Oklahoma was without two of its most important contributors for the second half of Saturday’s defeat in Lawrence. The latest on Danny Stutsman and Tawee Walker as the Sooners turn their attention to Oklahoma State?
LAWRENCE, Kansas — Oklahoma spent the second half of Saturday’s 38-33 loss to Kansas missing linebacker Danny Stutsman and running back Tawee Walker.
Stutsman delivered the crucial end zone pass deflection to hold the Jayhawks to a field goal just before halftime and was injured on the play when his leg collided with linebacker Dasan McCullough’s. Stutsman left the field under the help of team medical staff and was taken to the injury tent for evaluation.
Though Stutsman jogged to the locker room before halftime, he emerged with his right ankle heavily taped and played only two more snaps.
OU coach Brent Venables offered no update on Stutsman’s status following the game. Sophomore linebacker Kip Lewis (five tackles) replaced him for the final eight defensive series.
“Kip got in and did some great things. We rotated some other guys in there,” Venables said. “I hurt for Danny. He’s a great player. So, I’m sure to some degree there’s an impact (of not having him), but no excuses. We just didn’t do the things that it takes to win a game — a tough, tight game.”
Walker was OU’s most reliable offensive player Saturday until the walkon running back limped to the sideline with a left ankle injury in the third quarter. Walker received attention from the training staff and returned briefly before sitting for the remainder of the game.
“Just felt like I couldn’t make any cuts on it,” Walker said. “It was best to put somebody else in because I wasn’t 100%”
Walker returned from an “in-house” suspension Saturday to power the Sooners’ run game with a career-high 146 yards on 23 touches with a rushing touchdown. Walker indicated postgame that he does not believe his will keep him out long-term.
“It’s alright,” he said. “(I’ll) go in there and get treatment tomorrow and see how I feel after tomorrow.”