Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops announced two players are no longer part of the team Friday.

Redshirt freshman defensive end Justin Chaisson has decided not to return to school.

“He has withdrawn from class and is going to be home in Vegas,” Stoops said. “He’s a guy who just decided he didn’t want to do it any more.”

Chaisson was a high school All-American at Las Vegas’ Bishop Gorman High School. He arrived in Norman with a troubled past. He was charged with four felonies in the spring of 2009 after an incident with his former girlfriend. Chaisson pleaded down to misdemeanor charges and the Sooners agreed not to rescind their scholarship offer.

He redshirted last season and went through spring practice, but he has not practiced with the team since preseason practice began earlier this month.

The Sooners also will be without kicker Matthew Moreland. He hasn’t practiced this August either due to academic problems.

“It doesn’t look like his academic issue is going to be resolved. He is not going to be with us,” Stoops said.

Feeling Box’s pain

Linebacker Travis Lewis said losing Austin Box to a back injury for three-to-six weeks was a big blow to the defense. He said Box’s back had been bothering him for a while, but didn’t know it was anything serious until after OU’s scrimmage last Saturday.

“He had been saying all along his back hurt, but we have all these aches and pains. We really don’t tell the difference,” Lewis said. “It wasn’t until after the scrimmage that night, where his leg went a little numb, that he thought it was something serious. He was on some ibuprofen and Tylenol until then. He didn’t think it was anything serious until he got the MRI.”

Big praise for Colvin

Freshman defensive back Aaron Colvin wasn’t the most highly decorated recruit in OU’s class last February. But Stoops said the recruiting analysts missed the boat on the Owasso native.

“Whoever was ranking stars on that guy missed it. Missed it by a long shot,” Stoops said. “He is as good a player at any position we’ve recruited here.”

Colvin was a three-star recruit, but the cornerback is moving his way up the depth chart.

Nothing serious

Stoops said linebacker/defensive end Ronnell Lewis missed Thursday’s scrimmage after having a tooth removed. He is expected to return to practice Monday.

Kicking update

It’s unlikely OU will pick a starting kicker until right before the Sept. 4 season opener against Utah State. Friday, Stoops singled out Michael Hunnicutt and Norman North product Bryce Easley for their improvement.

“Bryce Easley has gotten a ton better,” Stoops said.

He didn’t lavish much praised on Patrick O’Hara or Jimmy Stevens.

“Patrick and Jimmy are doing an OK job,” Stoops added.

John Shinn 366-3536 jshinn@normantranscript.com

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