Oklahoma defensive player Stacy McGee cleared to return
BY ERIC BAILEY World Sports Writer
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
10/23/12 at 5:40 AM
NORMAN - Oklahoma's Casey Walker was excited to hear news that teammate Stacy McGee had been reinstated for Saturday's game against Notre Dame.
"It's good," Walker said of his fellow senior defensive lineman. "I'm excited for him. It's one of those things where it's a long time coming. We have to go out with a bang together. We came in together and we have to leave together."
McGee's return was announced by coach Bob Stoops during his Monday news conference.
McGee, a Muskogee High School graduate, missed the Sooners' first six games after being indefinitely suspended on Aug. 17 for breaking university policy.
McGee, who also missed the 2011 opener against Tulsa for breaking team rules, is expected to boost the defense's interior. McGee had three starts and finished with 22 tackles and 1 1/2 sacks in 12 games last season.
McGee adds to a defensive line that started the season shuffling its lineup after missing McGee and losing Walker (personal reasons) for two games.
"(The defensive line is) playing great," Stoops said. "All the guys up front are. I felt that coming into the year. No one in the media wanted to believe it because Gerald McCoy wasn't there.
"They are all good football players and they all have experience. To me, that matters too."
Jamarkus McFarland (17 tackles, four TFLs, two sacks), David King (13 tackles, one sack) and Walker (11 tackles) are the leading tacklers on the defensive line. Jordan Phillips has added depth to the team.
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