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Sun Bowl notebook: Jim Harbaugh says QB Andrew Luck might play against OU in Sun Bowl

By Berry Tramel and Jake Trotter Modified: December 31, 2009 at 9:34 am •  Published: December 31, 2009

Harbaugh: QB Luck might play
Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck might play Thursday against Oklahoma in the Sun Bowl, Cardinal coach Jim Harbaugh said.

Luck suffered a broken finger Nov. 28 against Notre Dame in Stanford’s regular-season finale. Luck underwent surgery but had the pins removed Monday.

Harbaugh, speaking at the final Sun Bowl press conference, said Luck is "progressing nicely” and that he and the medical staff are hopeful Luck will be able to play.

Senior Tavita Pritchard, who made 19 career starts before Luck won the job this season, is expected to start vs. the Sooners.

Stoops: Focus not to blame
Going into today’s Sun Bowl, Oklahoma has lost five of six, including three straight bowl games.

Inevitably, Bob Stoops was pressed this week for a common thread among the bowl losses.

"Yeah, playing other really good teams,” he said. "Florida wasn’t any slouch last year. In the end, you’re playing other championship teams, if you’re not playing your best and/or they’re hot, you’re going to lose. It’ll be the same this year.”

Stoops insisted that citing lack of focus or any other reason for the bowl slump is a "cop-out.”

"I don’t see our guys that they weren’t focused,” he said. "I don’t buy that. The 2003 LSU (national championship) game, that’s a heck of a game, 21-14. So we weren’t focused? LSU was a good football team, and we played them in their backyard, right? So, in the end they made a few more plays than we did. That doesn’t mean our guys weren’t focused.”

Stoops was adamant that how he’s run his team this bowl trip is no different than any other.

"The same things that worked for us in 2000 when we were national champions and went 13-0,” Stoops said, "are still pretty similar to today.”

At Stanford, it’s all relative
Stanford’s roster is filled with players who are related to famous people.

→Freshman tailback Michael Spanos is the grandson of San Diego Chargers owner Alex Spanos.

→Junior center Bert McBride’s parents both have run for governor of Florida, dad Bill McBride in 2002 and mom Alex Sink in 2010.

→Pritchard is the nephew of former NFL quarterback Jack Thompson, the "Throwin’ Samoan” at Washington State.

→Luck is the son of former Houston Oilers and West Virginia U. quarterback Oliver Luck.

→Freshman tight end Levine Toilolo’s uncle is former NFL nose tackle Dan Saleaumua.

→Senior safety Bo McNally and redshirt freshman fullback Liam McNally are the grandsons of late Baltimore Orioles pitching star Dave McNally.

→Senior offensive tackle Matt Kopa is the grandson of France’s1958 World Cup star, Raymond Kopa.

→Wide receiver Griff Whalen’s great uncle is Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver.

Playing time for Cale Gundy
In 1993, current OU running backs coach Cale Gundy quarterbacked OU to a 41-10 Sun Bowl victory over Texas Tech.


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