Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops met with the media in Norman, Okla., on Monday and addressed a few personnel issues.
Junior defensive end Ronnell Lewis won’t play in the Insight Bowl because of academics. Stoops doesn’t expect him to play for the Sooners again.
“We have discussed it and I have encouraged him to go on to the NFL,” Stoops said. “I’m all for it. He needs to do that.”
Lewis had 59 tackles and 5½ sacks this season but missed three games with injury.
<PS.FRT7.187><TH>RB SAYS BYE: Stoops also confirmed that freshman running back Brandon Williams, who was expected to miss the Insight Bowl with an injury, as been released from his scholarship.
Williams had 219 yards on 46 carries, playing in eight games.
<PS.FRT7.187><TH>INJURED: Sophomore receiver Jaz Reynolds, who injured his kidney against Oklahoma State in the final game of the season, won’t play in the Insight Bowl.
Reynolds had 41 catches for 715 yards with five touchdowns in nine games.
“He’s still walking gingerly and sore,” Stoops said. “He’s expected to be able to play next year.”
Back-up freshman fullback Aaron Ripkowski also is expected to miss the game.
Stoops said that Roy Finch, Brennan Clay and Trey Millard are all expected to play.
<PS.FRT7.187><TH>BROTHER: Asked about adding his brother Mike Stoops to his staff at Oklahoma, Bob Stoops ruled nothing out.
“I am happy with my staff … but anything can happen,” Stoops said. “We’ll see.”
<PS.FRT7.187><TH>LANDRY TO NFL? Stoops said he didn’t know for sure what junior quarterback Landry Jones was going to do after the Insight Bowl.
“He hasn’t made any decisions,” Stoops said. “That won’t happen until after the bowl game, in all likelihood. I have a decent feel, have to wait and see.”
Jones is 339-for-537 passing for 4,302 yards with 28 touchdowns and 14 interceptions and is expected to be a first-round draft choice if he comes out.
<PS.FRT7.187><TH>PLENTY OF MOTIVATION: One reporter asked Stoops if the team was motivated to win the Insight Bowl. The Sooners started the season the preseason No. 1 and are used to BCS bowls.
“I’m confident,” Stoops said. “Every year we haven’t played in a BCS bowl, some of these other games we played fairly well, right? Why is it any different?
“Still comes down to a sense of pride, attitude about playing, finishing in a positive way.”
The Sooners have been to eight BCS bowls under Stoops, and four non-BCS bowls. Oklahoma is 3-0 so far in those non-BCS bowls.
“Guys prepared well, practiced well, showed up to the game focused and made plays,” Stoops said. “In the end, they made plays that make difference in the game.
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