dont lose any sleep over ou defensive end auston english losing any practice time between now and the sooners' opener against chattanooga. defensive end ranks up there with running back and receivers as the deepest, talented positions on the squad.
english is supposed to be back for the kickoff. but even if he's still taking it easy by then, the sooners won't lack for productive bodies to plug in.
start with alan davis and jeremy beal, who really responded last season when english went down with the bone fracture. john williams is coming off achilles tendon and for that reason alone is an unknown factor right now, but he can play as he showed iln 2007. and in keeping with the reloading philosophy ou continually shows, redshirts frank alexander and jonte bumpas move up to the active roster. plus true freshmen R.J. Washington and David King will be given an august look. star-telegram staffers who saw washington play at keller fossil-ridge say he will be the next major star at a position that has a long history of being superlatively productive.
of course dont discount the high-rev motor that drives the hardnosed english. he knows there is a lot of depth behind him. an appendectomy does not affect your hearing.--Mike Jones.