TEMPE, AZ - DECEMBER 30: Offensive lineman James Ferentz #53 of the Iowa Hawkeyes prepares to snap the football during the Insight Bowl against the Oklahoma Sooners at Sun Devil Stadium on December 30, 2011 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Oklahoma Football Suspends Fifth Player During Offseason

The Oklahoma Sooners have suspended defensive tackle Stacy McGee, the fifth player to violate team rules this offseason.

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Oklahoma Football Suspends DT Stacy McGee Indefinitely

It has been a tough offseason for the Oklahoma Sooners and it got even tougher on Friday when Stacy McGee was suspended indefinitely. The defensive tackle violated university policy, not team policy, and will be out until head coach Bob Stoops and the university say otherwise.

Four players were suspended indefinitely earlier this summer for a violation of team rules and later on, one of those four (Kameel Jackson) was dismissed from the team. Now McGee makes it five Sooners to be suspended this offseason.

McGee was expected to start at tackle this season and take on more responsibility up front as a senior. Last year, McGee had 22 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks.

Now that McGee is out, David King will have to move from defensive end to defensive tackle. McGee's absence, as well as the slew of problems that Oklahoma has had this offseason will certainly raise some questions about a team that is ranked in the top five in the preseason polls.

For more on OU football, visit Oklahoma blog Crimson And Cream Machine.


Kameel Jackson Dismissed By Oklahoma

The depleted Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver corps took another blow Saturday when head coach Bob Stoops announced sophomore wide receiver Kameel Jackson was dismissed from the team.

The dismissal marks the end of a tumultuous offseason for Jackson and the Sooners. Jackson was one of four players suspended indefinitely in May for a violation of team rules. On Twitter, Jackson said the suspension was due to his, "failure to meet my class attendance policy."

Following the suspension Jackson announced he was planning to transfer to Texas A&M although he later decided to stay at Oklahoma. Earlier this week, Stoops said he would review Jackson's suspension now that the receiver completed summer classes.

Jackson caught 12 passes for 165 yards during his freshman season. His dismissal is another blow for the Sooners wide receivers group which already lost incoming receiver Courtney Gardner last week.

For more on OU football, visit Oklahoma blog Crimson And Cream Machine.


Penn State Football: Justin Brown Could Make Oklahoma Decision Soon

Penn State's already lost eight players and two committed recruits to other schools due to the NCAA's heavy sanctions, and could lose another at some point this weekend. Top returning receiver Justin Brown met with PSU coach Bill O'Brien twice in the past two days while trying to decide whether to transfer to Oklahoma, and will have to make up his mind very soon as to whether he's staying or going:

Brown said he doesn't have a timetable for a decision, but in all likelihood, he'll make a decision sooner rather than later; Oklahoma begins fall practices Friday morning, and Penn State starts Monday. Current Penn State players were given the option to transfer to another Football Bowl Subdivision school without having to sit out the usual one year.

"I'm not close to a decision," Brown said in a brief telephone interview.

Earlier in the week, Brown described the OU contact as light, but obviously urgency is ramping up here.

Brown, a senior and former four-star recruit, stands 6'3 and 209 pounds, ranking second on PSU's receiving list last year with 35 catches for 517 yards. He would solve the experience problem for Oklahoma, whose receiving corps has been rocked by all manner of affliction, having played in 36 career games.

He's a player Penn State especially can't afford to lose, as its next best returning receiver is fullback Michael Zordich.

For more on OU football, visit Oklahoma blog Crimson And Cream Machine.


Jalen Saunders Could Mend Major Problem For Oklahoma

It's unclear exactly why Fresno State transfer Jalen Saunders might be able to play in 2012 for Oklahoma instead of sitting out a year, but Bob Stoops has every reason to hope with all his might that the speedy deep threat can line up for the Sooners immediately.

With multiple receivers among the several who lost scholarships after that bout of suspensions earlier in the summer, only Kenny Stills and freshman Trey Metoyer inspire any serious confidence ... otherwise, it's pretty much just freshmen who aren't Trey Metoyer. Still, they're all highly talented, but Metoyer has a little bit of an age advantage and had a monstrous spring.

Saunders, meanwhile, posted 1,156 yards from scrimmage and 14 touchdowns as a sophomore, including a ridiculous 21.3 yards-per-catch average. That's second in the country to only Stephen Hill. The only catch: He doesn't want to play in the slot, despite being small. That's why he's leaving Fresno, in fact. OU definitely can't be choosy there.

For more on OU football, visit Oklahoma blog Crimson And Cream Machine.

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Kameel Jackson Sticking With Oklahoma, Has Had A Busy Summer

Two weeks ago, Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Kameel Jackson announced he planned to transfer to Texas A&M -- though the Aggies had reportedly heard nothing of such a move. Last week, OU suspended Jackson along with three teammates, leaving the Sooners' wide receiver depth chart in a tight spot.

And Thursday, Jackson announced he's staying and explained why he was suspended (via Land Thieves):

Decided to stay at OU. & w/ that being said, its time to silence all rumors.

My suspensions came from my failure to meet my class attendance policy. Nothing more; nothing less.

Jackson played in 11 games as a true freshman, starting two, and caught 12 passes for 165 yards. He was contending for a starting spot as a sophomore, but he was passed on the depth chart by spring phenom Trey Metoyer. Jackson did not play in the spring game, which preceded rumors regarding his homesickness. (He's from Arlington, Texas.)

For more on OU football, visit Oklahoma blog Crimson And Cream Machine.

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