The Oklahoma Sooners are preparing for a matchup with the Iowa State Cyclones on Saturday. Using the off week in an effort to address any shortcomings, the program hopes for a return of a stubborn defense. In addition, the idle time allows those nursing injuries to progress toward a healthy state. Despite the time off, there are still a few players who remain unavailable.
Noticeably absent from the field of play, Grant Calcaterra last appeared on October 5th against the Kansas Jayhawks. Moving forward, Lincoln Riley remains optimistic about the future of the junior tight end despite an undisclosed injury. During Monday’s press conference, the coach said it’s a “wait and see” pattern for Calcaterra this weekend.
Lumped into the same statement, Delarrian Turner-Yell finds himself facing the same situation. Due to an undisclosed injury, the safety sits on the questionable list for Saturday. Recording 47 tackles alongside two tackles for loss and a pass breakup, Turner-Yell appeared to be a bright spot for this defense.
Joining the ranks of those that are questionable for Saturday with undisclosed injury, A.D. Miller is the most recent to etch his name on the list. An experienced and big receiver, Miller has not had the impact many hoped the wideout would have on the year.
Turning in a bit of good news, Riley also highlighted the status of Caleb Kelly and Jordan Kelley. Suffering ACL injuries before the beginning of the season, many questioned if the duo would return this season. Fortunately, both received a bill of clean health and have returned to practice. Yet, it’s noted that being cleared and being ready to play are two separate questions that must be answered individually of one another.
While Kelly and Kelley are available for Saturday, it’s unlikely either will be used within the starting lineup unless it’s absolutely necessary. Instead look for the coaching staff to utilize four games and exercise the redshirt rule for Kelly.