The Oklahoma Sooners are going to need all of their best players if they hope to knock off Alabama in the Orange Bowl. Unfortunately, the status of star wide receiver Marquise Brown remains up in the air.
On Wednesday, Oklahoma offensive coordinator Cale Gundy said he was “hopeful” that Brown would be able to play, but would not reveal if he had even practiced yet.
Gundy referred questions about Brown’s practice status to head coach Lincoln Riley.
Brown was carted off in the Big 12 Championship Game against Texas with a foot injury.
Oklahoma offensive coordinator Cale Gundy said he was hopeful receiver Marquise Brown would be able to play against Alabama. When asked if he’s been able to practice, Gundy said Brown is doing well and Lincoln Riley would answer any questions about practice.
— Andrea Adelson (@aadelsonESPN) December 26, 2018
The Sooners would certainly like to have Brown playing at 100-percent this weekend. He has led the Sooners in receiving yards in each of the last two seasons, with two different starting quarterbacks.
In 2017, Brown had 57 receptions for 1,095 yards and seven touchdowns.
This year, he improved on those numbers with 75 receptions for 1,318 yards and 10 touchdowns – all of which led the team in 2018.
Despite a 12-1 record, Oklahoma is a heavy underdog against undefeated Alabama.
ESPN’s FPI prediction gives the Sooners only a 27.1-percent chance of winning the game.