NORMAN — Anyone expecting Saturday’s Red-White game to be a true preview for next season better lower their expectations. Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops gave an injury report on Tuesday. As many as 11 potential starters will miss the games due to injuries suffered in the spring or offseason surgeries.
Stoops confirmed that Blake Bell’s public debut as a tight end will have to wait until the season opener due to a knee sprain.
Wide receiver Sterling Shepard will be held out with hamstring injury. Nagging ailments will also keep defensive end Rashod Favors (knee), defensive tackle Quincy Russell (ankle), wide receiver Durron Neal (ankle and knee), offensive lineman Nila Kasitati (infection) will all be in street clothes on Saturday.
Safety Julian Wilson (shoulder), defensive tackle Jordan Phillips (back), offensive tackle Tyrus Thompson (ankle), guard Adam Shead (back) and guard Tyler Evans (knee) were all held out of spring drills due to injuries.
“That’s how it goes sometimes,” Stoops said. “Fortunate thing is none of them are operations. They’ll all be OK in three or four weeks. When we start in June with all of our main conditioning and training through the summer, they’ll all be ready to go.”
The scrimmage will be offense vs. defense with some simulated special teams. Stoops admitted OU lacks the bodies to break up into two separate teams for a true game.
“We’ll have some fun with it and go at it,” he said.
The Red-White game kicks off at 2 p.m. Saturday at Owen Field.
Mayfield will play: Quarterback Baker Mayfield can’t play until the 2015 season, but Stoops said he would get some snaps on Saturday.
Mayfield, who started seven games for Texas Tech last season as a walk-on true freshman, is the No. 4 quarterback behind starter Trevor Knight, No. 2 Cody Thomas and freshman Justice Hansen.