OU football: Oklahoma left guard Marquis Hayes returns to practice

Oklahoma offensive lineman Marquis Hayes goes through warmups during a fall camp practice at OU's rugby fields on Aug. 5 in Norman. (Joe Buettner / The Transcript)

Oklahoma left guard Marquis Hayes is practicing after an undisclosed injury kept him out of last week’s game against South Dakota.

Hayes, who became the frontrunner for a starting spot last spring, was on the field Tuesday, offensive line coach and co-offensive coordinator Bill Bedenbaugh said after practice.

His status for Saturday’s game at UCLA (7 p.m., FOX) is up in the air.

“He was fine today,” Bedenbaugh said. “As long as he progressed, he'll be fine.”

That’s about all the good news Bedenbaugh had to share. Two nights removed from OU’s last outing he remained upset over how his group played.

Left tackle Erik Swenson was called for two holding penalties and left guard R.J. Proctor was flagged for another.

“We have to do it better,” Bedenbaugh said. “We're capable of being really, really good. But it's got to be important. You have to do it every day. We didn't do that last week. It showed up.”

Asked if this week’s practices have been harder for players as a result, Bedenbaugh blurted: “Ask them.”

Right guard Tyrese Robinson said the coaching has remained the same.

“But us, individually, we have to be better,” he said.

Bedenbaugh has seen some improvement as the Sooners approach midweek.

“We had a good meeting on Monday. We'll see. They practiced good on Monday. They practiced good today. Hopefully it transfers tomorrow to the next day and then to the game,” Bedenbaugh said. “There's a standard of how you play around here. That's not how you play. I have to do a better job of getting them motivated to play. And they have to play better.”

• Jackson out: Clemson transfer Austin Jackson’s brief time with OU ended Tuesday when he announced his retirement from football.

Jackson, a safety, arrived in Norman suddenly as a graduate transfer around mid-August after appearing in four games for the Tigers.

“Today I announce my retirement from football,” he tweeted Tuesday. “Came to decision through thought & prayer. Thanks Coach [Lincoln] Riley & [Alex] Grinch for allowing me on the field one last time. I’ve been blessed to meet some amazing people & play for great coaches as well.”

Jackson didn’t appear in any games with the Sooners. He made 32 tackles in nine games at East Tennessee State before joining Clemson.

• Hurts near perfect: OU quarterback Jalen Hurts is No. 1 nationally in passing efficiency through two games.

He’s also had a perfect 158.3 clean passer rating when kept free from pressure, according to Pro Football Focus.

That might be one answer to how Hurts has been so good thus far. Riley was asked how long his QB can keep this up.

"Seems like the same question, different year,” Riley said. “The stats don't always reflect everything, but they do tell some. And we expect him to continue to play well. I know he does. I know he can continue to improve. Might he have some games that he plays better but maybe doesn't have the same exact stats he's had week one and week two? I think that's very possible, but we got high expectations for him in our offense and we've done somethings the first couple weeks. I would say why can it not, ya know?"

• This, that: The Houston Texas released former OU cornerback Aaron Colvin, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, who reported Colvin is still due $7.5 million of the $18 million he was given as a free agent. … OU’s Sept. 28 home game against Texas Tech, which will follow Week 4 bye, has been sold out, according to OU.

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