end R.J. Washington likely will play for the first time this season Saturday against Washington.

"We're expecting to see him this week,” Wilson said. "He's had a really good week of practice.”

The Sooners have lost two defensive ends since the season started, prompting the OU coaches to consider pulling Washington out of redshirt. First, senior John Williams left the team. Then, redshirt freshman Frank Alexander was stabbed in the arm during a party and is not expected back until TCU in two weeks at the earliest.

"We just need to keep getting R.J. reps, and if we do, I'll believe he'll really pay off for us later in the season,” Wilson said.

Washington was considered the gem of the 2008 recruiting class after being rated by many as the top high school defensive end in the nation.

"He's fast, he's explosive, but he's still learning and growing into his position,” defensive coordinator Brent Venables said. "He's got a good attitude. He goes 100 miles per hour, whether he's right or wrong.”

•Sleepless in Seattle: The last time Bob Stoops coached against the Huskies in Washington, he was co-defensive coordinator at Kansas State in 1991.

The result wasn't pretty.

Washington drilled K-State 56-3 on the way to a national championship.

"They smashed us,” Stoops said.

Venables, who was an outside linebacker for K-State at the time, has a more vivid memory of the loss.

"That siren never stopped from the time we got off the bus until the time we got out of the showers,” said Venables, referring to the siren that shrieks every time the Huskies score a touchdown.



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