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The quest for Curtis Bolton’s first career tackle as a Sooner is going to have to wait just a bit longer before it continues. The 6-0/230 redshirt sophomore played in four games in 2015 but didn’t get his name in the stat book. Now a strained patellar tendon will keep the backup linebacker sidelined for Oklahoma’s season opener against Houston.

Bolton was a 3-star recruit (per Rivals and 247Sports) coming out of Vista Murrieta High School in Murrieta, California. He played against Akron, Kansas State, Texas, and West Virginia last season and was continuing to make a strong push for more time on the field this fall. While his injury is a minor setback, it sounds as if the coaching staff is pleased with his overall progress.

The Sooners will travel to play Houston at NRG Stadium on September 3rd. It’ll be the first time Oklahoma will kickoff the season away from Norman since 2012 when they opened up in El Paso, Texas against UTEP.