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NORMAN — Brent Venables did not provide a lot in the best way of damage updates Tuesday after his crew was hit with a rash of injuries in final week’s 55-24 loss to TCU.

“Right this moment’s not the day for that,” Venables stated, noting that he did not wish to provide an replace till he was sure which gamers could be accessible for Saturday’s game vs. Texas (11 a.m., ABC).

Quarterback Dillon Gabriel, offensive deal with Wanya Morris, security Damond Harmon, security/kick returner Billy Bowman and extensive receiver Theo Wease have been among the many gamers who have been injured within the loss to the Horned Frogs.

Venables did say that operating again Marcus Main and defensive finish Marcus Stripling, who didn’t journey to Fort Value for final week’s sport, have been out for damage causes.

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Oct 1, 2022; Fort Worth, Texas, USA;  Oklahoma Sooners head coach Brent Venables walks in a line with his team  before the game against the TCU Horned Frogs at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Venables didn’t reply instantly when requested if Davis Beville was the clear choice at quarterback if Gabriel could not go.

“Clearly, he is the primary one which went in final week,” Venables stated. “We’ll have three quarterbacks taking reps this week and see how the week goes.”

Beville, Normal Booty, and Nick Evers are all choices behind Gabriel.

Beville was 7-of-16 passing for 50 yards after approaching within the second quarter after Gabriel took successful whereas sliding. The TCU linebacker who hit Gabriel was ejected for concentrating on.

After the sport, Venables stated Gabriel was in concussion protocol.

Listed here are another issues Venables needed to say at his Tuesday press convention:

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‘Turnovers are a part of the sport’

➤ After forcing six turnovers within the first three video games, OU’s protection hasn’t recorded a takeaway in losses to Kansas State and TCU.

“You have to play effectively to get folks to not be capable of be one-dimensional or comfy and be capable of shield themselves,” Venables stated. “Simply obtained to play effectively. Turnovers are a part of the sport.”

Earlier than being shut out turnover-wise by Kansas State, the Sooners had pressured no less than one turnover in 22 consecutive video games.

OU hasn’t gone greater than two consecutive video games and not using a turnover since going 5 consecutive video games with out one within the 2019 season.

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Brent Venables on OU vs. Texas week

➤ Whereas some gamers have stated the emotion of OU-Texas can serve to assist snap the Sooners out of their current slide, Venables stated that is not how he is approaching it.

“That is my feeling. I do know the emotion, the depth…. If we’re, or I enable that, then I am not doing an excellent job of main,” Venables stated. “That is my focus, to guarantee that the emotion does not paralyze you.”

➤ Venables stays constructive in regards to the prospect for the protection to show issues round after permitting a mixed 1,178 yards over the past two weeks.

“Our need has been there,” Venables stated. “Our self-discipline hasn’t.”

That confidence, Venables stated, stems from the success the Sooners had early within the season and the way they’ve carried out at instances through the losses. He cited the variety of performs final week the place OU held opponents to 3 yards or much less.

“Simply obtained to get them doing it effectively constantly. It is a very irritating factor,” Venables stated. “The work, the purchase in, the will, the hassle, none of it has been good identical to the teaching. … I am annoyed for them as a result of their work hasn’t been rewarded.”

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➤ Venables stated his position within the protection is not growing based mostly on the poor performances, and that his analysis of issues hasn’t modified simply because the Sooners have misplaced consecutive video games.

“You are all the time every thing,” Venables stated.

➤ After Billy Bowman was injured on a kick return, Venables stated he wasn’t going to alter his philosophy on utilizing key gamers on each side of the ball on particular groups.

Venables did not specify how lengthy Bowman would miss however stated, “grateful it is not worse than it has been.”


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