OU football: Lincoln Riley says Austin Stogner is 'fine' after injury in Sooners' win vs. Kansas
While OU quarterback Spencer Rattler returned Saturday after taking a shot to his hip on a second-quarter touchdown in a 62-9 win over Kansas, tight end Austin Stogner didn’t return after being banged up on a reception later in the same quarter.
Stogner flipped over on a hit by safety Ricky Thomas — the same player whose hit hurt Rattler — and came down hard.
On his coach’s show Sunday, Riley compared the low hit to a cheap shot and said the NCAA should look at plays like the one that Stogner was injured on.
Monday, Riley said both Stogner and Rattler would be able to play in Bedlam on Nov. 21 in Norman.
“If we played this week, they’d both be fine,” Riley said. “We’ll use it to our advantage, but it wouldn’t be a determining factor on them playing or not.”
Riley also gave an update on H-back Brayden Willis.
Willis has played just one game this season — the Sept. 26 game against Kansas State and had two catches for 23 yards in that game.
“Brayden’s doing well,” Riley said. “I think he’s really, really close. So we’ll see how he develops here and how he continues to respond to treatment and all that here over the next several days.”
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Riley pleased with Rattler’s play
After Saturday’s game, Riley was just so-so on Rattler’s play.
“I thought he played OK,” Riley said then.
Monday, Riley was higher on Rattler’s performance (15-of-27 passing for 212 yards and one touchdown).
“Probably played a little bit better the other day than I thought leaving the game after watching the tape,” Riley said.
Rattler leads the Big 12 and is No. 8 nationally with 2,018 passing yards. Rattler is tied for No. 7 nationally and second in the Big 12 with 18 touchdown passes.
“He’s progressing nicely,” Riley said. “Each week is still a challenge and always will be. New situations come up every week, but he’s still making a lot of plays and seeing the things that he needs to see and I think doing a good job of leading our group.”
Saturday’s blowout gave the Sooners’ coaching staff more of a chance to take a look at young players, including freshmen linebacker Brynden Walker and Shane Whitter.
Both players saw playing time from relatively early in the game. Whitter finished with five tackles — though two of those came on special teams.
Walker, a former Bishop McGuinness standout, had his first career sack in the second quarter, teaming up with Jordan Kelley for the third of what wound up being nine sacks of Jayhawks quarterback Jalon Daniels.
“Brynden is a guy that has really flashed in a lot of ways in practice,” defensive coordinator Alex Grinch said.
Grinch said the balance was difficult in playing a player like Walker when that meant taking out Nik Bonitto or Jon-Michael Terry, who have played well from the rush linebacker spot.
“Some of it, just to force feed ’em, we’ve got to do that,” Grinch said. “We’ve got to keep pushing the envelope in terms of keeping those young guys in our program, because they’re never gonna be ready if we don’t continue to get them ready.”
Whitter’s biggest play came on a fourth-down stop of Daniels in the second quarter.
“Quite frankly, that’s not a play we practiced,” Grinch said. “Defensively it was but we didn’t anticipate speed option. He’s the backside backer and, oh by the way, he just runs over there and puts a lick on him.
“Part of the message to all those guys — you practice the right way and we’ll put you on the field.”
With all the offensive success under Bob Stoops and now Riley, it’s not very often OU’s offense does something positive that it hasn’t done in the last 22 seasons.
But the Sooners did that last week, scoring six rushing touchdowns for the second consecutive game.
The Sooners hadn’t scored that many touchdowns in consecutive games since 1987 — when Barry Switzer was still coaching the Sooners. That year, OU scored seven against Tulsa and six against Iowa State.