How Healthy are the Sooners?

Jon Cooper

Heading in to the biggest game of the year there have been some questions surrounding the health of some of the top players, and there have been a lot of guesses about their status, but Bob Stoops expects that his guys will be ready to go…

I can guarantee you one thing. No player on the Oklahoma football roster wants to miss playing in the Red River Rivalry.

Especially guys like Gerald McCoy, Jon Cooper, and Trent Williams, who have all asserted themselves in one or another as team leaders.

DeMarcus Granger is another player that wants to strap the pads back on after missing out on the past few games after he suffered a foot injury in the Washington game.

Bob Stoops said on Monday evening that he expects that all of his players should be good to go, and he re-affirmed those same thoughts during his press luncheon news conference on Tuesday.

"I talked about it last night (Monday), so this will be the last time I deal with it," Stoops said sternly. "Right now, we expect everyone to be able to play. To what degree will be determined on Saturday. And, I will say this, if at any point in the week we determine someone can't play on Saturday, I'll announce it."

McCoy, who has been having a big year at defensive tackle, has been nicked up in two consecutive games. He hurt his back against TCU, and then it was his foot or ankle against Baylor, but he maintains that he will be out there stuffing the middle against the Longhorns.

"I am good to go," McCoy stated. "I am always good to go."

"It is going to be task for us up front this week."

While his line mate's status (Granger) is a little less certain there is still a good chance he could play, and according to fellow defensive tackle Adrian Taylor he was at least out there practicing a little.

"They couldn't have picked a better week to come back," Taylor revealed with a laugh. "If I am going to be going in to a battle. I would rather have some people besides me that I can trust."

"I feel like when we are together it is an unstoppable force."

Jon Cooper and Trent Williams could be categorized as the team leaders along the offensive line in 2008, and Cooper has been amazing at controlling things up front, and he would be sorely missed if he can not go.

Offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson says that there are a couple of other solid options at center.

"Jason (Hannan) came in and did great the other day," Wilson explained. "Jon (Cooper) practiced yesterday. We expect him to go, but we will see. Whether he can or can't the next guy needs to be ready to go and that's Jason. We got Brandon Walker ready to roll as well."

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