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December 2, 2010

OU notepad: Murray has more practice time

NORMAN — Oklahoma players and coaches were not available to the media Wednesday, but an update was given on OU running back DeMarco Murray.

OU coach Bob Stoops said Murray was able to go through more of practice Wednesday than he did Tuesday, but no decision has been made on Murray’s status for Saturday’s Big 12 championship game against Nebraska.

Murray suffered an injury to his left knee early in the fourth quarter of last Saturday’s 47-41 victory over Oklahoma State.

If Murray cannot play, it will mean in four full seasons at OU he was only able to play the opening kickoff in three Sooner appearances in the Big 12 title game.

Murray was injured late in the regular season in 2007, and suffered an injury on the opening kickoff in the 2008 game.

Off the field work recognized

OU safety Quinton Carter is one of five finalists for the Seventh Annual Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup, an award given for the most outstanding role model among college athletes. 

Carter, who was named to the American Football Coaches Association team earlier this week, also was named to the AFCA’s 11-member Good Works Team for his extensive community service.

Carter is the fourth OU athlete to be named a finalist for the award. Jackie Dubois (Miller), a Sooner cross country runner, won the honor in 2006, the same year the football player Jacob Gutierrez was a finalist. Football player Carl Pendleton was a finalist the following year.

In jest

Tuesday, OU safety/linebacker Tony Jefferson was named the Big 12’s defensive freshman of the year by the conference coaches.

OU defensive coordinator Brent Venables had some fun with the freshman when he found out about it.

“Overrated, I told him that. Somebody got robbed,” Venables joked.

Jefferson has started nine of OU’s 12 games and it is based on what kind of offensive personnel is on the field.

His 60 tackles rank sixth on the team and Venables believes Jefferson is going to get a lot better.

“He’s not anywhere close to the player he’s going to be. Explosive, got a great feel for the game, gives you great range outside. He’s just learning to play. He’s just scratching the surface of what he’s capable of being.”

John Shinn 366-3536 jshinn@normantranscript.com

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