Kenney to start at wideout againJunior-college transfer Cameron Kenney will make his second consecutive start at wide receiver this weekend against Tulsa, receivers coach Jay Norvell confirmed. Kenney also started last weekend in place of Adron Tennell, and had a 15-yard catch on a slant route. But another reason why Kenney is getting the nod is because of how he blocked in the run game against Idaho State. "I enjoy blocking. It helps out the run and then opens up the pass game,” Kenney said. "By the time you’re ready to run a route, the defender is concerned with just being blocked. So I think blocking is probably my strongest attribute right now.”
Tennell looking for chance at redemptionTennell was hoping for a breakout season after earning a spot in the starting lineup in the opener. But following a couple drops and a passive attitude in the loss to Brigham Young, Tennell was benched against Idaho State and didn’t play until late in the third quarter. "Sometimes the best motivation is the bench,” Norvell said. "We’re trying a little old-school motivation.” But Norvell isn’t writing Tennell off and said he plans to reinsert Tennell into the rotation Saturday. "He’s responded well (in practice),” Norvell said. "He didn’t play well the first week. But he is a good kid and he wants to do well and I think he will do well.”
Owens on scout teamSophomore wideout Jameel Owens in back practicing with the team after being suspended for the Idaho State game for skipping practice and meetings last week. But Owens is no longer working with the regular offense. Instead, he’s currently practicing with the scout team. Owens, who played in nine games as a true freshman last season, is expected to dress Saturday, but won’t play.
Stopping DamarisOne of the challenges the Sooners face this weekend is containing Tulsa receiver/returner Damaris Johnson, who leads the nation in all-purpose yardage. "He’s got exceptional speed. He’s a true sprinter-type guy,” said OU defensive backs coach Bobby Jack Wright. "Catches the ball well, runs with it in space well. He’s a dangerous punt return guy and a dangerous kick return guy. "A really good football player.”