PHOENIX — Oklahoma will have to make do without another starting defensive back. Junior cornerback Lendy Holmes did not make the trip to Arizona and will not play in the Fiesta Bowl against West Virginia, coach Bob Stoops confirmed Wednesday night. Holmes failed to qualify academically, which made him ineligible for the game. Stoops said either redshirt freshman Dominique Franks or sophomore Brian Jackson will start in Holmes' place. Franks (5-foot-10, 187 pounds), who attended Tulsa Union High School, has only three tackles on the year and played two possessions in the first half against Missouri in the Big 12 Championship game. Jackson (6-0, 197), out of De Soto, Texas, has been one of OU's best players on special teams, though he did have an interception against Utah State earlier in the year. "We'll see how those guys work through the week,” Stoops said. "Brian Jackson has really done well for us. We have a lot of confidence in both of them. Not anything we do is going to change. We're going to play like we always do.” Holmes' father, Lendy Holmes Sr., told the Dallas Morning News over the weekend that he doubted his son would be able to play in the Fiesta Bowl because of academics, but that the matter wasn't totally resolved and that his son still had an outside chance to "make it right.” "He's let Stoops down and his teammates down. He feels terrible,” Holmes Sr. said. "Here it is, you have the big stage in a bowl game and he really had the opportunity to shine. But look at the lesson he'll get out of this — that's what I'm proud of. This guy will be focused in for the spring game and for his senior year. This is not the end of the world, because it's only one game, but come game time it's really going to be tough on him.” Holmes' absence means OU will be without two starting defensive backs against the Mountaineers. Cornerback Reggie Smith, who was wearing a protective boot Wednesday, broke the big toe on his right foot in the Big 12 Championship and is also expected to miss the Fiesta Bowl. Holmes, who had played free safety all year, was moved to corner following the Big 12 title game to replace Smith. Holmes and Smith are the fourth- and fifth-leading tacklers on the team. Senior Darien Williams — who was fourth on the team in tackles last season, but has battled injuries this year — will play in Holmes' place at free safety. Yearlong starters D.J. Wolfe and Nic Harris will also play at safety, while Marcus Walker will start at the other cornerback spot.