NORMAN — The biggest news for Oklahoma on Saturday didn’t come out of Media Day; it came out of Pennsylvania. ESPN was the first to report and a source close to the OU Football program confirmed Saturday night that Penn State senior wide receiver Justin Brown has decided to transfer to OU and will arrive in Norman on Monday.
Brown, who had 35 catches for 517 yards and caught two touchdown passes last season, will be eligible to play immediately.
The Sooners have been looking for help at the receiver spots with junior Kenny Stills being the only player on the roster expected to play in the season opener who has caught a pass in a major college game. Jaz Reynolds and Trey Franks are back on the roster, but are expected to be suspended for multiple games this season.
Back on the field: In early May, OU offensive lineman Austin Woods was diagnosed with stage III Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He has since undergone chemotherapy. Stoops said on Saturday that Woods has been practicing with the team and is expected to continue as OU’s long-snapper on field goal and extra point attempts.
“Austin has done a tremendous job fighting through all of his chemo treatments, his cancer treatments,” Stoops said. “He continues to be out there every day enthusiastic. It’s remarkable to watch him. We’re excited that Austin has been able to work through all of this and continue to play.”
Jackson is out: OU coach Bob Stoops announced on Saturday that sophomore wide receiver Kameel Jackson is no longer with the team.
“Kameel won’t be back. He won’t be reinstated. You might tweet that, too,” he said.
Jackson, along with wide receivers Jaz Reynolds, Trey Franks and defensive back Quentin Hayes, were taken off scholarship in June. Last week Stoops said Reynolds, Franks and Hayes had been reinstated to the team, but still face “multiple-game suspensions.” Jackson’s status was supposed to be reviewed at the end of the summer semester.
Curb the enthusiasm: Since Mike Stoops has returned as defensive coordinator, OU fans have been buzzing about the potential of the defense. Bob Stoops is pleased to have his younger brother back on his staff, but said there’s only so much a coach can do.
“Mike hasn’t made a play in a long time. He’s way too old to be out there making plays,” Bob Stoops said. “Ultimately the players still have to be the ones that put themselves in position to make plays. But I’m encouraged in the way Mike continues to work with our staff, the direction he gives our players on the field. I believe that will make a difference.”
Like Peterson?: Bob Stoops has been cautious over the last five years comparing any players to Adrian Peterson. He did, however, say freshman wide receiver Trey Metoyer did possess some similar characteristics to the former Sooner running back.
“He reminds me of, and I want to make this comparison the right way, of a little bit like Adrian was in that he can’t wait to come to practice. He can’t wait to work out. He can’t work to get in the locker room, put his stuff on and go play. He’s one of those guys that just loves to play,” Stoops said. “That’s what you love, and it shows in the way he competes.”
Mr. Versatility: Junior defensive back Aaron Colvin is back on the practice field after missing spring practice due to a shoulder injury. The first two practices were Mike Stoops’ first opportunity to see Colvin in action and the defensive coordinator likes what he’s seen.
“He’s versatile. He could play any of the five positions. He’s probably the only guy … he’s one of them who could play all five positions and play them at a very high level,” Stoops said.
Colvin will make the move to cornerback this season after playing the free safety spot last year.”
Attention getting-garb: The Internet went wild over the summer when a photo of Stills in purple dress started circulating. Stills said he didn’t have a problem with the stir it caused.
“I gained more Twitter followers, I don’t know,” he said. “I mean, there was nothing negative with it. My parents texted me. My dad’s like, ‘Hey, you could have been doing something worse.’ My mom said, ‘You’re a character.’ She laughed at it. It’s nothing out of the ordinary for me. I feel like if I’m comfortable with what I’m doing, it wasn’t anything crazy. I was just in a dress for two seconds. I feel like everybody here has taken a funny picture before.”
Stills (@KSTILLS4) currently has more than 31,000 Twitter followers.