NORMAN, Okla. — The No. 5 Sooners returned some key players in their 59-56 victory at West Virginia, as running back Trey Sermon and nose guard Neville Gallimore made it back into the lineup. And it at least seems as if they came out of that contest healthy as they prepare for this weekend’s Big 12 Championship.
“I don’t think that we had anything the other night that would keep somebody that played in that game from playing in this game this week,” said head coach Lincoln Riley. “But at the same time I don’t expect to have anybody back that wasn’t available against West Virginia.”
More of the good news included electric wide out Marquise Brown’s return to full health. Though playing through it, Hollywood hasn’t shown the flash he did against the Mountaineers in quite some time
“Yeah, it’s helped because really it’s the first time probably since the Baylor game that he’s been healthy,” Riley said. “He got a little nicked up. I guess it was Texas. He got a little bit nicked up in practice that week, wasn’t full speed in the Texas game, got a little bit better through the bye and then got nicked up in the TCU game. So it’s kind of been a [process]. He hasn’t been 100 percent in a while.
“So I thought he was as fast and as explosive the other night as he’s been since Baylor. And no, he’s tough to handle out there. I mean, one-on-one he’s a tough matchup. No matter how good you are on the perimeter, he’s making plays.
“And then, like I said, I’ve been really proud of how he’s progressed as a runner. He’s always made plays down the field for us, but coming out of that tackle like he did on the sideline there the other night on the crossing route [was impressive]. He did the same thing here against Oklahoma State a few weeks ago. When a guy can make plays down the field, but also turn those short ones into big ones like that, that makes him that much more dangerous.”
Now, with the league title game less than a day away, OUInsider.com provides the latest on the rest of the injury front as the Sooners take on the 14th-ranked Texas Longhorns at 11 a.m. CT Saturday inside AT&T Stadium.
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