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Stoops discusses Bradford's shoulder injury

Tuesday, September 8, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CDT; updated 10:00 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, September 8, 2009

COLUMBIA –It was easy to hear the disappointment and concern in Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops' voice during Monday's Big 12 coaches teleconference.

The Sooners were upset by Brigham Young 14-13 in a neutral-site game Saturday evening. Already without tight end Jermaine Gresham because of injury, the Sooners lost quarterback Sam Bradford to a sprain in his right shoulder and played without him for the entire second half.

Stoops said it will take some time before coaches even find out how long Bradford might be unavailable.

"I know it will be asked every day, but that's going to be a fairly long process, meaning probably a week or two," Stoops said. "A lot of it depends on how he heals and how he feels as he's healing here through the week."

Backup quarterback Landry Jones filled in for Bradford. Though Oklahoma was outscored 7-3 in the second half, Stoops said Jones was not at fault.

"I thought he (Jones) handled everything really well," he said. "The major issue were the penalties. That really just took away and destroyed so many drives. The part of having the discipline to play by the rules and eliminate penalties, we have to improve."

BYU scored the winning touchdown on a seven-yard pass from quarterback Max Hall to wide receiver McKay Jacobson.

"We had many opportunities through the drive to come up with a play or to come up with a sack … to get us out of it," he said.

Pinkel impressed with Bowling Green

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said Bowling Green quarterback Tyler Sheehan leads an offense that will present a challenge for the Tigers' defense.

"He's a real talented player," he said. "He threw for over 300 yards last week. I think he runs fairly well, too. I was impressed with that. He got a couple MAC Player of the Week awards last year. I was real impressed with (wide receiver) Freddie Barnes, too. They can spread you out, they've got a real good scheme."

Thursday night, Barnes caught 15 passes for 157 yards as Bowling Green beat Troy, 31-14.

Pinkel mentioned Missouri's recent history against Bowling Green, which beat the Tigers in 2001 and 2002.

"We're not good enough to take anybody lightly," he said. "Bowling Green has beat us the last two times. Through leadership of our team, I think we'll be OK."

Dan Hoch getting back to full strength after injury

Following a recent knee injury late in fall camp, Missouri starting offensive lineman Dan Hoch played occasionally during the Illinois game. Pinkel said he wanted to give Hoch extra rest since he didn't get to practice as much leading up to the game.

"His knee's fine. Actually he played real well," he said. "We just felt, because he'd missed so much time, from the conditioning standpoint … we would rotate Kurtis Gregory in at guard and outside (at tackle), and that worked out really well.

"We expect to keep Kurtis inside now and keep Dan outside (at their natural positions). (We will) probably play Jack Meiners a little bit more. But he (Hoch) played really well.


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