"We've seen these guys for quite a while and we're confident that they're the caliber of players we're used to having at those positions, making plays and being successful for us. We had seen that leading into the season enough to feel good that, ‘Hey, they're going to step up and be the guys that we're used to having — or better.'
"And I think they've been that. They have played in a really good way and are very solid and improving all the time. So we have a lot of confidence in them.”
•No whining zone:
While speculation remains that Granger's injury may have been the result of retaliation by Washington players, no one at OU is complaining.
Stoops said Monday that nobody "around here's whining about it.”
Shipp said rough stuff is all a part of play in the trenches.
"That's been going on for years,” Shipp said. "When you have two lines colliding, that's been happening for the longest time. It goes on at every level — high school, pro, college.
"In this game, you have to learn how to take care of yourself.”
•Crowder memorial fund:
Sooner fans wishing to send contributions to the Eddie Crowder Football Scholarship fund are being asked to send checks payable to the OU Foundation to OU Athletics, 180 W. Brooks St., Norman, OK, 73019.
Crowder, who played quarterback at OU in the 1950s, died Sept. 9 in a Lafayette, Colo., hospital from complications of leukemia. He was 77.
By John Helsley