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Oklahoma Football Practice Report: Comments On Kick Returners

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It looks like their may be an open competition in Oklahoma's camp to return kickoffs, after DeMarco Murray gets tired. If you look at what running backs coach, Cale Gundy, had to say about OU's return game there are plenty of good options that both include and exclude Murray.

"We'll give him an opportunity to return some kicks," said running backs coach Cale Gundy. "It's situations I see and coach (Bob) Stoops sees. The first kick of the game, he's fresh, let him go. Maybe he starts to get a little tired, so we put somebody else in there." - On DeMarco Murray returning kicks

Then there's Mossis Madu who was Oklahoma's top returner last season (21.4 yards per return) but you gotta believe that he's facing some sort of suspension for his recent DUI charge. So who does that leave as next in line? How about another member of the stellar freshman class.

"He's a fast dude, but he hasn't taken those licks," Gundy said. "We were watching kickoff returns (Sunday), and I was like, 'Holy cow, who is that guy?' They said, 'Coach, he was the fastest kid in Texas.' We're trying to see how quickly we believe (the freshmen) can handle it in a big-time game." - On freshman Trey Franks returning kickoffs

The Sooners practiced in pads on Monday which means hitting. Much has already been made of Ronnell Lewis "hammering" freshman Roy Finch but here's Gundy's take.

"I was doing some other stuff so I asked them, 'Did he hold on to the ball?' They said, 'Yep.' I said, 'Good.'"

It's looking more and more like there's the possibility that Justin Chaisson won't return to the team. This is particularly disheartening to Texas fans who will lose their automatic response whenever one of their players drives a car through the wall of someone's home.

"He's working through some personal issues," OU coach Bob Stoops said after practice Monday. "He's not with the team right now. We'll make a decision here in a week or two whether he'll rejoin or not."

Hey, John Blake is back in the news.