NORMAN Okla. — The fourth-ranked Sooners are crossing their fingers they’ll have one of their biggest weapons available for the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Orange Bowl. Wide receiver Marquise Brown left the Big 12 Championship and did not return with a foot injury. With 16 days to go before the battle against top-ranked Alabama, there’s still no major update on his status.
“Yeah, still early. I mean, [he’s] working through it,” said head coach Lincoln Riley Wednesday in his first meeting with the local media since OU claimed its fourth straight league title. “It’s not a definite no, not a definite yes. I mean, we’re hopeful, but he hasn’t done much up to this point.”
Hollywood is the Sooners’ leading receiver with more than 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns on 75 catches. He’s averaging 101.4 yards per game while playing in 12 of 13 contests this season.
Obviously, playing without him would limit OU’s offense. However, the unit was able to come through down the stretch in the Big 12 Title Game with guys like Myles Tease, Nick Basquine and even Charleston Rambo stepping up.
“I mean, it was certainly a significant enough injury that there was no way that he was going to be able to return in the game,” Riley said the day after. “And the extent of that is still a little bit unknown, but we’ve got a great medical team and we’ll fight hard to try to get him back. And if we can, that’s certainly great. He’s a dynamic player. But if he doesn’t, I think we were able to show [against Texas] that we’ve got some guys that are more than capable of stepping in and making the big plays that we’ve come to expect from Marquise.”
Other than Brown, CeeDee lamb is the Sooners’ most productive receiver. He’s also eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark, where he stands with 1,049 yards and 10 touchdowns on 57 receptions.
More information will surface on Hollywood in the coming days. However, it would be surprising if he doesn’t step on that field if he’s in any condition to play.