|Stoops expects Granger back with Sooners, but foresees more discipline|
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|Friday, 04 January 2008 09:52|
``I expect him back,'' Stoops said. ``We'll see what else we do with him. I'm sure there'll be some other disciplinary action.''
Granger, who had started 11 games this season for No. 3 Oklahoma, had recorded 35 tackles to tie for the most among the Sooners' defensive linemen heading into the Fiesta Bowl. He also had 3 1/2 sacks among his 8 1/2 tackles for a loss this season.
The sophomore was suspended after he was arrested Saturday. Police said the 21-year-old Granger admitted trying to steal a jacket from a Burlington Coat Factory store in Tempe, Ariz.
Without Granger and two starters in the secondary, Oklahoma's defense allowed 349 yards rushing to West Virginia in a 48-28 loss. It was the most yards rushing ever allowed by Oklahoma in a bowl game and the most given up by a Stoops-coached Sooners team.
``I think that's highly overstating his importance,'' Stoops said of Granger's absence after the Fiesta Bowl. ``No, that's not the deal. There was a lot of missed tackles, a lot of guys not being in position, discipline containing the ball, just different issues and different occasions. Rarely was it up inside, I'll say that.''