|Sooners DT Granger sent home from Fiesta Bowl for disciplinary reasons|
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|Monday, 31 December 2007 08:16|
Granger, a starter, was arrested Saturday in Tempe after he tried to steal a jacket from the Burlington Coat Factory inside Arizona Mills Mall, Tempe police reported.
``Mr. Granger removed an anti-theft device from a jacket and then concealed the jacket in a bag. He exited the store walking past the cash registers without paying for the jacket,'' Mike Horn, a spokesman for the Tempe Police Department, said in a statement.
The 21-year-old Granger admitted committing the offense and was booked into the Tempe City Jail on one count of shoplifting, Horn said. He later bonded out of jail.
A 307-pound run stuffer, Granger had recorded 35 tackles to tie for the most among the Sooners' defensive linemen. He also had 3 1/2 sacks among his 8 1/2 tackles for loss this season.
``DeMarcus Granger was sent home yesterday, will not play and we'll deal with the situation when we get back,'' Sooners coach Bob Stoops said Monday during a media day at University of Phoenix Stadium. ``If there's anything further, we'll see.''
Granger had started 11 of 13 games for this season, but No. 3 Oklahoma (11-2) does have some experienced depth at the position to help fill in against the potent rushing attack of No. 11 West Virginia (10-2) on Wednesday.
``We just go with the other guys. Gerald McCoy, Steven Coleman, Cory Bennett, those guys have all been solid. Adrian Taylor will get more snaps,'' Stoops said. ``All of those guys have played through the season for us, so it doesn't change anything we're doing.''
Granger came to Oklahoma as a highly rated recruit from Dallas before redshirting in 2005. He played as a reserve last season, but emerged from fall camp as the starter alongside McCoy.
``It's a big loss. He's a key to stopping things up front,'' said defensive end Auston English, who led the Big 12 with 9 1/2 sacks this season. ``He's a great motivator for us. He makes big plays up the middle. His presence out there, somebody will have to step up and make up for it.''
With a pair of 1,000-yard rushers in quarterback Pat White and running back Steve Slaton leading the way, West Virginia has the No. 4 run game in the country with a 293-yard average. Granger could have been a key to slowing the Mountaineers.
``They have a great run game. They're quick, they're fast, but it's nothing that we haven't seen before,'' McCoy said. ``We're just going to go out there, play our game, keep our same game plan.
``Penetration is the key to all the run game, and we've been emphasizing being great tacklers this week because the guys are slippery and they're fast.''