Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Jinxed Sooners limp home with three more season-ending injuries
By ESPN.com staff
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Seriously, I wonder if Bob Stoops thinks that he angered the football gods somewhere.
Oklahoma announced today that three more starters are out with season-ending injuries.
Offensive lineman Brody Eldridge is out with a neck injury that was initially diagnosed by Stoops as a shoulder injury.
Stoops announced that defensive end Auston English was scheduled to have surgery on an injured ankle tendon. And starting tackle Jarvis Jones sustained a fractured heel in the Sooners' 10-3 loss at Nebraska.
That's five starters who are out after including tight end Jermaine Gresham and quarterback Sam Bradford.
Despite those injuries, Stoops told reporters Tuesday that he doesn't plan any major changes in his offense for the rest of the season.
"In four days of practice, how much can you truly retool, ten games into it, with inexperienced guys?" Stoops told reporters. “Everybody was writing two weeks ago they were finally coming of age, guys were making plays and getting comfortable in the system. So, now, all of a sudden to scrap the system, I don’t believe that is the answer.”
The Sooners produced 325 yards in the Nebraska, were held without a touchdown for the first time in Stoops' coaching tenure. A struggling performance featured five interceptions thrown by Landry Jones and three missed field goals by Tress Way.
Oklahoma (5-4) still needs one victory to earn bowl eligibility. Their remaining schedule features home games against Texas A&M on Saturday and Oklahoma State, sandwiched around a road trip to Texas Tech.