As many as 10 true freshmen will play against BYUCoach Bob Stoops said Tuesday that up to 10 true freshmen could see the field Saturday against the Cougars. Cornerback Demontre Hurst, free safety Marcus Trice, offensive guard Tyler Evans, wide receiver Jaz Reynolds, defensive tackle Jamarkus McFarland and linebackers Ronnell Lewis and Jaydan Bird are all likely to play, Stoops said. Safety Javon Harris, cornerback Gabe Lynn and offensive tackle Josh Aladenoye also could play, but are not locks. "I think overall we are a little bit thin, but we’ll stay thin if they aren’t ready to play,” Stoops said as to why he plans on playing so many true freshmen. "They are showing the ability to understand what we’re asking them to do and to make plays. "We feel like we should give them the opportunity to make plays.”
DeMarcus Granger "still a ways away”Stoops said DeMarcus Granger "is still a ways away” from being ready to make a significant impact in the defensive tackle rotation. Granger is trying to return from back surgery he underwent last December. Granger admitted Tuesday that he’s probably still at least a month away from getting into the kind of shape that would allow him to contribute. "I can’t rush anything; I’m not a magic healer,” Granger said. "I need more time. At least another month. "My body just isn’t fully back used to the demand (of football) yet.”
Broyles back in slotThe Sooners tinkered with playing sophomore Ryan Broyles at wideout during fall camp, but Saturday, he’ll start out in his old spot in the slot. Along with Broyles, OU plans to work Mossis Madu in the slot, though both players could also see snaps at wideout. Brandon Caleb and Adron Tennell will start at the two wideout spots, with Dejuan Miller and Cameron Kenney being the top two reserves.