OU's Holmes ineligible for Fiesta Bowl
Junior CB didn't make trip; Stoops says Franks or Jackson will start

By Jake Trotter Modified: December 27, 2007 at 12:58 am •  Published: December 27, 2007

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.

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