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Stoops ‘not detailing’ suspended players’ futures

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Which is good, since the ’11 Jaz is a bear getting under the seats cleaned anyway, I’ve heard.

Regardless, and as Ben noted earlier this week, three of the four players recently suspended by Oklahoma have had their scholarships stripped.  Two of those three were/may be OU wide receivers, and the player who was suspended but didn’t yet have his scholarship revoked was/may be a receiver as well.

For those Sooners fans looking for a here-and-now update of their collective statuses, especially as it pertains to the receiver position? Not happening.

When asked during an offseason speaking engagement what receivers Trey Franks, Kameel Jackson and Jaz Reynolds and defensive back Quentin Hayes would have to do, as the Daily Oklahoman put it, to get back in the good graces of the OU football program, head coach Bob Stoops said…

I’m not detailing who is what,” Stoops said, referring to Jackson’s status as he’s the lone player suspended but still on scholarship acompared to the other three.

The coach also added that Jackson, who sent out a Twitter missive early last month that he would be transferring to Texas A&M, “has certain things he has to do to be on a scholarship come fall. We’ll see what he’s able to do through the summer.”

Of the 365 completions the Sooners had as a team in 2011, 304 were made by players who are either no longer with the program, currently suspended/scholarship-less or played the running back position.  The remaining returning 61 receptions belong to Kenny Stills (pictured).  Reynolds (41), Franks (22) and Jackson (12) combined for 14 more than that and were projected to help fill the deep void left by the loss of Ryan Broyles.

Stoops, though, isn’t unnerved by the potential lack of experience.

“It’s a long time until we play,” he said. “We’ll have them ready.”

Whether “them” includes any combination of the law firm of Reynolds, Franks & Jackson remains to be seen.

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3 Responses to “Stoops ‘not detailing’ suspended players’ futures”
  1. burntorangehorn says: Jun 8, 2012 3:55 PM

    I had thought Austin Haywood had planned to return to OU as well, but it looks like Stoops decided not to let him do it. So yeah, Stills is the only WR or TE returning, unless Jackson and/or any of the WRs removed from scholarship returns.

    I know Stoops is likely to pull a rabbit out of his hat, like he did with Bradford his RS freshman season, but I’m not expecting a high-flying attack. They’re probably going to have to lean heavily on Whaley (assuming he’s healthy) and hope that either one of the underperforming backups from last year (Clay, Finch), the fullback (Millard), or incoming transfers/freshmen can do some damage. This is going to have to be a defensive effort by the Sooners, IMO.

  2. irishdodger says: Jun 8, 2012 11:06 PM

    I’m sure Stoops will have them back on scholly just in time for a game vs a tough opponent. Reynolds will for sure be back.

  3. usmcbronzestar says: Jun 11, 2012 7:44 PM

    Are you two sure you are on the right site? Burnt orange and Irish. Just make sure your camp is in order, before you start making such uninformed statements.

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