OU Notebook: Kasatati out for season
BY ERIC BAILEY World Sports Writer
Tuesday, October 09, 2012
10/09/12 at 4:55 AM
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Oklahoma reserve offensive lineman Nila Kasatati has been lost for the season, OU coach Bob Stoops confirmed following Monday's practice.
The backup left guard left in the fourth quarter of Saturday's 41-20 victory at Texas Tech.
"Nila is getting his MRI today, but it sounds like he's torn his anterior cruciate ligament," Stoops said earlier in the day. "It's what we're expecting to hear, unfortunately. I feel bad for Nila. He's really been coming on, and it's just unfortunate. It makes us more thin in there."
OU had lost starters Ben Habern (center) and Tyler Evans (right guard) to season-ending injuries in August. Kasatati, a redshirt freshman, played in all four games this season behind Adam Shead.
No McGee: Stoops was asked about the suspension status of defensive tackle Stacy McGee. The coach answered by saying there's no update and he'll let everyone know when anything changes.
McGee was suspended from games during fall camp. Jamarkus McFarland, David King and Casey Walker (who missed the first two contests for personal reasons) have started at defensive tackle. Freshman Jordan Phillips is also getting playing time.
Mack speaks: Texas coach Mack Brown expects a "great matchup" when the Sooners play the Horns in Saturday's 11 a.m. game in Dallas.
"We're both coming into this with a (Big 12 Conference) loss," Brown said during his Monday news conference. "I think in my estimation we could see a conference champion with one or maybe two losses this year the way this league is, because there's so much parity in the league.
"So this game is really important - not just that it's the OU game, but that it matters in your league play and league championship play."
Athletic pick: Aaron Colvin had a highlight-reel interception against Texas Tech. The junior cornerback from Owasso blitzed Texas Tech quarterback Seth Doege, snagging a pass just a few yards after the release.
"He just made a great play," Doege said on Monday. "I threw it hard, too. He just jumped up and snagged it. I just don't know how else to explain it."
It was the first interception of Colvin's career.
"I was surprised," Colvin said about the way his interception came. "I expected the first to be me reading a route. I don't know. I wasn't really expecting that. I'm glad I got it."
Game time set: The Big 12 Conference announced on Monday that Oklahoma's Oct. 20 home game against Kansas will kickoff at 6 p.m.
The game will be broadcast by FSN.
The Sooners will be looking to erase an ugly trend against the Jayhawks. OU has lost four consecutive league games played under the lights dating back to last season.