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November 26, 2013

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Stills also Tweeted Monday that OU’s coaching staff was trying to diminish Williams’ draft stock.

“Never seen a staff put so much effort into trying to sabotage people’s careers,” he Tweeted.

Tuesday he deleted the Tweet and sent out this one.

“I apologize for using Twitter to vent yesterday,” Stills Tweeted Tuesday night. “A lot gets lost in translation when you communicate 140 characters at a time. I love OU and our fans and the last thing I want to be is a distraction to the team. Especially as they prepare for OkState. As always, appreciate you guys.”

Ford returns to practice: OU offensive coordinator said freshman running back Keith Ford has returned to practice this week. The freshman, who has averaged 5.9 yards per carry, suffered an ankle injury in the Baylor game and has not played in the last two games.

His return gives OU a three-back rotation with Ford joining seniors Brennan Clay and Roy Finch as potential ball carriers for the Oklahoma State game.

Wanna get away? OU will practice today and then take a four-day break for Thanksgiving. Quarterback Trevor Knight is looking forward to the break.

“I think it’ll be nice to get away from it for a few days, eat some turkey and spend time with family,” he said. “I haven’t been home in quite a while. Once we get back it will be a regular game week and we’re gonna hit it strong.”

Shepard’s value: One boost the offense received against Kansas State was the return of sophomore receiver Sterling Shepard. He caught a 12-yard touchdown pass on the game’s opening drive. It was his first catch since suffering a concussion against Baylor Nov. 7. Heupel said Shepard’s value extends beyond the passing game.

“You lose Sterling, you have to shuffle your pieces of the puzzle around more than you want to. Having him back was a big help for us,” he said. “Just his consistency, his ability to make plays inside, the way he competes in the run game, it changes a 5-yard run into at 10, 15, bigger than that a lot.”

John Shinn

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jshinn@normantranscript.com

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