OU football: Sooner safeties get reacclimatized in first preseason practice

Oklahoma safety Chanse Sylvie, warming up before the 2018 season opener, is healthy as he's been in some time, OU coach Lincoln Riley said Saturday. (Kyle Phillips / The Transcript)

NORMAN — Oklahoma nickelback Chanse Sylvie’s arrest on outstanding municipal warrants Monday was his second such incident in sixth months, police records show.

OU coach Lincoln Riley said Sylvie won't face a suspension with the Sooners hosting South Dakota (6 p.m. Saturday) this week and traveling to UCLA the next. 

“No," Riley said, "he got a speeding ticket. He should’ve paid it sooner. I wish he would have paid it sooner. I might make him go get me some water or something at the end of the day.”

Riley addressed the situation with Sylvie internally. 

"I mean, this one is about education," Riley said, "not letting a little thing turn into a big thing, and educating them on, 'Yeah, even though you didn’t go commit some egregious crime, you need to handle it like a responsible citizen, and that's our expectation for you and needs to be your expectation for yourself.' We address it, educate them and move on."

Sylvie was pulled over at 2:40 a.m. Monday in the 3000 block of Classen Boulevard when Norman Police discovered his outstanding warrants, according to the arrest report. He was taken into custody and transported to Cleveland County Jail without incident.

On April 28 during a traffic stop, Sylvie was arrested for three municipal warrants and taken to the police department where he posted bond, according to police records.

The OU Daily first reported Sylvie’s arrests. 

Sylvie, 21, is listed as the Sooners’ co-starter at nickel. He missed most of last season due to a torn Achilles’ heel but returned for the Orange Bowl and recorded one tackle in last week’s season opener against Houston.

A redshirt junior, Sylvie played behind Brendan Radley-Hiles against the Cougars but still factors heavily into OU’s depth due to defensive back Tre Norwood’s season-ending knee injury in the preseason.

Defensive coordinator Alex Grinch said Tuesday that Radley-Hiles and Sylvie are still competing for the starting job. 

• Faamatau, Major game-time decisions: Defensive tackle Dillon Faamatau and running back Marcus Major's statuses are still up in the air ahead of Saturday's game against South Dakota. 

Neither played in the opener due to undisclosed injury. Faamatau is a redshirt senior expected to rotate consistently on the defensive line. Major, a freshman from Oklahoma City, has yet to make his debut. 

"We'll see. They're progressing well," Riley said. "No setbacks, anything like that. So we'll see how they go here through the week."

• Perkins OK: OU defensive lineman Ronnie Perkins' cryptic tweet Wednesday had some fans wondering if he was injured. Wednesday morning, he wrote "Thankful for my teammates and the whole OU family in the afternoon. 

Riley said Perkins is working through a "family situation" but doing well. 

"He's just appreciative of the support here," he said. 

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